Best, Laybourn and Grasu named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Football Players of the Week
Nov. 24, 2008
Walnut Creek, Calif. -
Tailback Jahvid Best of California, safety Greg Laybourn of Oregon State and kicker Nico Grasu of Washington State have been named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Players of the Week in football, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced.
Best, a sophomore from Vallejo, Calif., sparked California's offense in the Golden Bears' 37-16 Big Game victory against Stanford. Best rushed 19 times for a career-high 201 yards (10.6-yard average) and two touchdowns of three and 45 yards. He added three receptions for 35 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown reception. The Cal offense piled up 287 yards rushing against the Cardinal. It marked the second offensive player of the week honor for Best this season.
Laybourn, a senior from Portland, Ore., keyed Oregon State's defense in the Beavers' 19-17 road win at Arizona that kept OSU's Rose Bowl hopes alive. Laybourn had a team-high 11 tackles, eight solo, including 1.5 tackles for loss. The Oregon State defense limited Arizona to 297 yards total offense and posted three quarterback sacks. It is the third defensive player of the week honor for Laybourn this season.
Grasu, a sophomore from Encino, Calif., played a critical role in Washington State's 16-13 double-overtime upset win against Washington. Grasu was three-for-three on field goal attempts. His first field goal came from 28 yards as time expired to send the game into overtime. He kicked a 19-yarder in the first overtime period and nailed the game-winner from 37 yards in the second overtime.
Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors was wide receiver Sammie Stroughter of Oregon State. Also nominated on defense were linebackers Zack Follett of California and Louis Bland of Washington State. Kicker Justin Kahut of Oregon State and punter Bryan Anger of California were nominated for special teams play.