Ryan Cesca Named Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week
Sept. 10, 2001
Walnut Creek, Cal. - Wide receiver Nakoa McElrath of Washington State, cornerback Omare Lowe of Washington and kicker Ryan Cesca of Oregon State have been named Pac-10 Players of the Week in football.
McElrath, a senior from La Jolla, Calif., starred in Washington State's 41-20 win at Boise State that snapped the Broncos' 14-game home winning streak. McElrath pulled in eight receptions for 208 yards (26.0-yard average), including touchdown catches of 7, 25 and 71 yards. He currently leads the nation in receiving yardage and leads the Pac-10 in scoring. Washington State piled up 389 yards passing and 499 yards total offense at Boise.
Lowe, a senior from Maple Valley, Wash., played a key role in Washington's come-from-behind win against No. 11-ranked Michigan. In a span of 51 seconds in the fourth quarter, Lowe was involved in two plays that brought the Huskies from behind in the game to a lead they never relinquished. Lowe blocked a Michigan field goal attempt that a teammate returned 77 yards for a touchdown. Two plays later, he intercepted a pass an returned it 21 yards for what proved to be the winning touchdown. Lowe recorded 10 tackles, eight unassisted, and broke up three passes, including a Michigan two-point conversion attempt.
Cesca, a junior from Manhattan Beach, Calif., played a key role in Oregon State's 27-22 road win at New Mexico State. He connected on two of three field goal attempts from 47 and 24 yards (the other attempt was blocked). In addition, five of his six kickoffs went out of the end zone for no return.
Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were quarterbacks Jeff Krohn of Arizona State and Jason Johnson of Arizona, tailbacks DeShaun Foster of UCLA and Ken Simonton of Oregon State and wide receivers Ryan Wells of Stanford, Jason Willis of Oregon and Reggie Williams of Washington. Also nominated on defense were linebackers Raonall Smith of Washington State, Ryan Nece of UCLA and Lance Briggs of Arizona and cornberbacks Emmanuel Franklin of Arizona State and Rashad Bauman of Oregon. Kickers John Anderson of Washington, Mike Biselli of Stanford, Mike Barth of Arizona State and Ryan Slack of Arizona and long snapper Jeff Grau of UCLA were nominated for special teams play