Pac-10 Football Players Of The Week
Oct. 28, 2002
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--Quarterback Carson Palmer of USC, defensive end Terrell Suggs of Arizona State and kicker Nate Fikse of UCLA have been named Pac-10 Players of the Week in football.
Palmer, a senior from Laguna Niguel, Calif., had a record-setting day in leading USC to a 44-33 win at No. 14-ranked Oregon. Palmer completed 31 of 42 passes (73.8%) for a USC-record 448 yards and five touchdowns of 8, 35, 31, 16 and 8 yards. He established USC single-game records for passing yardage (448) and total offense (434). In the process, Palmer became just the third player in Pac-10 history to surpass 10,000 yards in career passing and total offense. The 448-yard passing day is the second-best in a Conference game this season. Palmer was named Pac-10 offensive player of the week for the second time this season, also earning the honor following USC's season-opening win against Auburn.
Suggs, a junior from Chandler, Ariz., keyed the Arizona State defense in a 27-16 win against Washington. Suggs had a game-high 12 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for loss (-44 yards), 4.5 of which were quarterback sacks (-36 yards), plus he forced a fumble. The 4.5 quarterback sacks raised his total to 17.5 QB sacks for the year, which leads the nation and ties the NCAA single-season record. The Sun Devil defense limited Washington to 42 yards rushing, 252 yards total offense and registered eight quarterback sacks (-67).
Fikse, a senior from Anaheim, Calif., and the All-Pac-10 punter last season, added placekicking duty in UCLA's 28-18 win against Stanford. He had attempted only one field goal previously in his career, but connected on a perfect five-of-five attempts against the Cardinal. Fikse connected from 36, 22, 19, 23 and 44 yards in tying the Pac-10 record for most field goals made in a Conference game. Fikse also averaged 43.8 yards on four punts with a long kick of 56 yards.
Others nominated for offensive player of the week honors were running backs Steven Jackson of Oregon State, Tyler Ebell of UCLA and Jermaine Green of Washington State. Also nominated on defense were linebackers Lance Briggs of Arizona and Brandon Chillar of UCLA, cornerbacks Jason David of Washington State and Darrell Rideaux of USC and tackle Eric Manning of Oregon State. Kickers Mike Barth of Arizona State, Jared Siegel of Oregon and Bobby Gill of Arizona and return man LaShaun Ward of California 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, OREOct. 19 Andrew Walter, QB, ASU Tom Canada, OLB, CAL Mike Barth, PK, ASUOct. 26 Carson Palmer, QB, USC Terrell Suggs, DE, ASU Nate Fikse, PK/P, UCLA