Sunday, November 4, 2012
Pac-12 helmet stickers: Week 10
By Kevin Gemmell
Pretty epic weekend in the Pac-12, so there are plenty of stickers to go around (and a few more who would probably be honored any other week). We’re only supposed to do five or six each week, but sometimes you just have to give a little more love. (Shhh, don't tell Ted).
- Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington: Teammate Bishop Sankey could get the nod here also -- but Seferian-Jenkins’ gutty performance on bum ankle was pretty darn impressive. He caught eight balls for 152 yards and a touchdown in Friday's 21-13 win at California.
- Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon: All he did was have more rushing yards in a game than any other running back in Oregon history. And he did it in the biggest game of the year to date. Barner finished with 321 yards and five touchdowns on 38 carries in the 62-51 victory over USC. Huh, so that’s what it looks like when he plays four quarters. I've had him at No. 2 on my Heisman ballot the past three weeks. Guess who’s moving up to No. 1?
- Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon: Poise, pure and simple. In the toughest test of his budding career, Mariota was a sterling 20-of-23 for 304 yards with four touchdown passes and 96 yards on the ground. Oh yeah, no interceptions.
- Reggie Dunn, KR, Utah: He did it again, returning yet another kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, this time in Utah's 49-6 win over Washington State. It’s his third in two weeks -- which as of this posting is believed to be an NCAA record. The four for his career is an NCAA record.
- Kevin Hogan, QB, Stanford: He injected some life into a middling Cardinal offense by completing 18 of 23 passes for two touchdowns with no interceptions. He was also Stanford’s leading rusher with seven carries for 48 yards in the 48-0 victory at Colorado.
- Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA: Kudos go out to his quarterback, Brett Hundley, but Franklin gets the nod in this game for becoming UCLA’s all-time leading rusher. He carried 24 times for 162 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the 66-10 rout of Arizona.
- UCLA’s defense: First, cool seeing defensive coordinator Lou Spanos with eye black smeared across his face like war paint. Second, you hold that offense to 257 yards, and you earn a helmet sticker as a unit.
- Sean Martin, CB, Oregon State: I know Cody Vaz or Terron Ward probably deserve stickers also, but was anyone else really impressed with the way Martin filled in for the injured Jordan Poyer? Looked like he was beaten on that long pass to Richard Smith at the end of the game, but he stuck with the play and ripped it loose. Six tackles (three solo) and a pass breakup is a pretty nice substitute for one of the best defensive players in the conference.