SAN JOSE -- San Jose State defensive back Bene Benwikere earned his second Western Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week award of the season.
Benwikere was involved in a pair of turnovers in the Spartans' 47-7 thrashing of New Mexico State on Saturday.
The junior cornerback returned a fumble 37 yards for a touchdown that gave SJSU a 37-0 lead in the second quarter. He set up an earlier touchdown with his team-leading fourth interception of the season. Benwikere returned that interception for a touchdown, but a penalty negated the score.
"I guess he'll be defensive player of the week again, I hope," Spartans coach Mike MacIntyre said after the game.
Benwikere has shown the ability to be a big-time playmaker for SJSU's defense. He returned an interception for a touchdown in a 42-13 win over Idaho. He also had a key interception that set up a touchdown just before halftime of a 45-13 win over UC Davis. That game was tied before Benwikere's interception, which he returned 43 yards to set up the go-ahead score.
"He just has great eyes, he has great vision," MacIntyre said of Benwikere's playmaking skills.
Four Spartans have combined to earn the WAC Defensive Player of the Week award six times. Benwikere and defensive end Travis Johnson have been honored twice and linebacker Vince Buhagiar and safety Cullen Newsome have also won the award.
Benwikere also received recognition from the College Football Performance
Quarterback David Fales also earned honorable mention at his position from CFPA. He completed 12 of 18 passes for 276 yards and four touchdowns. His 25 touchdown passes this season ties a San Jose State record.
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