Cal Poly middle linebacker Tu’uta Inoke was rewarded for his standout performance during the Mustangs’ season-opening victory against Montana this past weekend.
The 6-foot-2, 248-pound Inoke recorded a career-high 16 tackles and forced two fumbles, helping Cal Poly defeat the Griz for the second consecutive season.
On Monday, Inoke was selected as the Big Sky Conference defensive player of the week by College Sports Madness. He also was named the national defensive player of the week in the FCS by the same organization.
The Mustangs (1-0) broke into the top 25 of both national polls Monday morning after being unranked in the preseason voting. Cal Poly was ranked No. 19 in the STATS FCS top 25 and 20th in the FCS coaches poll.
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Redshirt freshman kicker Alex Vega also earned an individual honor following his 49-yard game-winning field goal against Montana. Vega was named the ROOT Sports special teams player of the week in the Big Sky.