Rey Maualuga Named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week

Dec. 8, 2008

USC senior linebacker Rey Maualuga was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Trojans' 28-7 win at UCLA.

Maualuga had 5 tackles (all solo) and a deflection in the game.  He helped the USC defense limit the Bruins to 157 yards (UCLA’s season low), including just 47 rushing, plus only 7 first downs, 50 plays, 23:26 possession time and 2-of-13 third down conversions.  The Bruins went 3-and-out 7 times and punted 10 times.

This is the second time this season that Maualuga has been named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week, as he previously was honored for his efforts in the Ohio State game.

On the year, Maualuga has a team-best 73 tackles, including 2.5 for losses, plus 3 deflections and 2 interceptions (1 was returned for a TD).  He has been named a 2008 All-American first teamer and he is among 4 finalists for the 2008 Lombardi Award, 3 finalists for the Bednarik Award and 12 finalists for the Butkus Award (he also was among 5 finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy).

Also honored as Pac-10 Player of the Week this week was California tailback Jahvid Best.

This is the 10th time a Trojan has won Pac-10 Player of the Week honors in 2008, with quarterback Mark Sanchez winning 3 times (following the Virginia, Ohio State and Oregon games), PK David Buehler winning twice (for the Washington and Notre Dame games) and once each by defensive tackle Fili Moala (for the Arizona State game), safety Taylor Mays (for the California game) and tailback C.J. Gable (for the Stanford game) in addition to Maualuga's 2 selections.

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