Mark Sanchez Named Pac-10 Offensive Player Of The Week
Oct. 6, 2008
USC quarterback Mark Sanchez was named Pac-10 Offensive Football Player of the Week for his performance at Oregon.
It was the third time in the 2008 season's first 6 weeks that Sanchez has won Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week honors. He is the sixth Trojan in history to be be honored as Pac-10 Player of the Week 3 times in a season (along with TB Reggie Bush in 2005, QB Carson Palmer in 2002, CB Antuan Simmons in 1998, WR Curtis Conway in 1992 and QB Rodney Peete in 1988), but the first to do so within the first 6 weeks of a season. No USC player has ever been named the Pac-10 Player of the Week 4 times in a season.
Sanchez hit 19-of-28 passes for 332 yards and 3 TDs (all in the second quarter) in USC's 44-10 win over No. 23 Oregon. His scoring passes covered 34, 63 and 11 yards. He helped the Trojan offense put up 598 yards of total offense, including 443 yards passing (USC was forced to punt only one time in the game).
Sanchez currently is ranked seventh nationally in passing efficiency (172.3, first in Pac-10). In his career, Sanchez has thrown 20 touchdowns, with at least 2 TD passes in his past 6 consecutive starts, plus he has at least 3 TD passes in a game 5 times (including all 4 outings in 2008) and at least 1 TD pass in all 7 of his career starts.
Joining Sanchez in Player of the Week notice this week were a pair of players from California: defensive end Cameron Jordan (defense) and punter Bryan Anger (special teams).