Emmanuel Franklin Named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week

Sept. 27, 2004

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- Quarterback Matt Leinart of USC, safety Emmanuel Franklin of Arizona State and punter Kyle Basler of Washington State have been named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Football Players of the Week.

Leinart, a junior from Santa Ana, Calif., directed USC to a comeback 31-28 victory at Stanford. The All-Pac-10 performer completed 80% of his passes in going 24-of-30 for 308 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. Leinart also scored on a one-yard run.

Franklin, a senior from Houston, Tex., played a key role in Arizona State's 27-14 win against Oregon State. Franklin made the biggest defensive play of the game denying, Oregon State a sure touchdown when he forced a fumble at the 1-yard line and recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchback. Franklin also had eight tackles, six solo, including one tackle for loss and broke up two passes. The Arizona State defense limited Oregon State to minus-10 yards rushing, forced five turnovers and posted four quarterback sacks (-39). It marks the third straight week Arizona State has been accorded defensive player of the week honors, with Franklin following linebackers Dale Robinson and Jamar Williams in winning the award.

Basler, a junior from Elma, Wash., earned player of the week honors for the second time this season for his performance in Washington State's 20-19 win at Arizona. Basler averaged a school record of 53.4 yards on seven punts with two kicks downed inside the 20-yard line. Included was a fourth-quarter punt that went for a school-record 87 yards, which is the second-longest punt in Pac-10 history.

Others nominated for offensive player of the week honors were quarterback Josh Swogger of Washington State and flanker Syndric Steptoe of Arizona. Also nominated on defense were linebackers Sean Jones of Arizona, Will Derting of Washington State and Lofa Tatupu of USC and end Chris Solomona of Oregon. Kick returner Reggie Bush of USC and kicker Jesse Ainsworth of Arizona State were nominated for special teams play.

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