U.S. Bank Pac-10 Football Players of the Week
Oct. 13, 2008
Walnut Creek, Calif. -
Running back Toby Gerhart of Stanford, cornerback Jairus Byrd of Oregon and defensive tackle Fili Moala of USC have been named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Players of the Week in football, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced.
Gerhart, a junior from Norco, Calif., played a key role in Stanford's 24-23 upset win against Arizona. Gerhart rushed 24 times for 116 yards and scored the game-winning touchdown from a yard out with 25 seconds remaining in the game. The Stanford offense piled up 286 yards rushing against Arizona as both Gerhart and teammate Anthony Kimble (110) topped the 100-yard mark.
Byrd, a junior from Clayton, Mo., keyed Oregon's defense in the Ducks' 31-24 win against UCLA. Byrd recorded nine tackles, six solo, intercepted a pass and had three pass breakups. The Oregon defense limited UCLA to 53 yards rushing and 351 yards total offense and posted six quarterback sacks (-30 yards).
Moala, a senior from Buena Park, Calif., blocked two field goal attempts in the third quarter of USC's 28-0 win against Arizona State. The two blocks ties the NCAA record for most blocked field goal attempts in a quarter.
Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were quarterback Jeremiah Masoli of Oregon, running backs Joe McKnight of USC and Jacquizz Rodgers of Oregon State, tight end Ryan Moya of UCLA and wide receiver Terrell Turner of Arizona. Also nominated on defense were backs Kevin Thomas of USC, Kris Evans of Stanford and Nate Ness of Arizona, end Slade Norris of Oregon and linebacker Mike Nixon of Arizona State. Kicker Jason Bondzio of Arizona was 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
Oct. 4 Mark Sanchez, QB, USC Cameron Jordan, DE, CAL Bryan Anger, P, CAL
Oct. 11 Toby Gerhart, RB, STAN Jairus Byrd, CB, ORE Fili Moala, DT, USC