Barkley, Richardson and Houston Named Pac-10 Football Players of the Week

WALNUT CREEK,Calif.--Quarterback Matt Barkley of USC, cornerback Shaquille Richardson of ARIZONA and place kicker Joe Houston of USC have been named Pac-10 Players of the Week in football.

Barkley, a sophomore from Newport Beach, Calif., completed 25 of 37 passes for 352 yards and a record-tying five touchdowns (16, 22, 9, 8, and 11 yards) and no interceptions in the 48-14 win over California. He threw all five scoring strikes in the first half to lead USC to a 42-0 lead at halftime. He helped USC's offense to roll up 602 total yards (391 passing) against a California defense that led the Pac-10 in total (254.8) and pass (148.8) defense. It was the second time this season that he threw five touchdowns in a game (also at Hawaii). He currently is eighth nationally in passing efficiency (167.3). His 20 touchdown passes are second most in the nation.

Richardson, a freshman from Carson, Calif., started in place of injured junior cornerback Trevin Wade, a second team All-Pac-10 performer, and responded with two interceptions, broke up three other passes and registered seven total tackles - all solo - in the 24-7 win at Washington State. Richardson, picked off his second pass of the game in the endzone, ensuring a single-digit point total for the opponent. Arizona has held an opponent in single digits for the fourth time this season. The overall effort improved UA's defensive marks in several statistical categories. The Wildcats lead the Pac-10 in total defense (284.3 ypg, No. 10 nationally), scoring defense (13.3 ppg, No. 7 nationally) and rushing defense (89.7 ypg, No. 8 nationally).

Houston, a senior from Redondo Beach, Calif., hit a pair of 27-yard field goals, all six of his PATs and even had a 26-yard pooch punt down to the California 8-yard line. A former walk-on now on scholarship, Houston is 28-of-28 on PATs in 2010 in his first year as USC's placekicker and now is 4-of-8 on field goals.

Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were running backs Keola Antolin of Arizona and Jacquizz Rodgers of Oregon State, quarterback Jake Locker and wide receiver Jermaine Kearse of Washington. Also nominated on defense were linebackers Chris Galippo of USC and Mason Foster of Washington, and safety Deone Bucannon of Washington State.

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
Sept. 20 Nick Foles, QB, ARIZ Patrick Larimore, LB, UCLA Travis Cobb, KR, ARIZ
Sept. 27 Ryan Taylor, C, UCLA Sean Westgate, LB, UCLA Nate Whitaker, PK, STAN
Oct. 4 LaMichael James, RB, ORE Cliff Harris, CB, ORE Erik Folk, PK, WASH
Oct. 11 Ryan Katz, QB, OSU Darian Hagan, CB, CAL Bryan Anger, P, CAL
Oct. 18 Matt Barkley, QB, USC Shaquille Richardson, CB, ARIZ Joe Houston, PK, USC

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