Football Players of the Week For Sept. 25

Sept. 25, 2000

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Tailback Maurice Morris and special teams performer Keith Lewis, both of Oregon, and defensive end DeLawrence Grant of Oregon State have been named Pac-10 Players of the Week in football.

Morris, a junior from Chester, So. Car., and Lewis, a freshman from Sacramento, Calif., played key roles in Oregon's 29-10 win against No. 6-ranked UCLA. Morris was a workhorse in rushing 37 times for 139 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns of one and six yards. He added two receptions for 22 yards. The Oregon offense rushed for 208 yards against the Bruins, had no turnovers, allowed just one quarterback sack and was two-for-two on fourth-down conversion attempts.

Lewis, a freshman safety, recorded four unassisted tackles on the Oregon kickoff and punt coverage units.

Grant, a senior from Compton, Calif., led the Oregon State defensive unit in the Beavers' 35-3 win against San Diego State. Grant forced three fumbles, one of which was recovered by a teammate for an Oregon State touchdown, with the other two setting up Beaver touchdowns. He recorded six tackles, four unassisted, including four tackles for loss, two of which were quarterback sacks. The OSU defense limited San Diego State to no touchdowns, 71 yards rushing, 227 yards total offense and forced seven turnovers.

Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were quarterbacks Jeff Krohn of Arizona State and Jason Gesser of Washington State and tailbacks Petros Papadakis of USC and Ken Simonton of Oregon State. Others nominated on defense were cornerback Chris Cash of USC, end Terrell Suggs of Arizona State and linebacker Garrett Sabol of Oregon. Placekicker David Bell of USC and punter Alan Cox of Washington State were nominated for special teams play.

2000 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Week Offense Defense Special TeamsSep. 2 DeShaun Foster, TB, UCLA Joe Tafoya, DE, ARIZ Nick Murphy, P, ASUSep. 9 Marques Tuiasosopo, QB, WASH Andre Carter, DE, CAL David Newbury, PK, USCSep. 16 Jason Gesser, QB, WSU Larry Tripplett, NT, WASH Nick Harris, P, CALSep. 23 Maurice Morris, TB, ORE DeLawrence Grant, DE, OSU Keith Lewis, S, ORE

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