Bank Of The West Weekly Football Honors
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--Running back LaMichael James of OREGON, linebacker Shelly Lyons of ARIZONA STATE and punt/kick returner Jordan Poyer of OREGON STATE have been named Bank of the West Pac-12 Players of the Week in football.
James, a junior from Texarkana, Texas, ran for an Oregon single-game record 288 yards and scored two touchdowns in the 56-31 win at Arizona. James also broke the school's one-game record for all-purpose yardage with 363. His two touchdown runs brought his career total to 43 rushing touchdowns and broke the Ducks' record of 42. James also moved into sixth place on the Pac-12 all-time list with 3,890 career rushing yards.
Lyons, a senior from Corona, Calif., led the Sun Devils' defensive effort in the 43-22 victory over No. 23 USC. He snagged the first interception of his career with 6:37 remaining in the game and returned it 41 yards for a touchdown. Lyons also added a tackle for loss for minus two yards and collected four tackles, including three solo stops.
Poyer, a junior from Astoria, Ore., recorded 156 returning yards in the Beavers' 27-19 loss to UCLA. He had over 100 yards in punt returns, including an 85-yard touchdown in the first half which was the second-longest in Oregon State history. Poyer also made a pair of tackles. He ranks second in the country for punt return average at 25.3 yards per attempt.
Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were running backs Cameron Marshall of Arizona State and Derrick Coleman of UCLA, wide receivers Keenan Allen of California and Robert Woods of USC and quarterback Keith Price of Washington. Also nominated on defense were linebackers Mychal Kendricks of California and Cort Dennison of Washington, free safety John Boyett of Oregon, defensive tackle Andrew Seumalo of Oregon State and cornerback Aaron Hester of UCLA. Also nominated for special teams play were kickers Giorgio Tavecchio of California and Andre Heidari of USC, punter Jackson Rice of Oregon and kick returner Josh Smith of UCLA.
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