Gerhart, Harris and Whitaker Named Pac-10 Football Players of the Week

Nov. 9, 2009

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--Running back Toby Gerhart and kicker Nate Whitaker of Stanford and safety Will Harris of USC have been named Pac-10 Players of the Week in football.

Gerhart and Whitaker played key roles in Stanford’s 51-42 upset win against No. 7-ranked Oregon.  Gerhart, a senior from Norco, Calif., rushed 38 times for a Stanford single-game record 223 yards (5.9) and three touchdowns covering 1, 4 and 17 yards.  With that performance, Gerhart raised his season rushing total to 1,217 yards, surpassing his own school single-season rushing record.  He also has been named the National Offensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.  Stanford amassed 505 yards total offense (254 rushing, 251 passing) against Oregon.

Whitaker, a junior from San Diego, Calif., was good on three-of-four field goal attempts against Oregon in a game that was in doubt until the final minute.  He connected from 29, 41 and 48 yards, with his only miss coming from 44 yards.  He also was perfect on six PAT attempts. 

Harris, a senior from Covina, Calif., made the big defensive plays in USC’s 14-9 road win at Arizona State.  Harris had two interceptions, returning one of them 55 yards for a touchdown.  The other pick came in the end zone on the game’s final play.  Harris also posted five tackles, four solo.  The Trojan defense forced four ASU turnovers, including three interceptions. 

Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were quarterbacks Sean Canfield of Oregon State, Kevin Craft of UCLA and Jeremiah Masoli of Oregon and center Colin Baxter of Arizona.  Also nominated on defense were linebacker Keaton Kristick of Oregon State, end Ricky Elmore of Arizona and backs Rahim Moore of UCLA and Syd’Quan Thompson of California.  Also nominated for special teams play were kick returners Travis Cobb of Arizona and Terrence Austin of UCLA and punter Bryan Anger of California.


Sep. 5

Offensive: Kevin Riley, QB, CAL
Defensive: Mike Nixon, OLB, ASU
Special Teams: Chris Owusu, KR, STAN

Sep. 12
Offensive: Joe McKnight, TB, USC
Defensive: Reggie Carter, MLB, UCLA
Special Teams: Kai Forbath, PK, UCLA

Sep. 19
Offensive: Jahvid Best, TB, CAL
Defensive: Donald Butler, ILB, WASH
Special Teams: Erik Folk, PK, WASH

Sep. 26
Offensive: Ed Dickson, TE, ORE
Defensive: Devin Ross, CB, ARIZ
Special Teams: Chris Owusu, KR, STAN

Oct.  3
Offensive: James Rodgers, WR, OSU
Defensive: Taylor Mays, FS, USC
Special Teams: Damian Williams, PR, USC

Oct. 10
Offensive: Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, OSU
Defensive: Mason Foster, OLB, WASH
Special Teams: Kenjon Barner, KR, ORE

Oct. 17
Offensive: Nick Foles, QB, ARIZ
Defensive: Jurrell Casey, NT, USC
Special Teams: Bryan Anger, P, CAL

Oct. 24
Offensive: Allen Bradford, TB, USC
Defensive: Cam Nelson, FS, ARIZ
Special Teams: Damian Williams, PR, USC

Oct. 31
Offensive: LaMichael James, RB, ORE
Defensive: Mike Mohamed, ILB, CAL
Special Teams: Justin Kahut, PK, OSU

Nov. 7
Offensive: Toby Gerhart, RB, STAN
Defensive: Will Harris, SS, USC
Special Teams: Nate Whitaker, PK, STAN

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