Chris Owusu Named Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week
Sept. 28, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - For the second time this season, sophomore Chris Owusu has been named the Pacific-10 Conference's Special Teams Player of the Week for his outstanding performance in Stanford's victory over 24th-ranked Washington last Saturday.
Owusu returned the opening kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown, marking his third kickoff return for a touchdown this season. It also marked the second straight week he returned the opening kickoff for a score. Against San Jose State, he returned the opening kick 94 yards for a TD in Stanford's, 42-17 win over the Spartans.
Owusu's three kickoff returns for touchdowns this season are a new Stanford single-season record and tie the Pac-10 mark, set by Anthony Davis of USC in 1974 and matched by Matthew Slater of UCLA in 2007.
Owusu leads the nation in kickoff return average with a 59.2 mark (6 for 355).
The selection marks the second time in four weeks Owusu has garnered Pac-10 Player of the Week honors for his special teams play. He also earned the award after his performance against Washington State in week one that featured an 84-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
Stanford, 3-1 on the season and 2-0 in the Pac-10 Conference, returns to action on Saturday against the UCLA Bruins. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and the game will be televised regionally on ABC.