Sanchez, Osaisai, Forbath Named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Football Players of the Week

Sept. 2, 2008

Walnut Creek, Calif. - Quarterback Mark Sanchez of USC, cornerback Wopamo Osaisai of Stanford and kicker Kai Forbath of UCLA have been named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Football Players of the Week.

Sanchez, a junior from Mission Viejo, Calif., showed he is more than ready to take over the reins as USC starting quarterback in the Trojans' 52-7 win at Virginia. Sanchez completed 26 of 35 passes (.743) for a career-high 388 yards and three touchdowns covering 10, 20 and 49 yards. Included was a string of 12 straight completions at one point in the game. The Trojans posted 558 yards in total offense--218 rushing and 340 passing.

Osaisai, a senior from Pinole, Calif., led the Stanford defense in the Cardinal's 36-28 season-opening upset win against Oregon State. Osaisai had a team-high 11 tackles, nine solo and broke up two passes.

Forbath, a sophomore from Pacific Palisades, Calif., was a perfect two-for-two on field goals from 41 and 42 yards in UCLA's 27-24 upset win in overtime against Tennessee. The 42-yard field goal was the game winner in overtime.

Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were running backs Jeremiah Johnson of Oregon, Jahvid Best of California, Nic Grigsby of Arizona and Toby Gerhart of Stanford and quarterbacks Rudy Carpenter of Arizona State, Kevin Craft of UCLA and Lyle Moevao of Oregon State. Also nominated on defense were ends Will Tukuafu of Oregon and Clay Matthews of USC, cornerbacks Syd'Quan Thompson of California and Trevin Wade of Arizona and linebacker Mike Nixon of Arizona State. Punt returner Jairus Byrd of Oregon and punter/kickers Bryan Anger of California, Thomas Weber of Arizona State and Jason Bondzio of Arizona were nominated for special teams play.

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