Bank Of The West Weekly Football Honors
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--Quarterback Matt Barkley of USC, defensive end Trevor Reilly of Utah and kick returner Brendan Bigelow of California have been named Bank of the West Pac-12 Players of the Week in football.
Barkley, a junior from Newport Beach, Calif., threw a USC record-tying and Syracuse opponent record-tying 5 touchdowns for the third time in his career to lead the Trojans to a 38-17 win over Syracuse. He shares the record with Carson Palmer, Rodney Peete, Matt Leinart and Mark Sanchez. His scoring passes went to five different receivers (5, 31, 44, 43 and 9 yards). He completed 67% of his passes (26-of-39) for 324 yards and has now moved into fifth place on USC's career total offense (6,376 yards) and pass completions (526) lists. He has now thrown at least one TD in 23 of 27 games, at least 2 TDs 14 times and at least 3 TDs 7 times. He has passed for at least 200 yards 17 times in his career (and for at least 300 yards 6 times).
Reilly, a sophomore from Valley Center, Calif., whose primary position is linebacker, subbed in at defensive end and spent most of the game in BYU's backfield in Utah's 54-10 victory. He finished with two sacks for a loss of 21 yards and three tackles for loss for 35 yards, forced three fumbles (recovering one of those), had a pass breakup and five total tackles. One of Reilly's biggest plays was with the game still in balance in the third quarter. Utah was leading 24-10, when Reilly sacked BYU quarterback Jake Heaps for a loss of 14 yards, forcing a fumble and then recovering the fumble on BYU's 6-yard. The Utes then scored, giving them a 30-10 lead. Another of Reilly's forced fumbles also led to a Utah touchdown. He sacked Heaps for a 7-yard loss, forcing a fumble that was scooped up by V.J. Fehoko and returned 57 yards for the game's final touchdown. His three forced fumbles is a school record.
Bigelow, a freshman from Fresno, Calif., became the first Golden Bear since Lavelle Hawkins in 2007 to return a kickoff for a touchdown when he took a second-quarter Presbyterian kickoff at the 12-yard line and raced 88 yards for a score. Bigelow finished with two kick returns for 111 yards, while adding two rushes for 15 yards and one reception for 11 to total 137 all-purpose yards as the Bears defeated Presbyterian 63-12. He was honored Sunday as a National Kickoff Returner Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards.
Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were wide receivers Marvin Jones of California and Marquess WIlson of Washington State, running backs Rodney Stewart of Colorado, LaMichael James of Oregon, Stepfan Taylor of Stanford and John White of Utah. Also nominated on defense were defensive back Sean Cattouse of California, rover Eddie Pleasant of Oregon, linebacker Jarek Lancaster of Stanford, linebacker Dion Bailey of USC. Also nominated for special teams play were tight end Ryan Deehan of Colorado, linebacker Keloni Kamalani of Oregon, Jordan Williamson of Stanford and Jeff Locke of UCLA.