Stanford running back Toby Gerhart, USC linebacker Malcolm Smith and Arizona kicker Alex Zendejas are the Pac-10 Players of the Week.
Gerhart rushed 29 times for 205 yards and three touchdowns, the final score being the game-winner with 59 seconds remaining in the Cardinal’s 45-38 shootout win against Notre Dame. He also threw an 18-yard touchdown pass and added one reception for 33 yards. The three rushing touchdowns give Gerhart 26 for the year, establishing a new Pac-10 single-season record. It is the third time in the last four weeks that Gerhart has been named Pac-10 offensive player of the week.
Smith led the Trojan defensive charge in USC’s 28-7 win against UCLA. He recorded a game-high 15 tackles, seven solo, including 1.5 tackles for loss, and returned an interception 62 yards for a touchdown. Smith also has been named national defensive player of the week by the Walter Camp Foundation.
Zendejas kicked the game-winning field goal as time expired to give Arizona a 20-17 road win at Arizona State. For the game he was 2-for-3 on field-goal attempts and 2-for-2 on PATs.
Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors was Washington quarterback Jake Locker. Also nominated on defense were linebackers Mason Foster of Washington and Travis Goethel of Arizona State and end Ricky Elmore of Arizona. Kickers Nate Whitaker of Stanford, Erik Folk of Washington and Jacob Harfman of USC were nominated for special teams play.