Olson, James, Jackson Named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Football Players of the Week
Sept. 4, 2007
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--Quarterback Ben Olson of UCLA, linebacker Robert James of Arizona Stateand punt returner DeSean Jackson of California have been named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Football Players ofthe Week.
Olson, a junior from Thousand Oaks, Calif., led UCLA to a season-opening 45-17 Pac-10 victory atStanford. Olson completed 16 of 29 passes for 286 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions.Olson's five touchdowns went to four different receivers and he directed the Bruins to 624 yards totaloffense with no turnovers. It is the second year in a row Olson has been named offensive player of theweek in the opening week of the season, having also been honored following UCLA's opening dayvictory against Utah last season.
James, a senior from Glendale, Ariz., led the Arizona State defense in the Sun Devils' 45-3 season openingwin against San Jose State. James had a game-high 10 tackles, including a quarterback sack (-10) and added an interception. The Arizona State defense limited San Jose State to just seven firstdowns and 115 yards total offense (40 rushing, 75 passing).
Jackson, a junior from Long Beach, Calif., flashed his All-America form in California's 45-31 winagainst No. 15-ranked Tennessee. In his only opportunity of the evening, Jackson reeled off anelectrifying 77-yard punt return for a touchdown to ignite the Golden Bears. It extended his Pac-10record for career punt returns for a touchdown to six.
Others nominated for offensive player of the week honors were running backs Justin Forsett ofCalifornia, Louis Rankin of Washington, Yvenson Bernard of Oregon State, Ryan Torain of ArizonaState and Dwight Tardy of Washington State and quarterback Dennis Dixon of Oregon. Alsonominated on defense were linebackers Zack Follett of California and Reggie Carter of UCLA, safetyDaniel Drayton of Oregon State and end Daniel Te'o-Nesheim of Washington. Kicker Tom Weber ofArizona State, punter Jared Ballman of Washington and Patrick Chung of Oregon were nominated forspecial teams play.
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