Pac-10 Football Players Of The Week
Oct. 14, 2002
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--Tailback Sultan McCullough of USC, linebacker Josh Amobi of Arizona State and return specialist Keenan Howry of Oregon have been named Pac-10 Players of the Week in football.
McCullough, a senior from Pasadena, Calif., was the workhorse in USC's 30-28 win against California. MuCullough rushed 39 times for a career-high 176 yards (4.5) and one touchdown and added one pass reception. The USC offense piled up 28 first downs, 175 yards rushing, 464 yards total offense and was 11-for-19 on third-down conversions and scored every time it reached the red-zone (5-5).
Amobi, a senior from Phoenix, Ariz., keyed the defensive effort in Arizona State's 13-9 win against Oregon State. Amobi had five tackles, four solo, including three tackles for loss (minus-27 yards), one of which was a quarterback sack for minus-19 yards. In addition, Amboi intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble. His quarterback sack came on the final play of the game with Oregon State threatening from the ASU 15-yard line. The Sun Devil defense did not allow a touchdown and limited the Beavers to 15 first downs, nine yard rushing, 233 yards total offense, just 3-of-17 third-down conversions and intercepted three passes.
Howry, a senior from Los Alamitos, Calif., returned a punt 79 yards for a touchdown in Oregon's 31-30 win at UCLA.
Others nominated for offensive player of the week honors were receivers Reggie Williams of Washington, Jerome Riley of Washington State and Craig Bragg of UCLA, tailback Onterrio Smith of Oregon and quarterback Jason Johnson of Arizona. Also nominated on defense were linebackers Ben Mahdavi of Washington, Matt Grootegoed of USC and Lance Briggs of Arizona and cornerbacks Aaron Gipson of Oregon and Jason David of Washington State. Mike Barth of Arizona State and Michael Schwertley of Arizona 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, USCOct. 5 Kyle Boller, QB, CAL Marcus Reese, MLB, UCLA Drew Dunning, PK, WSUOct. 12 Sultan McCullough, TB, USC Josh Amobi, LB, ASU Keenan Howry, RS, ORE