Pac-10 Football Players of the Week Named
Oct. 10, 2005
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--Tailback Maurice Drew of UCLA and safety Anthony Trucks and kicker Matt Evensen, both of Oregon, have been named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Football Players of the Week.
Drew, a junior from Antioch, Calif., led UCLA to a 47-40 win against No. 10-ranked California. Drew accounted for 299 all-purpose yards and tied his own school record in scoring five touchdowns, including two in the final 1:35 of the game to give the Bruins the victory. Drew rushed 15 times for 65 yards and three touchdowns, had 163 yards on three punt returns, including an 81-yard return for a score, and had two receptions for 52 yards, including a 28-yard scoring receptions with 1:35 remaining in the game that provided UCLA the decisive score. In addition to Pac-10 honors, Drew has been named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National 1-A Offensive Player of the Week and The Sporting News Offensive Player of the Week.
Trucks and Evensen played key roles in Oregon's 31-17 upset victory at No. 17-ranked Arizona State.
Trucks, a senior from Antioch, Calif., keyed Oregon's defensive effort with a team-high 11 tackles, 10 solo, including four tackles for loss (-15) and three quarterback sacks (-12), and forced two fumbles. The Oregon defense limited Arizona State to 55 yards rushing, 330 yards total offense, intercepted two passes and posted four quarterback sacks (-20).
Evensen, a walk-on freshman from Portland, Ore., was filling in for injured regular Paul Martinez, the national leader in field goals and a two-time Pac-10 player of the week selection this season. Evensen made good on three-of-five field goal attempts, connecting from 51, 42 and 42 yards. His misses were attempts from 47 and 55 (blocked).
Others nominated for offensive player of the week honors were running backs Terrence Whitehead of Oregon, LenDale White of USC and Jerome Harrison of Washington State and quarterback Trent Edwards of Stanford. Also nominated on defense were linebacker Oscar Lua of USC, safety Dennis Keyes of UCLA and end Mkristo Bruce of Washington State.