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Jackson and Munnelly Named CU Athletes of the Week

Nov 7, 2006

BOULDER-Junior quarterback (football) Bernard Jackson and senior defender (soccer) Laura Munnelly were named University of Colorado Athletes of the Week for the week of October 29-November 4.  This is both Jackson and Munnelly's first CU athlete of the week honors of the year and their careers.   


Jackson, a Corona, Calif., (Santiago) native, recorded 17 carries for 105 yards and two touchdowns in Colorado's 34-21 loss to Kansas State.  His 62-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter was the longest run by a Colorado quarterback since Sept. 9, 1989 (Darian Hagan: 71-yard TD run vs. Colorado State).  In addition to his standout performance rushing, Jackson also recorded 145 yards passing and a touchdown pass to tight end Tyson DeVree while completing over half (55.6) of his passes (10-of18) for a total of over 250 yards of total offense and three touchdowns.


Munnelly, an Arvada, Colo., (Mullen) native, proved why she is considered Colorado's Ironwoman when she played in all 327 minutes of the Big 12 conference tournament for CU (3 Double OT games).  She helped lead the Buffs to the tournament championship game where they eventually lost to No. 9 Texas in a shootout 5-4, after battling to a 1-1 tie through regulation and two overtimes.  She anchored a Buff defense that only allowed four goals in three games.  Two of those games came against two top-15 teams (Texas No. 9 and Texas A&M No. 11) she also became CU's all-time leader in career starts (88).  Munnelly has played in all but 20 minutes of the combined 88 games of her stellar four-year career.  That brings her career total to a CU record 7,843 minutes played out of 7,863 minutes possible (99.7%).


Others nominated for this week's Amber Sutherland (volleyball) and Aija Putnina (Basketball).


Volleyball: Amber Sutherland, Junior, Glenwood Springs, Colo.

Sutherland averaged 4.22 kills per game as CU went 1-1 last week.  She added 3.67 digs and 0.89 blocks per game.  In a five-game win against Kansas State, Sutherland recorded 18 kills and 15 digs. She notched 20 kills and 18 digs in a four-game loss against No. 21 Missouri.  Sutherland recorded her ninth and 10th double-doubles in the matches.


Women's Basketball: Aija Putnina, Freshman, Riga, Latvia

Putnina averaged 10.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, three steals and a block per game in two exhibition games last week, the first two of her career.  She went 4-7 from the floor for 9 points while recording four rebounds, three steals, one assist and a block against the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.  Putnina followed up that performance with a 12 point (4-8 FG), seven rebound (five offensive), three steal, two assist and one block game against the Colorado School of Mines.