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Utah State CB Nevin Lawson earns Mountain West player of the week nod
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Logan • After losing to Boise State on Saturday night, Nevin Lawson wasn't much in the mood to talk about his game.

It had been a good one, maybe his best as an Aggie. And even if he didn't want to talk about it, others took notice.

Lawson became the first Utah State player to earn a Mountain West player of the week nod, coming off a nine-tackle, three-break-up, two-interception game. Although the Broncos had been able to throw on the Aggies, they weren't able to catch Lawson off-guard much.

Wells talked about the senior corner on Monday, lauding his past few games with strong play.

"Nevin's really expanded his game," Wells said. "He played well. He made plays with the ball in the air twice. The pick-six, that was an awesome play. Big time."

In a defense that has been leaky at times, Lawson has made the most of his match-ups with No. 1 receivers. Wells called him a near lockdown-type corner on one side, and he's been showing up with more breakups, more turnovers and fewer flags than in past seasons.

Boise State's Matt Miller, one of the biggest, most reliable targets in the conference, was held to only two catches. Lawson also drew some positive reviews for how he covered 2012 Biletnikoff winner Marqise Lee at USC a few weeks back.

"That didn't surprise me because the guy works really hard," Travis Reynolds said.

Lawson's pick-six this weekend was Utah State's first since Will Davis did the feat last year. Lawson's three interceptions this season already eclipse the two picks he had entering the season for his career.

At least a few of his teammates think the senior, like Davis before him, could be making an impression on the NFL.

"Nevin, you'll see him play on Sundays," tackle A.J. Pataiali'i said. "Those calliber of players, they do it on game week, they do it in practice. You see it on game day because he does it throughout the week. He's one of the main leaders on our defense, and when we're down, he's there. He's a vocal leader."

— Kyle Goonkgoon@sltrib.comTwitter: @kylegoon

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