Pac-10 Football Players of the Week Named
Oct. 31, 2005
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--Quarterback Rudy Carpenter of Arizona State and safety Michael Johnson and kicker Nick Folk, both of Arizona, have been named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Football Players of the Week.
Carpenter, a redshirt freshman from Westlake, Calif., making his first collegiate start in place of injured starter Sam Keller, led Arizona State to a 44-20 win against Washington. Carpenter completed 27 of 34 passes (79.4%) for 401 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. In addition, he rushed for a score. The Arizona State offense piled up 478 yards and had no turnovers.
Johnson and Folk played key roles in Arizona's 29-27 upset victory at Oregon State.
Johnson, a junior from Austin, Tex., had three of Arizona's six interceptions, returning one of them 40 yards for a touchdown. Johnson also was credited with nine tackles, five solo. The UA defense forced seven OSU turnovers, including the six interceptions.
Folk, a junior from Sherman Oaks, Calif., added the punting duties to his usual job of place kicking for Arizona. Filling in for the injured NCAA punting leader Danny Baugher, Folk averaged 42.0 yards on eight punts, with a long of 56 yards and three punts downed inside the 20-yard line. Arizona had a net average of 41.0 yards on Folk's punts. He also was good on his only field goal attempt.
Others nominated for offensive player of the week honors were quarterback Willie Tuitama of Arizona, receiver Dwayne Jarrett of USC and running back Jerome Harrison of Washington State. Also nominated on defense were ends Justin Hickman of UCLA and Lawrence Jackson of USC and safety Josh Golden of Arizona State. Nominated for special teams play were Kyle Basler of Washington State, Mario Danelo of USC and Jesse Ainsworth of Arizona State.