Shavcroft MV Defensive PotV
Colorado Springs, Colorado. — San Diego State senior linebacker Michael Shawcroft was named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. It’s the San Diego native’s (Helick HS) first conference weekly award.
Shawcroft helped the Aztecs to a 23-7 win at Nevada on Saturday night, hauling in a team-high seven tackles (six solo), including two for losses of 11 yards and 9 yards, and a forced fumble. The forced fumble was the fifth of Shawcroft’s career, which is tied for ninth in program history. He recovered it Patrick McMorris and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown to put SDSU on the scoreboard just 54 seconds into the game.
Shawcroft helped limit the Wolf Pack to just 227 yards, its fewest at home since having 203 against Hawaii on Sept. 28, 2019. Nevada’s seven points were also its fewest at home since the same contest at Hawaii ( 3 points). The Wolf Pack managed just 35 yards on 21 carries (1.7 avg.) against San Diego State with 27 yards on one attempt.
On the season, Shawcroft leads the Aztecs with 42 tackles (27 solo), six tackles for loss, three sacks (tied) and one forced fumble (tied), while adding three pass breakups and five quarterback hurries. Shawcroft ranks tied for fifth in MV in tackles for loss per game (0.50), tied for eighth in sacks per game (0.50), tied for ninth in sack yards (26) and 10th in sacks per game (0.50). yards loss (35).
SDSU (4-3, 2-1 MV) plays its second straight game Saturday at Fresno State (3-4, 2-1 MV). Kickoff time is set for 7:30pm PT.