<
>

Pac-10 helmet stickers

8/31/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Each week, Pac-10 standouts will get a helmet sticker.

Mark Sanchez, QB, USC: A few weeks ago, he looked headed for the bench with a knee injury. Now, after passing for 337 yards with three touchdowns in the Trojans' 52-7 blowout of Virginia, he looks like he might be headed to New York -- as a Heisman Trophy finalist.

The USC defense: This crew lived up to its billing and didn't let its intensity slide while the offense piled up points. It's something to hold a FBS team to 182 total yards and seven points.

Jeremiah Johnson, TB, Oregon: A knee injury prematurely ended his 2007 season, but Johnson ran all over Washington on Saturday night, rushing for a career-high 124 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns.

Oregon DC Nick Aliotti: Everybody loves Oregon's fancypants offense, but it was the Ducks' defense that was most impressive in the 44-10 victory over Washington. Let's see how many other teams hold the Huskies to 242 yards and 10 points.

Kevin Riley, QB, California: He was efficient and poised in leading the Bears to a 38-31 win over Michigan State, completing 17 of 24 passes for 206 yards with two touchdowns.

Rudy Carpenter, QB, Arizona State: Sure, it was only Northern Arizona, but any QB who completes 22 of 28 for 386 yards impresses me. And, by the way, he was only sacked once.

Arizona offense/defense: It might not look very sportsmanlike to beat a team 70-zip, which is what Arizona did to Idaho, but the fact that the Wildcats stuck it to the Vandals on both sides of the ball -- consider 33-7 was the first-down differential -- shows that they are focused on getting it done this year.

Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford: Hey, I know it was Thursday, but his 147 yards on 19 carries with two touchdowns in the Cardinal's win over Oregon State was too impressive to forget about after a couple of days.

Sammie Stroughter, WR, Oregon State: He missed last year with injuries and emotional struggles, but he looked like his old, spectacular self while catching 12 passes for 157 yards against Stanford.