Masoli, Evensen, Mohamed Named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Football Players of the Week
Oct. 27, 2008
Walnut Creek, Calif. -
Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli and kicker Matt Evensen of Oregon and linebacker Mike Mohamed of California have been named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Players of the Week in football, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced.
Masoli and Evensen played roles in Oregon's 54-20 road win at Arizona State that propelled the Ducks back into the top 25 in the rankings. Masoli, a sophomore from Daly City, Calif., accounted for 232 yards total offense and two touchdowns in the Oregon victory. Masoli completed 17 of 26 passes (.654) for 147 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown pass. He also led the Ducks in rushing with eight carries for 85 yards (10.6-yard average) and one touchdown. The Oregon offense scored 54 points and piled up 537 yards total offense (304 rushing, 233 passing) and the Ducks were forced to punt only two times in the game.
Evensen, a senior from Portland, Ore., connected on two of three field goal attempts, including making a career-long 52-yard attempt, was 5-5 on PAT attempts and had five of his 10 kickoffs go for touchbacks. It marked the second player of the week honor for Evensen this year.
Mohamed, a sophomore from Brawley, Calif., keyed the California defensive effort in the Golden Bears' 41-20 win against UCLA. Mohamed had nine solo tackles, including two tackles for loss (-8) and one quarterback sack (-7), and returned an interception 19 yards for a touchdown. The California defense limited UCLA to one offensive touchdown, 11 first downs, 16 yards rushing on 22 carries, 253 yards total offense, posted three quarterback sacks (-24) and intercepted four passes, returning two of them for touchdowns.
Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were tailbacks Stafon Johnson of USC and Jahvid Best of California. Also nominated on defense were linebackers Rey Maualuga of USC and Sterling Lewis of Arizona and cornerback Walter Thurmond of Oregon. Punter Keenyn Crier of Arizona, kicker Georgia Tavecchio of California and punt returner Terrence Austin of UCLA were nominated for special teams play.