Pac-10 Football Players of the Week Named
Oct. 17, 2005
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Tailback Reggie Bush of USC and linebacker Keith Ellison and punter Sam Paulescu, both of Oregon State, have been named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Football Players of the Week.
Bush, a junior from Spring Valley, Calif., accounted for 265 all-purpose yards and scored three touchdowns in USC's 34-31 win at No. 9-ranked Notre Dame. Bush rushed 15 times for 160 yards (10.7-yard average) and three touchdowns on runs of 36, 45 and nine yards. In addition, he had four receptions for 35 yards, four kickoff returns of 57 yards and three punt returns for 13 yards. It marked the fifth consecutive game Bush has topped the 100-yard rushing mark and he currently leads the nation in all-purpose yards. Bush becomes the first player to earn offensive player of the week honors twice this season, having previously been cited for his play in USC's win at Oregon.
Ellison and Paulescu played key roles in Oregon State's upset victory at No. 18-ranked California.
Ellison, a senior from Inglewood, Calif., keyed Oregon State's defensive effort with a team-high nine tackles, all solo, including three tackles for loss (-14) and two quarterback sacks (-13). In addition, Ellison forced a fumble and recovered a fumble, returning it 27 yards, and broke up one pass. The Oregon State defense limited California to 75 yards rushing, almost 200 yards below the Bears' average, and 315 yards total offense and forced five Cal turnovers.
Paulescu, a senior from Fullerton, Calif., did a good job of keeping the California offense bottled up in its own end of the field. Paulescu averaged 49.9 yards on seven punts, with a long of 64 yards. Six of his seven punts were downed inside the 20-yard line, including two downed at the California one-yard line.
Others nominated for offensive player of the week honors were quarterbacks Kellen Clemens of Oregon and Drew Olson of UCLA and running backs Jerome Harrison of Washington State and Yvenson Bernard of Oregon State. Also nominated on defense were linebackers Keith Rivers of USC and Jon Alston of Stanford, backs Eric McNeal of UCLA and Wally Dada of Washington State and end Devan Long of Oregon. Nominated for special teams play were Patrick Chung of Oregon, punter Danny Baugher of Arizona and kicker Loren Langley of Washington State.