Monday, November 9, 2009
Pac-10 players of the week
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
Stanford running back Toby Gerhart and kicker Nate Whitaker and USC safety Will Harris are Pac-10 players of the week.
Gerhart and Whitaker played key roles in Stanford’s 51-42 upset win against No. 8 Oregon. Gerhart rushed 38 times for a school single-game record 223 yards and three touchdowns. With that performance, Gerhart raised his season rushing total to 1,217 yards, surpassing his own school single-season rushing record. He also has been named the National Offensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
Whitaker was good on three-of-four field goal attempts. He connected from 29, 41 and 48 yards, with his only miss coming from 44 yards. He also was perfect on six PAT attempts.
Harris had two interceptions in USC's 14-9 win at Arizona State, returning one of them 55 yards for a touchdown. The other pick came in the end zone on the game’s final play. Harris also posted five tackles, four solo.
Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were quarterbacks Sean Canfield of Oregon State, Kevin Craft of UCLA and Jeremiah Masoli of Oregon and center Colin Baxter of Arizona. Also nominated on defense were linebacker Keaton Kristick of Oregon State, end Ricky Elmore of Arizona and safety Rahim Moore of UCLA and cornerback Syd’Quan Thompson of California. Also nominated for special teams play were kick returners Travis Cobb of Arizona and Terrence Austin of UCLA and punter Bryan Anger of California.