Carson Palmer Named National and Pac-10 Player Of The Week

Oct. 28, 2002

LOS ANGELES--USC senior quarterback Carson Palmer, who set 3 school records in the Trojans' 44-33 win at No. 14 Oregon last Saturday, was named the National Player of the Week by CNNSI.com, USAToday.com and Sporting News.com, as well as the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week.

Palmer, who has vaulted into Heisman Trophy contention, set USC single game marks for passing yardage (448) and total offense (434) while hitting 73.8% (31-of-42) of his throws against the Ducks and his 5 TD tosses equaled a USC record. He was 14-of-18 for 216 yards in the first half and then 12-of-14 for 183 yards in the third quarter.

In the past 2 weeks, he has thrown for 796 yards and 9 TDs. The week before against No. 22 Washington, he hit 21-of-34 passes for 348 yards with 4 TDs (equaling a then-career best) against Washington. In fact, he has thrown for 300-plus yards 3 of the past 4 weeks (381 at No. 17 Washington State 4 games ago).

The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award semifinalist owns 6 USC career records: total offense (10,136 yards), plays (1,631), passing yardage (10,305 yards), completions (813), attempts (1,404) and interceptions (47). He is on pace to become the Pac-10 all-time leader in total offense and passing yardage. His 57 career TD tosses are 1 shy of Rob Johnson's school record.

His line this season: 195-of-314, 62.1%, 2,429 yards, 18 TDs, 8 interceptions. He has done this against the nation's toughest schedule, with 6 AP-ranked opponents among USC's first 8 games.

It's the second Pac-10 Player of the Week honor in 2002 for Palmer, who also was honored for his 302-yard showing in the Auburn opener.

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