Johnson, Nolan and Buehler Named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Football Players of the Week
Dec. 1, 2008
Walnut Creek, Calif. -
Tailback Jeremiah Johnson of Oregon, safety Troy Nolan of Arizona State and kicker David Buehler of USC have been named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Players of the Week in football, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced.
Johnson, a senior from Los Angeles, Calif., led the way for the Oregon offense in the Ducks' 65-38 Civil War win at Oregon State. Johnson rushed 17 times for a career-high 219 yards (12.9-yard average). Included were an 83-yard touchdown run and a 79 yard run to set up another touchdown. The 219 yards rushing is a Civil War record. Oregon put up 65 points, the most ever scored by any team against Oregon State, and piled up a school-record 694 yards total offense, surpassing 300 yards both rushing (385 yards) and passing (309), all without committing a turnover. The 694 yards total offense is the top single-game figure in the Pac-10 this year.
Nolan, a senior from Los Angeles, Calif., was one of many standouts in Arizona State's record defensive performance in the Sun Devils' 34-9 win against UCLA. Nolan had eight tackles, seven solo, and intercepted a pass in the end zone and returned it 100 yards for a touchdown. Arizona State set a Pac-10 record and tied the NCAA mark for most defensive scores in a game as the Sun Devil defense scored four touchdowns, returning three interceptions and one fumble for scores. In addition to the four turnovers for touchdowns, Arizona State limited UCLA to 306 yards total offense and posted five quarterback sacks (-31).
Buehler, a senior from Anaheim, Calif., connected from 35 yards on his only field goal attempt, was 5-5 on PAT conversions and had four touchbacks on seven kickoffs in USC's 38-3 win against Notre Dame.
Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors was tailback Joe McKnight of USC. Also nominated on defense were linebackers Kaluka Maiava of USC and Spencer Paysinger of Oregon and cornerback Michael Norris of UCLA. Kicker Kai Forbath of UCLA was nominated for special teams play.