Longshore, Cason, Jackson Named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Football Players of the Week
Nov. 6, 2006
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.- Quarterback Nate Longshore and punt returner DeSean Jackson, both of California, and cornerback Antoine Cason of Arizona have been named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Football Players of the Week.
Longshore and Jackson played key roles in California's 38-24 win against UCLA.
Longshore, a sophomore from Canyon Country, Calif., completed 20-of-24 passes (.833) for 266 yards and three touchdowns of 10, 24 and 44 yards with no interceptions. he added two rushes for 17 yards to compile 283 yards total offense. It marks the third time this year Longshore has been named Pac-10 offensive player of the week, having previously been honored after wins against Minnesota and Arizona State.
Jackson, a sophomore from Long Beach, Calif., returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown against the Bruins. It was Jackson's third punt return for a touchdown this season and fourth of his career, tying Pac-10 records in both categories.
Cason, a junior from Long Beach, Calif., keyed Arizona's defensive effort in the Wildcats' 27-17 upset road win at No. 23-ranked Washington State. Cason recorded six tackles, five solo, forced a fumble and broke up four passes. The Arizona defense limited WSU to 11 first downs, 45 yards rushing, just 2-of-13 on third-down conversion attempts, forced two fumbles and posted four quarterback sacks for minus-27 yards.
Others nominated for offensive player of the week honors were running backs Jonathan Stewart of Oregon and Chris Henry of Arizona and quarterbacks John David Booty of USC and Matt Moore of Oregon State. Also nominated on defense were cornerbacks Terrell Thomas of USC and Daymeion Hughes of California. Kicker Alexis Serna of Oregon State, return man Syndric Steptoe of Arizona and punter Jonathan Johnson of Arizona 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
Sep. 16 Dwayne Jarrett, SE, USC C.J. Wallace, SS, WASH Loren Langley, PK, WSU
Sep. 23 Nate Longshore, QB, CAL Mkristo Bruce, DE, WSU Sean Douglas, P, WASH
Sep. 30 Steve Smith, WR, USC Scott White, OLB, WASH Tom Schneider, PK, CAL
Oct. 7 Justin Forsett, RB, CAL Scott Davis, OLB, WSU Mario Danelo, PK, USC
Oct. 14 Sammie Stroughter, WR, OSU Derrick Doggett, OLB, OSU Alexis Serna, PK, OSU
Oct. 21 Marshawn Lynch, RB, CAL Eric Frampton, SS, WSU Darryl Blunt, P, WSU
Oct. 28 Alex Brink, QB, WSU Josh Barrett, S, ASU Sammie Stroughter, PR, OSU
Nov. 4 Nate Longshore, QB, CAL Antoine Cason, CB, ARIZ DeSean Jackson, PR, CAL