Ducks Reap Individual Honors for Sterling Football Season
Oct. 30, 2000
EUGENE - Two University of Oregon standouts and its sixth-year head football coach are the latest beneficiaries of the school's best football season to date in 41 years.
Quarterback Joey Harrington, who engineered the Ducks' 56-55 double-overtime win at Arizona State Saturday, was named the Pacific-10 Conference's offensive player of the week Monday, in addition to being tabbed one of 15 semifinalists for national offensive player-of-the-year honors by the Football News.
In addition, senior defensive end Saul Patu was chosen one of 15 semifinalists for defensive player of the year by the football publication, while head coach Mike Bellotti is one of 10 nominees for national coach-of-the-year honors.
Harrington tied the school's single-game record with six touchdown passes vs. the Sun Devils to help Oregon overcome a 14-point deficit in the final five minutes of regulation and send the game into overtime. The Portland junior completed 26 of 43 passes for 434 yards and no interceptions, with the passing yards ranking seventh on the Ducks' all-time single-game list.
Harrington, who has moved into 18th in the country in total offense, has completed 133 of 255 passes for 1,897 yards and 18 TDs for the season to guide Oregon to a 7-1 overall record and 5-0 in conference play.
Patu ranks second on the team with 42 tackles and is third in the league in tackles for loss (14) and quarterback sacks (8). In addition, he ranks third on the school's career QB sacks chart with 22.5.
Bellotti has accumulated a 46-21 record in less than six seasons at the Oregon helm, and already has moved into 15th on the conference's all-time winning percentage chart (.614) with a 27-17 league ledger. The program's third winningest football coach of all time, who has guided the Ducks to more victories than any other program in thePac-10 since being elevated to the school's top post in 1995, has led Oregon to a ranking of seventh in the country by the Associated Press and eighth in the USA Today/ESPN poll.
Football NewsOffensive Player of the Year Semifinalists
Damien Anderson, RB, Northwestern, Jr.,Michael Bennett, RB, Wisconsin, Jr.,Drew Brees, QB, Purdue, Sr.,Eric Crouch, QB, Nebraska, Jr.,Woodrow Dantzler, QB, Clemson, Jr.,Joey Harrington, QB, Oregon, Jr.,Josh Heupel, QB, Oklahoma, Sr.,Koren Robinson, WR, North Carolina State, So.,Ken Simonton, RB, Oregon State, Jr.,David Terrell, WR, Michigan, Jr.,Anthony Thomas, RB, Michigan, Sr.,LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, TCU, Sr.,Michael Vick, QB, Virginia Tech, So.,Derek Watson, RB, South Carolina, So.,Chris Weinke, QB, Florida State, Sr.
Football NewsDefensive Player of the Year Semifinalists
Keith Adams, LB, Clemson, Jr.,Adam Archuleta, LB, Arizona State, Sr.,Leo Barnes, DB, Southern Mississippi, Sr.,Mario Fatafehi, DT, Kansas State, Sr.,John Henderson, DE, Tennessee, Jr.,Dan Morgan, LB, Miami (Fla.), Sr.,Saul Patu, DE, Oregon, Sr.,Carlos Polk, LB, Nebraska, Sr.,Pig Prather, DB, Mississippi State, Jr.,Jamal Reynolds, DE, Florida State, Sr.,Karon Riley, DE, Minnesota, Sr.,Richard Seymour, DT, Georgia, Sr.,Dwight Smith, CB, Akron, Sr.,Fred Smoot, CB, Mississippi State, Sr.,T.J. Thatcher, DB, Oklahoma, Sr.
Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech,Mike Bellotti, Oregon,Tommy Bowden, Clemson,Bob Davie, Notre Dame,Dennis Franchione, TCU,Lou Holtz, South Carolina,Rick Neuheisel, Washington,Gary Nord, UTEP,Bob Stoops, Oklahoma,Randy Walker, Northwestern