Pac-10 Football Players of the Week
Sept. 8, 2008
Walnut Creek, Calif. - Running back Jahvid Best of California, linebacker Gerald Munns of Arizona State and kick returner Keola Antolin of Arizona have been named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Football Players of the Week.
Best, a sophomore from Vallejo, Calif., sparked the California offense in the Golden Bears' 66-3 win at Washington State. Best carried the ball 14 times for 200 yards (14.3-yard average) and three touchdowns, including scoring runs of 80 and 86 yards. It marks the first time California has had a player with two 80-yard runs in a season, much less in a single game. The Golden Bears rushed for 391 yards and had 505 yards total offense.
Munns, a junior from Queens Creek, Ariz., keyed Arizona State's defensive effort in the Sun Devils' 41-17 win against Stanford. Despite playing with a broken finger, Munns posted a team-high seven tackles, five solo, including 1 tackle for loss and intercepted a pass, returning it 16 yards. The Arizona State defensive unit limited Stanford to 233 yards total offense (113 rushing, 120 passing) and picked off three passes.
Antolin, a true freshman from Las Vegas, Nev., averaged 32.7 yards on three kickoff returns in Arizona's 41-16 win against Toledo. Included were returns of 37 and 41 yards.
Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were quarterback Rudy Carpenter of Arizona State and Nic Grigsby of Arizona. Also nominated on defense were cornerback Syd'Quan Thompson of California and linebacker Sterling Lewis of Arizona. Kickers Thomas Weber of Arizona State and David Seawright of California were nominated for special teams play.