When he was at Redondo Union High School, Nick Diaz was known for his prowess on the football field.
Now at Utah State University, the 5-foot-7-inch, 197-pound student was recognized by the College Football Performance Awards with an honorable mention for the placekicker performer of the week following the Aggies' 41-7 Western Athletic Conference home win against New Mexico State last weekend, according to the official Utah State Aggies website.
During the game, Diaz made a 53-yard field goal, which was the eighth-longest in the school's history and the longest for USU since 2008, according to the website. It was his first-ever field goal attempt.
In 2010, Diaz told Patch that his life revolves around football.
"I have decided to dedicate my life to football because I absolutely love it. Everything about football is a special thing," Diaz said at the time. "For me football is more than just a sport. It is a way of living. Giving everything you have and developing core value such as honesty, integrity, and responsibility."
Eleven other players received honorable mentions in the placekicker performer category.