Carson Palmer Named Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week

Nov. 25, 2002

LOS ANGELES--USC senior quarterback Carson Palmer, a leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy, was named the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week following his performance in the Trojans' 52-21 victory at UCLA.

In that game, he became the Pac-10's career leader in passing yards, completions and attempts by hitting 19-of-32 aerials for 254 yards and 4 TDs with no interceptions (he started off 7-of-7 for 128 yards with 2 scores). He also had a 22-yard scramble where he somersaulted to the 1-yard line to set up a TD. He helped USC put up 468 yards of total offense (271 passing, 197 rushing), its seventh straight outing with 400-plus yards.

It is the third Pac-10 Player of the Week honor for Palmer, who also was honored after the Auburn and Oregon games. It is the seventh such honor for a Trojan in 2002 (previously named were safety Troy Polamalu for Colorado, defensive end Omar Nazel and placekicker Ryan Killeen for Oregon State and tailback Sultan McCullough for California).

Joining Palmer for Pac-10 honors this week were defensive end Kai Ellis (defense) and placekicker John Anderson (special teams), both of Washington.

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