Monday, December 6, 2010
Pac-10 players of the week
By ESPN.com staff
Washington running back Chris Polk, Arizona State defensive end James Brooks and Arizona State kicker Thomas Weber have been named Pac-10 Players of the Week.
Polk, a sophomore from Redlands, Calif., rushed for 285 yards on 29 carries -- setting career highs in both categories -- in the 35-28 win at Washington State in the 103rd Apple Cup. His rushing total was second best in Washington history, trailing only the 296 yards that Pro Football Hall of Famer Hugh McElhenny ran for versus Washington State in 1950. Polk also scored two touchdowns from two and 57 yards and caught two passes for 18 yards. He finished the regular season with 1,238 yards, giving him his second 1,000-yard season. He joins Napoleon Kaufman and Greg Lewis as the only Huskies to rush for 1,000 yards in a season twice.
Brooks, a junior from Flagstaff, Ariz., registered three tackles, a sack for minus 11 yards, and two blocked extra points in Arizona States 30-29 win over Arizona in double-overtime of the Territorial Cup. With the score tied at 20-20 and the Wildcats attempting an extra point to go ahead with :27 left, Brooks blocked the extra point attempt that sent the game into overtime. After the teams traded field foals in the first overtime with the score tied at 23, ASU scored a touchdown to make it 30-23 Sun Devils. Arizona scored a touchdown to make it 30-29, but Brooks blocked the extra point kick giving Arizona State the victory.
Weber, a senior from Downey, Calif., was perfect in Arizona State's 30-29 win over Arizona in the annual Territorial Cup game in Tucson. He booted four field goals in regulation and one in overtime, including a 52-yard field to put ASU on the scoreboard first. That kick was the fourth-longest field goal in ASU school history and the second-longest of his career. He added field goals of 36, 38, and 40-yards, the last that gave ASU a 20-14 lead. In overtime, Weber connected on a 40-yard field goal, tying the game at 23 and sending it to a second overtime period. He was perfect on the afternoon on extra points, including the eventual game-winner in the second overtime. On the day Weber was perfect on five-for-five field goals and two-for-two extra points.
Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were quarterbacks Brook Osweiler of Arizona State, running backs Kenjon Barner and LaMichael James of Oregon, and running back Allen Bradford of USC. Also nominated on defense were linebacker Casey Matthews of Oregon, linebacker Malcolm Smith of USC, and linebacker Mason Foster of Washington. Also nominated on special teams were place linebacker Michael Clay of Oregon, and Kiel Rasp of Washington.