Pac-10 Football Players Of The Week
Sept. 30, 2002
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--Quarterback Jason Gesser of Washington State, defensvie end Omar Nazel and placekicker Ryan Killeen of USC have been named Pac-10 Players of the Week in football.
Gesser, a senior from Honolulu, Hawaii, led Washington State to a 48-38 comeback victory at California. Gesser completed 28 of 44 passes (.636) for 431 yards, no interceptions and four touchdowns. The four touchdown passes covered 11, 10, 31 and 6 yards and went to four different receivers. Behind Gesser, the Cougars put up 578 yards total offense.
Nazel and Killeen played key roles in USC's 22-0 shutout of Oregon State.
Nazel, a junior from Oakland, Calif., led the Trojan defense with seven tackles, six solo, including four tackles for loss (-14), two of which were quarterback sacks (-10). He also forced a fumble and had a pass deflection. Against an Oregon State defense that entered the contest averaging 499.8 yards and 47.5 points per game, the USC defense pitched a shutout and limited the Beavers to eight first downs, 131 yards total offense (51 rushing, 80 passing), allowed just 1-of-15 third-down conversions and posted five quarterback sacks. USC never allowed Oregon State to even enter the red zone.
Killeen, a sophomore from Norco, Calif., took over the placekicking duties for the Trojans and was good on three-of-four field goal attempts, connecting from 43, 42 and 32 yards.
Others nominated for offensive player of the week honors were quarterbacks Andrew Walter of Arizona State and Cody Pickett of Washington, tight end Mike Seidman of UCLA and split end Mike Williams of USC. Also nominated on defense were linebackers Mason Unck of Arizona State, Spencer Havner of UCLA and Pat Howard of Arizona and safties Greg Carothers of Washington and Erik Coleman of Washington State. Gary Love of Arizona, Tyler Ebell of UCLA and D.D. Acholonu of Washington State were nominated for special teams play.
2002 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Aug. 31 Carson Palmer, QB, USC Will Derting, OLB, WSU Michael Jolivette, CB, ARIZSep. 7 Reggie Williams, WR, WASH Brandon Chillar, OLB, UCLA Hakim Hill, RS, ASUSep. 14 Kyle Boller, QB, CAL Troy Polamalu, SS, USC Jemeel Powell, PR, CALSep. 21 Steven Jackson, TB, OSU Marquis Cooper, ILB, WASH Mark Jensen, PK, CALSep. 28 Jason Gesser, QB, WSU Omar Nazel, DE, USC Ryan Killeen, PK, USC