Pac-10 Announces Football Players of the Week
Sept. 11, 2006
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Quarterback Nate Longshore of California and safety J.D. Nelson and kicker Paul Martinez, both of Oregon, have been named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Football Players of the Week.
Longshore, a sophomore from Canyon Country, Calif., directed California to a 42-17 win against Minnesota. Longshore completed 22 of 31 passes (.710) for an even 300 yards and four touchdowns covering 24, 2, 48 and 11 yards, with no interceptions. The passing yardage and touchdown passes were both career highs for Longshore. The California offense piled up 31 first downs and 531 yards total offense against Minnesota.
Nelson, a senior from Mountain View, Calif., and Martinez, a senior from Danville, Calif., played key roles in Oregon's 31-24 road win at Fresno State. Nelson recorded a team-high 13 tackles, six unassisted, including a quarterback sack for minus-nine yards in the waning seconds of the game.
Martinez scored the winning touchdown on a four-yard run off a fake field goal late in the game. He also connected on a 38-yard field goal and converted five PATs to account for 14 points.
Others nominated for offensive player of the week honors were quarterbacks Rudy Carpenter of Arizona State and Alex Brink of Washington State and tailback Chris Markey of UCLA. Also nominated on defense were end Justin Hickman of UCLA and backs Daymeion Hughes of California, Ryan McFoy of Arizona State and Eric Frampton of Washington State, who also was nominated for special teams play. Kicker Justin Medlock of UCLA and punt returner Sammie Stroughter of Oregon State were nominated for special teams play.
2006 U.S. BANK PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Week Offense; Defense; Special Teams
Sep. 2 Ben Olson, QB, UCLA; Keith Rivers, OLB, USC; Nick Folk, PK/P, ARIZ
Sep. 9 Nate Longshore, QB, CAL; J.D. Nelson, FS, ORE; Paul Martinez, PK, ORE