Jahvid Best Named Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week

Nov. 24, 2008

BERKELEY - Sophomore tailback Jahvid Best, who rushed for a career-high 201 yards in Cal's 37-16 Big Game victory over Stanford, has been named Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week, the second time this season he has earned the honor.

Best averaged 10.6 yards on his 19 carries in the game, which included touchdown runs of 45 and 3 yards. He also had a 60-yard dash on Cal's first drive. In addition, Best added three receptions for 35 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown reception off a hook-and-lateral play with wide receiver Verran Tucker.

Best claimed his first Pac-10 award after gaining 200 yards and scoring three times in a 66-3 win over Washington State Sept. 6. For the season, he is 18th in the country in rushing yards, averaging 108.3 per game. Best is also fifth in all-purpose yards (170.7 ypg) and 10th in kickoff returns (29.1 ypr).

Other winners from the week were Oregon State safety Greg Laybourn and Washington State place kicker Nico Grasu.

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.

Best's award marks the seventh time a Golden Bear has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week this fall. The others are: DE Cameron Jordan (Defense, Oct. 4), LB Mike Mohamed (Defense, Oct. 25), Zack Follett (Defense, Nov. 1), Syd'Quan Thompson (Special Teams, Sept. 27) and Bryan Anger (Special Teams, Oct. 4).

2008 U.S. BANK PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEKOffenseAug. 30    Mark Sanchez, QB, USCSept. 6    Jahvid Best, TB, CALSept. 13   Mark Sanchez, QB, USCSept. 20   Marshall Lobbestael, QB, WSUSept. 27   Jacquizz Rodgers, TB, OSUOct. 4     Mark Sanchez, QB, USCOct. 11    Toby Gerhart, RB, STANOct. 18    Keola Antolin, RB, STANOct. 25    Jeremiah Masoli, QB, ORENov. 1     Jacquizz Rodgers, TB, OSUNov. 8     Jacquizz Rodgers, TB, OSUNov. 15    Jeremiah Masoli, QB, ORENov. 22    Jahvid Best, TB, CAL

DefenseAug. 30 Wopamo Osaisai, CB, STANSept. 6 Gerald Munns, MLB, ASUSept. 13 Rey Maualuga, MLB, USCSept. 20 Corey Hall, DB, ARIZSept. 27 Greg Laybourn, S, OSUOct. 4 Cameron Jordan, DE, CALOct. 11 Jairus Byrd, CB, OREOct. 18 Greg Laybourn, S, OSUOct. 25 Mike Mohamed, ILB, CALNov. 1 Zack Follett, OLB, CALNov. 8 Taylor Mays, FS, USCNov. 15 Stephen Paea, DT, OSUNov. 22 Greg Laybourn, S, OSU

Special TeamsAug. 30 Kai Forbath, PK, UCLASept. 6 Keola Antolin, KR, ARIZSept. 13 Matt Evensen, PK, ORESept. 20 Mike Thomas, PR, ARIZSept. 27 Syd'Quan Thompson, PR, CALOct. 4 Bryan Anger, P, CALOct. 11 Fili Moala, DT, USCOct. 18 Kai Forbath, PK, UCLAOct. 25 Matt Evensen, PK, ORENov. 1 David Buehler, PK, USCNov. 8 Thomas Weber, PK/P, ASUNov. 15 C.J. Gable, KR, USC and James Rodgers, KR, OSUNov. 22 Nico Grasu, PK, WSU

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