Kraut Earns Freshman Player of the Week Honors
CEDAR CITY, Utah - The United Athletic Conference released its weekly awards and for the second time this season the Freshman Player of the Week is a T-Bird. Anson Kraut was recognized for his impressive game on Saturday against Tarleton State. Kraut joins Zach Mitchell who garnered the UAC award earlier this season.
Coach DeLane Fitzgerald Said
"I am proud of that young man. He had a couple of big catches that got us going in the second half. He catches that 48-yard pass over the middle and breaks a tackle to go ahead and score and that started the comeback… He is doing what wide outs are supposed to do and we are proud of him for that effort."
Kraut, a redshirt freshman from Beaumont California got his first opportunity to play within the offense this weekend and provided a needed spark. He finished the game with an impressive four catches for 68 yards and a touchdown. Kraut and former high school teammate Gabe Nunez combined for nearly 100 yards in the contest. The receiving corps were a big part of the Thunderbirds 27-26 comeback victory in Texas.
The Thunderbirds will head into the bye week and have extra time to prepare for a home matchup with Austin Peay on October 21st. The United Athletic Conference matchup with the Governors will kick off at 6:00 p.m. MT and will be broadcast on ESPN+.