Pac-12: Mike Nixo
He carries a 4.07 GPA in political science and was the only Pac-10 representative on the first team.
The Phoenix native is a team co-captain and leads the Sun Devils with 65 tackles, including six for loss. He has also intercepted three passes, returning one for a touchdown, blocked a punt and forced three fumbles. Nixon was named Academic All-Pac-10 in each of the past two seasons.
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Masoli, a sophomore from Daly City, Calif., accumulated 387 yards total offense and five touchdowns in Oregon's 55-45 win over Arizona. He completed 21 of 26 passes (80.8 percent) for 298 yards and two touchdowns and no interceptions and also rushed 10 times for 89 yards and three touchdowns. This is Masoli's second Pac-10 player of the week honor.
Paea, a sophomore from Los Altos, Calif., keyed Oregon State's defensive effort in the Beavers' 34-21 win against California that kept their Rose Bowl hopes alive. He posted six tackles, three solo, including two tackles for loss and one quarterback sack.
There had not been a kickoff return for a touchdown in the Pac-10 this season until Oregon State's James Rodgers and USC's C.J. Gable did so at key times in their games.
After California scored on the opening drive, Rodgers, a sophomore from Richmond, Texas, returned the ensuing kickoff 86 yards to tie the score and the Beavers never again trailed.
Gable, a sophomore from Sylmar, Calif., took back a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown to tie Stanford 17-17 shortly before halftime and the Trojans never trailed again.
Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were tailbacks Kahlil Bell of UCLA, Stafon Johnson of USC and Jacquizz Rodgers of Oregon State, Arizona State quarterback Rudy Carpenter and Arizona tight end Rob Gronkowski. Also nominated on defense were Oregon rover Patrick Chung and linebackers Reggie Carter of UCLA, Mike Nixon of Arizona State and Rey Maualuga of USC. Kicker Kai Forbath of UCLA was nominated for special teams play.