Monday, October 26, 2009
Pac-10 players of the week
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
USC tailback Allen Bradford, Arizona safety Cam Nelson and Trojans punt returner Damian Williams are the Pac-10 players of the week.
Bradford and Williams played key roles in USC’s 42-36 win over Oregon State. Bradford rushed 15 times for a career-high 147 yards (9.8 yards per carry) and two touchdowns. He led the Trojan ground attack that rushed for 227 yards.
Williams returned a punt 63-yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, which proved to be the winning score. He also had six receptions for 58 yards to account for 126 all-purpose yards. He currently leads the Pac-10 in punt returns with an 18.0-yard average. It marks the second special teams player of the week award for Williams this season.
Nelson keyed the defense in the Wildcats’ 27-13 win over UCLA. He recorded six tackles, all solo, including two quarterback sacks (-11). He also forced two fumbles, with both of them setting up Arizona touchdowns. The Wildcat defense limited UCLA to no offensive touchdowns, 10 first downs, 211 yards total offense (65 rushing, 146 passing) and just 2-of-15 on third-down conversion attempts.
Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were running backs Jahvid Best of California and Toby Gerhart of Stanford, wide receiver Juron Criner of Arizona, tight end David Paulson of Oregon and quarterback Sean Canfield of Oregon State. Also nominated on defense were linemen Will Tukuafu of Oregon and Cameron Jordan of California Also nominated for special teams play were return man Jeremy Ross of California, punter Jeff Locke of UCLA and Rory Cavaille.