Pac-12 Football Players Of The Week
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Wide receiver Paul Richardson of Colorado, linebacker Cort Dennison of Washington and defensive tackle Everrette Thompson of Washington have been named Bank of the West Pac-12 Players of the Week in football.
Richardson, a sophomore from Gardena, Calif., caught 11 passes for 284 yards and two touchdowns (66, 78 yards) in CU's heartbreaking overtime loss to California, 36-33 in Boulder; 10 of his 11 catches earned first downs (school record for a receiver), 162 of the yards came after the catch and he had 297 all-purpose yards including one rush for 9 yards and a punt return for 4 yards. He set the Colorado record for the most receiving yards in a single game, and third most all-time in Pac-12 history, with the 284 yards (the third 200-plus game in CU history), and tied the CU single game reception mark of 11. It was also his fourth two-TD game, third most ever at CU. Richardson now has six career plays of 50 yards or longer, and his 10 career TD catches have covered 362 yards (3, 60, 62, 4, 3, 50, 15, 21, 66, 78).
Dennison, a senior from Salt Lake City, Utah, led all players with 12 total tackles in the Washington's 40-32 win over Hawaii. Ten of his 12 tackles were solo stops. Additionally, Dennison provided a key play when he stripped the ball from a Hawaii receiver on the UW 12-yard line at the end of a 34-yard reception. Washington recovered the fumble and drove for the game's second score, a touchdown. The Huskies limited Hawai'i to 55 yards rushing (2.2 ypc).
Thompson, a senior from Renton, Wash., and a starting defensive tackle, blocked two PAT attempts in the Huskies' 40-32 win over Hawaii. The second was key to the game as Hawaii had just scored a touchdown with 1:39 remaining in the game to cut the score to 38-32. That blocked PAT was picked up and returned for a two-point defensive conversion by UW cornerback Desmond Trufant to give Washington an eight-point lead. Thompson also contributed three tackles, including a sack.
Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were quarterbacks Zach Maynard of California, Darron Thomas of Oregon, Andrew Luck of Stanford, Keith Price of Washington, and Marshall Lobbestael of Washington State, running backs Derrick Coleman of UCLA and Marc Tyler of USC, wide receivers Aaron Pflugrad of Arizona State and DeVonte Christopher of Utah. Also nominated on defense were linebackers Colin Parker of Arizona State, D.J. Holt of California, Michael Clay of Oregon, Chase Thomas of Stanford, Sean Westgate of UCLA, Dion Bailey of USC and Matt Martinez of Utah. Also nominated for special teams play were punters Josh Hubner of Arizona State and Bryan Anger of California, place kickers Will Oliver of Colorado, Jordan Williamson of Stanford and Kip Smith of UCLA, running back/punt returner LaMichael James of Oregon, and tackle Matt Kalil of USC.