Monday, November 28, 2011
Pac-12 players of the week
By ESPN.com staff
USC quarterback Matt Barkley, Colorado linebacker Jon Major and California kicker Giorgio Tavecchio have been named Pac-12 players of the week.
From the Pac-12 offices:
Barkley, a junior from Newport Beach, Calif., completed a school-record 35 of 42 passes (83.3 percent) for 423 yards and six touchdowns in the 50-0 win over UCLA. His six touchdowns tied his school record set earlier this year at Colorado. Barkley now has a 69.1 completion percentage this season, breaking Rob Johnson’s 1993 record of 68.6 percent. It was Barkley’s second game with more than 400 yards this year and his sixth time throwing for at least 300 yards. He finished the season with 3,528 passing yards, the fifth-highest total in USC history.
Major, a junior from Parker, Colo., had nine tackles, including two tackles for loss totaling 9 yards in the 17-14 win at Utah. He also had a sack in the fourth quarter for 7 yards. Major and the Buffalo defense limited Utah to just 39 yards and one first down in the half. Utah’s 274 yards were the second lowest allowed by Colorado this season behind 243 by Colorado State.
Tavecchio, a senior from Moraga, Calif., scored a career high 17 points on 4-of-4 field goals and 5-of-5 extra points in Cal’s 47-38 win at Arizona State. The 17 points equaled the most by a Pac-12 kicker in 2011. Tavecchio’s four field goals both tied a career high and the most in the Pac-12 this season. He has made 19 of 22 (86.4 percent) field goals this season and moved into fifth on Cal’s all-time scoring list with 252 career points.
Also Nominated (Offense): Nick Foles, ARIZ; Cameron Marshall, ASU; Isi Sofele, CAL; Tyler Hansen, COLO; Darron Thomas, ORE; Andrew Luck, STAN; Nelson Rosario, UCLA; Keith Price, WASH.
Also Nominated (Defense): Mychal Kendricks, CAL; Michael Clay, ORE; Michael Thomas, STAN; TJ McDonald, USC; Princeton Fuimaono, WASH.
Also Nominated (Special Teams): Daniel Jenkins, ARIZ; Will Oliver, COLO; Kyle Negrete, USC; Thomas Tutogi, WASH.