Pac-12 names its players of the week
October, 1, 2012
By Kevin Gemmell | ESPN.com
The Pac-12 conference has announced its players of the week. Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion earned offensive honors, Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton was named defensive player of the week and Arizona punter Kyle Dugandzic earned special teams honors.
From the Pac-12's release:
Mannion, a sophomore from Pleasanton, Calif., completed 29-45 passes for a career-high 433 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-35 win over Arizona. He engineered a 10-play, 75-yard game-winning drive in which he went 6-6 (connecting with five different receivers) for 52 yards, including a nine-yard touchdown strike with 1:09 remaining that provided the winning margin. His 433-yard passing performance represents the fifth-highest single-game total in school history. Mannion, who is the first sophomore team captain in the history of the program, has now thrown for career-highs in back-to-back games after racking up 379 passing yards against UCLA on Sept. 22.
Sutton, a junior from Corona, Calif., was a force on the defensive front, collecting a career-high eight tackles (six solo), including three sacks, and forced a fumble in a 27-12 victory over California. He wreaked havoc in the Cal backfield, notching four tackles for loss (27 yds.) and a quarterback hurry, and was instrumental in ASU’s defense holding the Bears to just 285 yards of total offense. Sutton’s 1.30 sacks per game average is tied for second in the Pac-12 and ranks eighth in the FBS. His 2.0 tackles for loss per game average (10 total) ranks second in the Conference and ninth nationally.
Dugandzic, a senior from Agoura, Calif., punted five times for 234 yards (46.8 average), including a career-long 70-yarder late in the third quarter that pinned the Beavers at their own five-yard line, in a 38-35 loss to Oregon State. He placed a single-game career-high four punts inside OSU’s 20-yard line and served as the holder on all five of the Wildcats’ PATs. His 44.9 gross punting average ranks third in the Pac-12 and 18th in the FBS.
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