Riley, Nixon and Owusu Named Pac-10 Football Players of the Week
Sept. 8, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--Quarterback Kevin Riley of California, linebacker Mike Nixon of Arizona State and kick returner Chris Owusu of Stanford have been named Pac-10 Players of the Week in football.
Riley, a junior from Portland, Ore., directed California to a 52-13 win against Maryland. Riley completed 17 of 26 passes (.654) for 298 yards and a career-high four touchdowns with no interceptions. His touchdown passes covered 3, 39, 42 and 15 yards. The Golden Bear offense piled up 52 points and 542 yards total offense (244 rushing, 298 passing) with no turnovers.
Nixon, a senior from Phoenix, Ariz., led the Arizona State defense in a 50-3 win against Idaho State. Nixon had three interceptions in the game, returning one of them 34 yards for a touchdown. The Arizona State defense limited Idaho State to 3 points, 4 first downs, minus-5 yards rushing, 37 yards total offense and just 1-of-13 on third-down conversion attempts.
Owusu, a sophomore from Westlake Village, Calif., sparked Stanford in a 39-13 Conference road win at Washington State. Owusu returned three kickoffs for 143 yards (47.7-yard average), including an 85-yard return for a touchdown.
Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were running backs Toby Gerhart of Stanford, Nic Grigsby of Arizona and Jacquizz Rodgers of Oregon State and freshman quarterbacks Kevin Prince of UCLA and Matt Barkley of USC. Also nominated on defense were linebackers Vuna Tuihalamaka of Arizona and Chris Galippo of USC, safties Rahim Moore of UCLA, Lance Mitchell of Oregon State and Delano Howell of Stanford and end Cameron Jordan of California. Nominated for special teams play were kickers Alex Zendejas of Arizona, Thomas Weber of Arizona State, Justin Kahut of Oregon State and Vince D'Amato of California, punter Reid Forrest of Washington State and return man Terrence Austin of UCLA.