Monday, November 5, 2012
Pac-12 honors Kendricks' effort
By Peter Yoon
UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks has been named the Pac-12 defensive player of the week after totaling 13 tackles in a 66-10 victory over Arizona on Saturday.
Kendricks, a 6-foot, 230-pound sophomore, had two sacks among his tackles and also forced a fumble that led to a third-quarter UCLA touchdown. The Bruins starter at middle linebacker, Kendricks was a key cog in a unit that shut down a high-powered Arizona offense. The Wildcats were No. 4 in the nation in offense with 553 yards per game but had only 257 against the Bruins.
Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey entered the game averaging 120 yards rushing but had only 54 against UCLA.
Kendricks is leading the Pac-12 in tackles with 87 tackles and has 51 of those over the last four games. He had a career-high 17 on Oct. 27 against Arizona State. His brother, Mychal, was the Pac-12 defensive player of the year last season while playing for California.
Oregon running back Kenjon Barner was the offensive player of the week after rushing for 321 yards and a conference-record tying five touchdowns against USC. Utah kick returner Reggie Dunn was named special teams player of the week after returning a kick 100 yards for a touchdown. Dunn has three 100-yard kickoff returns in the last two weeks.