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Utah’s Britain Covey Named Pac-12 Special Teams Player Of The Week

Utah Utes wide receiver Britain Covey (18) returns a punt for a touchdown during a game between the Utah Utes and the San Diego State Aztecs on September 18, 2021, at Dignity Health Sports Park in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Justin Fine/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Pac-12 announced on Monday afternoon that Utah wide receiver and return specialist Britain Covey was named Conference Special Teams Player of the Week.

Britain Covey had six punt returns on Saturday in Utah’s loss to San Diego State, while racking up 132 yards, which is a career-high. In the first quarter, Covey returned a punt 80-yards for a touchdown to put the Utes on the board in Carson, California. It’s the longest single return in the Pac-12 this season and the third PR TD for Covey in his career.

Covey is No. 2 in Utah football history for career punt return yards (871) and needs just 22 punt return yards to pass LaVon Edwards’ 892 yards. The Timpview High star is the first Utah returner to win the weekly award since Cory Butler-Byrd in 2015.

LB Devin Lloyd was nominated for Defensive Player of the Week and DT Devin Kaufusi was nominated for Defensive Lineman of the Week.

Here are the rest of the award winners this week in the Pac-12.

  • Offensive & Freshman: Jaxson Dart, QB, USC
  • Defensive: Verone McKinley III, S, Oregon
  • Offensive Line: T.J. Bass, OG, Oregon
  • Defensive Line: Drake Jackson, OLB, USC

Utah will open Pac-12 play on Saturday, September 25 against Washington State at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Kickoff is at 12:30 p.m. MDT on the Pac-12 Network.

Trevor Allen is a Utah Utes Insider for, Co-Host of Faith, Family and Football podcast with Clark Phillips III and host of the Crimson Corner podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @TrevorASports.