Pac-10 Football Players of the Week (10/15/01)

Oct. 15, 2001

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--Tailback DeShaun Foster and linebacker Robert Thomas of UCLA and special teams performer Josh Moen of Washington State have been named Pac-10 Players of the Week in football.

Foster and Thomas played major roles in UCLA's 35-13 win against No. 10-ranked Washington.

Foster, a senior from Tustin, Calif., rushed 31 times for 301 yards (9.7-yard average) and four touchdowns of 5, 21, 1 and 92 yards. The 301 yards rushing is a UCLA record and the third-best single-game rushing performance in Pac-10 history. Foster currently leads the nation in rushing at 162.6 yards per game. It marks the second time this year Foster has been awarded offensive player of the week honors, also picking up the award following the Oregon State game.

Thomas, a senior from Imperial, Calif., led the UCLA defensive unit that shut down the Washington attack. Thomas posted a game-high 12 tackles, 11 unassisted, including three tackles for loss (-16) and had two passes defensed. The Bruins limited Washington to 16 yards rushing, just 2-for-16 on third-down conversion attempts and posted four quarterback sacks.

Moen, a senior from Tacoma, Wash., came up with a key play in Washington State's 45-39 upset win at No. 23-ranked Stanford. Moen blocked a punt which was returned for a Cougar touchdown. He also was credited with two tackles on special teams.

Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were quarterback Carson Palmer of USC and wide receiver Mike Bush of Washington State. Also nominated on defense were end D.D. Acholonu of Washington State and backs Marley Tucker of Oregon and Mitch Meeuwsen of Oregon State. Punter Nate Fikse of UCLA, linebacker Wesly Mallard and kickers David Davis of USC and Ryan Cesca of Oregon State were nominated for special teams play.

Sep. 1 Tab Perry, FL, UCLA
Sep. 8 Nakoa McElrath, WR, WSU
Sep. 22 Randy Fasani, QB, STAN
Sep. 29 DeShaun Foster, TB, UCLA
Oct. 6 Joey Harrington, QB, ORE
Oct. 13 DeShaun Foster, TB, UCLA

Sep. 1 Keith Lewis, FS, ORE
Sep. 8 Omare Lowe, CB, WASH
Sep. 22 Steve Smith, CB ORE
Sep. 29 Marcus Hoover, DE, STAN
Oct. 6 Ben Mahdavi, ILB, WASH
Oct. 13 Robert Thomas, MLB, UCLA

Special Teams
Sep. 1 Chris Griffith, PK, UCLA
Sep. 8 Ryan Cesca, PK, OSU
Sep. 22 Roc Alexander, KR, WASH
Sep. 29 Derek McLaughlin, P, WASH
Oct. 6 John Anderson, PK, WASH
Oct. 13 Josh Moen, DB, WSU

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