James, Harris and Folk Named Pac-10 Football Players of the Week
WALNUT CREEK,Calif. -- Running back LaMichael James of OREGON, cornerback Cliff Harris of Oregon and place kicker Erik Folk of WASHINGTON have been named Pac-10 Players of the Week in football.
James, a sophomore from Texarkana, Texas, led No. 4 Oregon to a 52-31 victory over No. 9 Stanford as he carried the ball 31 times for a career-high 257 yards and three touchdowns (5, 3, and 76-yards). His 76-yard touchdown run came on his final carry as he sealed the game with 1:10 remaining. It was his second 200-yard rushing performance this season. For his efforts, he was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Offensive Player of the Week.
Harris, a sophomore from Fresno, Calif., collected five tackles (three unassisted) to go along with two second-half interception and a pass broken up. His second interception occurred in the end zone to stop a Stanford scoring drive as it had the ball at Oregonâ€™s 11-yard line, 1st and 10. Itâ€™s the second weekly honor for Harris as he earned Special Teams Player of the Week following the opening week of the season.
Folk, a junior from Woodland Hills, Calif., came through for Washington for the second straight game against USC as he hit a game-winning field goal to beat the 18th-ranked Trojans. This time, his 32-yarder split the uprights as time expired, giving the Huskies the 32-31 win over No. 18 USC. It was also his fourth field goal of the day as he went 4-for-4, hitting from 23, 41, 35 and 32 yards. He made both PAT attempts, accounting for 14 of the teamâ€™s 32 points. Last season, it was Polkâ€™s 22-yarder with three seconds to play that made the difference in a 16-13 win over No. 3 USC.
Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were running backs Deantre Lewis of Arizona State, Jacquizz Rodgers of Oregon State, Stepfan Taylor of Stanford, Johnathan Franklin of UCLA, Allen Bradford of USC, and quarterback Jake Locker of Washington. Also nominated on defense were defensive tackle Stephen Paea of Oregon State, safety Taylor Skaufel of Stanford, defensive tackle David Carter of UCLA and linebacker Mason Foster of Washington. Also nominated for special teams were punter Trevor Hankins of Arizona State, place kicker Rob Beard of Oregon, kick returner Jordan Poyer of Oregon State, and place kicker Kai Forbath of UCLA.