Pac-10 helmet stickers

August, 31, 2008

Posted by'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.



You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?


Thursday, 10/2
Saturday, 10/4