Bank Of The West Weekly Football Honors
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--Quarterback Matt Barkley of USC, linebacker Alex Hoffman-Ellis of WASHINGTON STATE and wide receiver/kick returner Jamal Miles of ARIZONA STATE have been named Bank of the West Pac-12 Players of the Week in football.
Barkley, a junior from Newport Beach, Calif., broke two USC records in the 48-41 win over Arizona. He completed 82.1-percent of his passes (32-of-39) for a game record 468 yards with four touchdowns, while also running for a short score. Barkley was 22-of-26 for 301 yards with three touchdowns in the first half. His 470 yards of total offense was also a single-game record. Both records belonged to Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer. Barkley's career-long 82-yard touchdown pass was the longest at USC since Palmer's 93-yard pass to Kareem Kelly in 2001. Barkley ranks fifth on USC's career lists for passing (579 completions) and total offense (7,063 yards).
Hoffman-Ellis, a senior from Los Angeles, Calif., registered a game-high 14 tackles in the Cougars' 31-27 comeback victory at Colorado. His 14 tackles, which included 12 solo tackles and two sacks, were a WSU-high for 2011 and one shy of his career-best effort. Hoffman-Ellis had 10 tackles in the second half, with five in the decisive fourth quarter. The win marked the first time WSU had rallied from 10 points down in the fourth quarter to defeat a conference opponent on the road since 1984, when the Cougars trailed Stanford by 21 and went on to win, 48-42.
Miles, a junior from Peoria, Ariz., became the only player in the nation this year to have returned a punt for a touchdown, a kickoff for a touchdown, thrown a touchdown pass and caught a touchdown pass. Miles returned a punt for 78 yards and a touchdown with 6:11 in the third quarter that gave ASU a 21-13 lead over Oregon State. It was the first punt return allowed by the Beaver special teams all season. Miles tallied 249 all-purpose yards in the 35-20 win, including 87 on punt returns and 55 on kickoff returns. He had 45 rushing yards on six carries and led Sun Devil receivers with 62 yards. Miles has caught three touchdown passes this season.
Also Nominated (Offense): Cameron Marshall, RB, ASU; Rodney Stewart, RB, COLO; Andrew Luck, QB, STAN; DeVonte Christopher, WR, UTAH; Chris Polk, TB, WASH; Marshall Lobbestael, QB, WSU.
Also Nominated (Defense): Alden Darby, LB, ASU; Jordan Poyer, S, OSU; Jarek Lancaster, LB, STAN; T.J. McDonald, S, USC; Brian Blechen, LB, UTAH; Jamaal Kearse, OLB, WASH.
Also Nominated (Special Teams): Andre Heidari, PK, USC.