Pac-10 Football Players of the Week Named
Nov. 14, 2005
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- Quarterback Drew Olson of UCLA, linebacker Evan Benjamin of Washington and kicker Paul Martinez of Oregon have been named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Football Players of the Week.
Olson, a senior from Piedmont, Calif., directed UCLA to a 45-35 shootout win against Arizona State. Olson completed 22 of 27 passes (.815) for 510 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions. His touchdown passes covered 91, 56, 6, 7 and 13 yards. The 510 yards passing is the seventh-best single game total in Pac-10 history. Behind Olson, the Bruins piled up 660 yards total offense and only punted once all game. He currently leads the nation in passing efficiency and touchdown passes. In addition to Pac-10 Player of the Week honors, Olson has been named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National I-A Offensive Player of the Week. It is the third Pac-10 Player of the Week honor for Olson this year, having previously been named after his performances against Oklahoma and Oregon State.
Benjamin, a senior from Redmond, Wash., led Washington's defensive unit in the Huskies' 38-14 upset win at Arizona. Benjamin posted a team-high 10 tackles, 8 solo, including 2.5 tackles for loss (-11) and one quarterback sack (-8), plus he forced a fumble and intercepted a pass, returning it 44 yards. The Husky defense limited Arizona to 87 yards rushing and 322 yards total offense and forced five turnovers. Among the turnovers were three interceptions returned 91 yards, including one returned for a touchdown.
Martinez, a junior from Danville, Calif., was two-for-two on field goal attempts in Oregon's 34-31 win at Washington State. Included was the game-winner from 19 yards with one second remaining in the game. His other field goal was good from 45 yards and he added two PATs. It is the third Special Teams Player of the Week honor for Martinez this season.
Others nominated for offensive player of the week honors were running backs James Sims of Washington, LenDale White of USC and Jerome Harrison of Washington State, quarterback Dennis Dixon of Oregon and wide receiver Derek Hagan of Arizona State. Also nominated on defense were linebackers Brian Cushing of USC and Greg Trent of Washington State, end Darius Sanders of Oregon and safety Jarrad Page of UCLA. Punt returner Trandon Harvey of Washington State was nominated for special teams play.