Monday, November 11, 2013
Pac-12 names players of the week
By Kevin Gemmell
UCLA linebacker/running back Myles Jack has been honored as the Pac-12’s offensive player of the week, while Stanford’s Shayne Skov earned defensive honors, and USC’s Nelson Agholor was named special teams player of the week.
Here’s some more on the trio per the Pac-12’s release:
Jack, a freshman from Bellevue, Wash., played on the offensive side of the ball for the first time this season, keying a 31-26 Bruin win over Arizona in Tucson on Saturday night. He rushed for 120 yards on six carries, including a 66-yard dash for a touchdown to extend UCLA’s lead late in the fourth quarter. Jack’s rushing total is tied for 10th on the all-time school freshman list, while the 66-yard scamper is the fourth longest by a freshman in program history. Playing his true position at linebacker, Jack added eight tackles, a tackle for loss, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery in the end zone as the Bruin defense held off the Wildcats for the win.
Skov, a fifth-year senior from Guadalajara, Mexico., led a Stanford defense that stifled the No. 2-ranked Oregon offense en route to a 26-20 win on Thursday night at Stanford Stadium. He collected a team-leading nine tackles, including two tackles for loss, and added two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, two quarterback hurries and a pass breakup as the Cardinal limited a Duck rushing attack that was averaging 331.5 yards a game to just 62 total yards rushing. Both of Skov’s forced fumbles ended Oregon scoring chances, including a forced fumble and fumble recovery inside the 5-yard line as the Ducks were looking to pull within seven in the first half.
Agholor, a sophomore from Tampa, Fla., turned in a record-setting day as the Trojans' punt returner in a 62-28 win at California on Saturday afternoon. He returned punts of 75 and 93 yards for touchdowns to tie a Pac-12 record for punts returned for touchdowns in a single game, while the 93-yard return tied for second-longest in program history. His 168 total punt return yards broke USC’s single-game mark. Agholor added 35 yards on four receptions and a 12-yard kickoff return to bring his all-purpose yards total to 215, good for an average of 30.7 yards per touch.
Also nominated for offensive player-of-the-week honors were running backs Marion Grice of Arizona State and Tyler Gaffney of Stanford; tailback Javorius Allen of USC; and quarterback Keith Price of Washington. Also nominated for defensive player-of-the-week honors were Jack of UCLA and Jason Whittingham of Utah; and defensive tackle Will Sutton of Arizona State. Also nominated for special teams player-of-the-week honors were punters Sean Covington of UCLA and Tom Hackett of Utah; and Stanford placekicker Jordan Williamson.