Cal's Rodgers, USC's Poole, and Oregon's Washington Named Pac-10 Player of the Week
RODGERS, POOLE AND WASHINGTON NAMED BANK OF AMERICA HIGHER STANDARDSPAC-10 FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--Quarterback Aaron Rodgers of California, cornerback Will Poole of USC and kick returner Kenny Washington of Oregon have been named Bank of America Higher Standards Pac-10 Football Players of the Week.
Rodgers, a sophomore from Chico, Calif., led California to a record-breaking 54-7 win against Washington. He completed 20 of 33 passes (.606) for a career-high 348 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. In addition, Rodgers rushed for a touchdown. California established a school single-game record for total offense with 729 yards, 381 rushing and 348 passing. In addition, the Golden Bear offense recorded 28 first downs, had no turnovers and did not allow a quarterback sack. It marks the second time in three weeks Rodgers has been accorded Pac-10 offenisve player of the week honors.
Poole, a senior from St. Albans, N.Y., played a key role in USC's 45-0 shutout win at Arizona. Poole had two interceptions, along with a deflection and two solo tackles as the Trojan defense limited the Wildcats to 10 first downs, 195 yards total offense (50 rushing, 145 passing), 2-of-15 third-down conversions and intercepted three passes.
Washington, a junior from Brea, Calif., provided one of Oregon's big plays in the Ducks' 31-13 win at UCLA. He returned three kickoffs for 159 yards (53-yard average), including a 97-yard return for a touchdown. He also had a return of 42 yards that set up another Oregon touchdown. The 97-yard return for a touchdown was the longest kickoff return in a Pac-10 game this year.
Others nominated for offensive player of the week honors were receivers Mike Williams of USC, Mike Hass of Oregon State and Devard Darling of Washington State and quarterback Kellen Clemens of Oregon. Also nominated on defense were linebackers Jerry Matson of Oregon, Richard Seigler of Oregon State, Pat Bennett of Washington State, Wendell Hunter of California and Joe Siofele of Arizona. Kickers Kirk Yliniemi of Oregon State, Drew Dunning of Washington State and Ryan Killeen of USC and punter Danny Baugher of Arizona were nominated for special teams play.
2003 BANK OF AMERICA HIGHER STANDARDS PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Week Offense Defense Special TeamsAug. 30 A. Echemandu, TB, CAL Mike Patterson, NT, USC Drew Dunning, PK, WSUSep. 6 Cody Pickett, QB, WASH Will Derting, OLB, WSU Tom Malone, P, USCSep. 13 Matt Kegel, QB, WSU Brandon Chillar, ILB, UCLA Justin Medlock, PK, UCLASep. 20 Adam Snyder, OT, ORE Wendell Hunter, OLB, CAL Drew Dunning, PK, WSUSep. 27 A. Echemandu, TB, CAL Brandon Browner, CB, OSU Jeremy Bohannon, FS, WSUOct. 4 Steven Jackson, TB, OSU Dave Ball, DE, UCLA Ryan Killeen, PK, USCOct. 11 Andrew Walter, QB, ASU Kenechi Udeze, DE, USC Chris Kluwe, P, UCLAOct. 18 Charles Frederick, WR, WASH Brandon Chillar, ILB, UCLA Spencer Havner, OLB, UCLAOct. 25 Matt Leinart, QB, USC Will Derting, OLB, WSU Aaron Gipson, DB, ORENov. 1 Aaron Rodgers, QB, CAL Michael Craven, OLB, STAN Luke Powell, PR, STANNov. 8 Michael Bell, HB, ARIZ Erik Coleman, FS, WSU Erik Coleman, FS, WSUNov. 15 Aaron Rodgers, QB, CAL Will Poole, CB, USC Kenny Washington, KR, ORE