Pac-10 Football Players of the Week
Sept. 29, 2008
Walnut Creek, Calif. -
Tailback Jacquizz Rodgers and safety Greg Laybourn of Oregon State and punt returner Syd'Quan Thompson of California have been named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Players of the Week in football, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced.
Rodgers and Laybourn played key roles in Oregon State's 27-21 upset victory against top-ranked USC. Rodgers, a freshman from Richmond, Texas, rushed 37 times for 186 yards (5.0) and two touchdowns against the Trojans. He added two receptions for 27 yards to account for 213 all-purpose yards.
Laybourn, a senior from Portland, Oregon, had a team-high 11 tackles, four solo, and intercepted a pass late in the game, returning it 28 yards to the USC 2-yard line to set up what proved to be the decisive touchdown for Oregon State. The Oregon State defense limited USC to 86 yards rushing and 313 yards total offense and just 2-of-10 on third-down conversion attempts.
Thompson, a junior from Sacramento, Calif., keyed a big day for California's special teams in the Golden Bears' 42-7 win against Colorado State. Thompson returned five punts for 131 yards (26.2-yard average), including a 73-yard return for a touchdown. California set a school record with 187 punt return yards in the game. In addition to Thompson's punt return for a score, the Cal special teams scored a second touchdown returning a blocked punt for a score.
Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were running back Anthony Kimble of Stanford and center Max Unger of Oregon. Also nominated on defense were backs Bo McNally of Stanford, Walter Thurmond III of Oregon and Syd'Quan Thompson of California. Kick returner Terrence Austin of UCLA and punter Josh Syria of Oregon were nominated for special teams play.
2008 U.S. BANK PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Week Offense Defense Special Teams
Aug. 30 Mark Sanchez, QB, USC Wopamo Osaisai, CB, STAN Kai Forbath, PK, UCLA
Sep. 6 Jahvid Best, RB, CAL Gerald Munns, MLB, ASU Keola Antolin, KR, ARIZ
Sep. 13 Mark Sanchez, QB, USC Rey Maualuga, MLB, USC Matt Evensen, PK, ORE
Sep. 20 Marshall Lobbestael, QB, WSU Corey Hall, DB, ARIZ Mike Thomas, PR, ARIZ
Sep. 27 Jacquizz Rodgers, TB, OSU Greg Laybourn, S, OSU Syd'Quan Thompson, PR, CAL