USC quarterback Matt Barkley, Arizona cornerback Shaquille Richardson and USC place kicker Joe Houston have been named Pac-10 Players of the Week.
Barkley, a sophomore from Newport Beach, Calif., completed 25 of 37 passes for 352 yards and a school-record-tying five touchdowns and no interceptions in a 48-14 win against California. He threw all five scoring strikes in the first half, leading USC to a 42-0 lead at the break. He helped USC’s offense to roll up 602 total yards against a Cal defense that led the Pac-10 in total (254.8) and pass (148.8) defense. Barkley also threw five TD passes at Hawaii. He currently is eighth nationally in passing efficiency (167.3). His 20 touchdown passes are second most in the nation.
Richardson, a freshman from Carson, Calif., started in place of injured junior cornerback Trevin Wade, a second team All-Pac-10 performer, and he grabbed two interceptions, broke up three other passes and registered seven total tackles – all solo – in the 24-7 win at Washington State. Richardson, picked off his second pass of the game in the endzone, ensuring a single-digit point total for the opponent. Arizona held an opponent to single digits for the fourth time this season. The overall effort improved UA’s defensive marks in several statistical categories. The Wildcats lead the Pac-10 in total defense (284.3 ypg, No. 10 nationally), scoring defense (13.3 ppg, No. 7 nationally) and rushing defense (89.7 ypg, No. 8 nationally).
Houston, a senior from Redondo Beach, Calif., hit a pair of 27-yard field goals, all six of his PATs and had a 26-yard pooch punt down to the California 8-yard line. A former walk-on now on scholarship, Houston is 28-of-28 on PATs in 2010 in his first year as USC’s kicker and now is 4-of-8 on field goals.
Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were running backs Keola Antolin of Arizona and Jacquizz Rodgers of Oregon State, and quarterback Jake Locker of Washington. Also nominated on defense were linebackers Chris Galippo of USC and Mason Foster of Washington, and safety Deone Bucannon of Washington State.