Monday, September 5, 2011
Robert Woods named Pac-12 player of the week
By Pedro Moura
USC receiver Robert Woods was named Pac-12 player of the week Monday after he put up a school-record 17 catches for 177 yards and three touchdowns in the Trojans' season-opening win over Minnesota on Saturday.
Woods, a sophomore, broke the school's previous record of 15 catches in a game, set by Johnnie Morton in 1993. He did it by accumulating 11 catches in the first half, including all three of his scores, and then added four more in the third quarter to tie the record before breaking it in the fourth period.
Before the 2011 season began, Trojans coach Lane Kiffin said a reasonable goal for Woods this season would be to post a 90-catch season. He had 65 last season as a true freshman and is currently on pace for 204 catches. To reach 90 catches this year, he'd have to average just over 6.5 receptions a game for USC's 11 remaining contests.
USC's Torin Harris was also nominated for Pac-12 defensive player of the week for his game-saving interception in the fourth quarter of Saturday's 19-17 win over Minnesota and left tackle Matt Kalil was nominated for special teams player of this week for his first-quarter block of a kick by the Gophers' Chris Hawthorne.
Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant and kicker Erik Folk were the other conference honorees.