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."