Pac-10 Football Players of the Week Named
Nov. 21, 2005
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--Tailback Reggie Bush of USC, linebacker Mickey Pimentel of California and kick returner Jonathan Stewart of Oregon have been named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Football Players of the Week.
Bush, a junior from Spring Valley, Calif., put on a spectacular display in USC's 50-42 win against No. 16-ranked Fresno State. Bush had a Pac-10 record 513 all-purpose yards, the second-highest single-game total in NCAA history. He rushed 23 times for 294 yards (12.8-yard average), including touchdown runs of 45 and 50 yards. He added three receptions for 68 yards (22.7), seven kickoff returns for 135 yards and a punt return for 16 yards. Bush had 10 plays of 20-plus yards, including five of 35-plus yards. In addition to Pac-10 player of the week honors, Bush has been named the Walter Camp Football Foundation Offensive Player of the Week and The Sporting News National Player of the Week. It is the third Pac-10 offensive player of the week award for Bush this season, having previously been named after Trojan wins at Oregon and Notre Dame.
Pimentel, a junior from San Diego, Calif., was among the defensive leaders in California's 27-3 Big Game win at Stanford. Pimentel was credited with five tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss (-27 yards) and 2.5 quarterback sacks and he forced a fumble. The California defense limited Stanford to 16 yards rushing and 244 yards total offense and posted nine quarterback sacks for minus-70 yards. Eleven different Cal defenders were credited with a tackle for loss.
Stewart, a freshman from Lacey, Wash., returned three kickoffs for 152 yards (50.7), including a 97-yard return for a touchdown in Oregon's 56-14 Civil War victory against Oregon State.
Others nominated for offensive player of the week honors were running backs Jerome Harrison of Washington State and Marshawn Lynch of California and quarterback Dennis Dixon of Oregon. Also nominated on defense were backs Aaron Gipson of Oregon and Darnell Bing of USC and linebacker Will Derting of Washington State. Kicker Mario Danelo of USC was nominated for special teams play.