Monday, October 5, 2009
Pac-10 players of the week
By Ted Miller
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
Oregon State wide receiver James Rodgers, USC safety Taylor Mays and Trojans punt returner Damian Williams have been named Pac-10 players of the week.
In Oregon State’s 28-17 upset win at Arizona State, Rodgers accounted for 209 all-purpose yards with 10 receptions for 114 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown reception, plus 60 yards on three punt returns and 30 yards on kickoff returns. He leads the Pac-10 in both receptions per game (7.4) and receiving yards per game (93.2).
Mays and Williams played prominent roles in USC’s 30-3 win at then-No. 24-ranked California. Mays had a team-high 10 tackles -- six solo -- and had an end zone interception that thwarted a potential California scoring drive. USC did not allow a touchdown, gave up just 285 yards total offense and posted three quarterbacks sacks.
Williams returned a punt 66 yards for a touchdown in addition to having eight receptions for 101 yards.
Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were running backs Toby Gerhart of Stanford and Joe McKnight of USC, tight end Ed Dickson of Oregon and wide receiver Chris McGaha of Arizona State. Also nominated on defense were linebacker Clinton Snyder of Stanford, cornerback Willie Glasper of Oregon and end Matt LaGrone of Oregon State. Also nominated for special teams play were punters Jackson Rice of Oregon and Jeff Locke of UCLA.