Kearse, Thomas and Rice Named Pac-10 Football Players of the Week

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--WIde receiver Jermaine Kearse of WASHINGTON, cornerback Mike Thomas of STANFORD and punter Jackson Rice of OREGON have been named Pac-10 Players of the Week in football.

Kearse, a junior from Lakewood, Wash., set career highs for receptions (9), yards (179) and touchdowns (3) in a 41-20 win over Syracuse. Kearse caught touchdown passes of 5, 57 and 28 yards (three straight Washington touchdowns) after the Huskies had trailed 10-6. Kearse leads the Pac-10 in receptions (14) and receiving yards (143.5 ypg).

Thomas, a junior from Houston, Texas, had five total tackles and two forced fumbles in the 35-0 win at UCLA, including one he returned 21 yards for a touchdown. He forced a fumble at the 8:45 mark of the second quarter that eventually led to a Stanford field goal, then stripped the ball and returned it 21 yards for a touchdown with 0:34 left in the third quarter. HIs efforts helped Stanford to its first road shutout since 1974 and its first shutout victory over UCLA since 1941.

Rice, a sophomore from Moraga, Calif., was instrumental in Oregon's 48-13 win at Tennessee as he kept the Volunteers pinned back in their own territory with four punts (41.8 yards per kick) - all landed inside the 20-yard line, two at the 6-yard line. Only one of his four kicks was returned and that was for no gain.

Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were running back Nic Grigsby of Arizona, quarterback Kevin Riley of California, quarterback Darron Thomas of Oregon, running back Stepfan Taylor of Stanford, and running back James Montgomery of Washington State. Also nominated on defense were linebackers Mike Mohamed of California, defensive tackle Zac Clark of Oregon, safeties Joseph Perkins of Arizona and T.J. McDonald of USC, linebacker Mason Foster of Washington, and linebacker Myron Beck of Washington State. Also nominated for special teams play were kickers Thomas Weber of Arizona State, Bryan Anger of California, place kicker Nate Whitaker of Stanford, cornerback Shareece Wright of USC and place kicker Erik Folk of Washington.

Date Offense Defense Special Teams
Sept. 7 Kenjon Barner, RB, ORE Lance Mitchell, S, OSU Cliff Harris, PR, ORE
Sept. 13 Jermaine Kearse, WR, WASH Mike Thomas, CB, STAN Jackson Rice, P, ORE

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