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Garcia-Williams named MWC defensive player of the week

    Hawaii linebacker Jerrol Garcia-Williams (2) brings down UC Davis wide receiver Alex Cannon (1) during the first half of a college football game between the UC Davis Aggies and the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors on Saturday

University of Hawaii inside linebacker Jerrol Garcia-Williams was named the Mountain West Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.

Garcia-Williams, a fourth-year junior from Las Vegas, amassed a career-high 15 tackles in a 47-27 victory over UC Davis this past weekend. It was the most tackles for a UH player since Corey Paredes’ 15 tackles against New Mexico State in 2010.

Garcia-Williams, who had 12 solo stops, teamed with safety Daniel Lewis to force a key fumble on a fourth-and-1 rush in the third quarter. That turnover came during a 27-0 surge to move the Warriors out of reach.

"He’s finally back to full speed," UH coach Norm Chow said of Garcia-Williams, who missed all but two games last season after suffering a knee injury. "He worked hard to get back. He deserves a lot of credit for that. This is good news."

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