Pac-12 announces football players of the week
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Quarterback Taylor Kelly of ARIZONA STATE, cornerback Josh Shaw of USC and linebacker Jayon Brown of UCLA have been named offensive, defensive and special teams Pac-12 Players of the Week in football.
Kelly, a junior from Eagle, Idaho, had a career day, accounting for seven touchdowns in a 55-21 win on the road in Pullman on Thursday night. He completed 22 of 31 passes for 275 yards and five touchdowns in addition to rushing for 66 yards on 13 carries for two additional touchdowns. It marked the third time Kelly has thrown for five touchdowns in a game in his career and the second time he’s done it this season. He has been responsible for 66 points the last two games, ranking fourth in the nation in points responsible for per game (21.5 ppg). Kelly also ranks in the top-12 in the nation in completions per game (eighth, 24.38 cpg), passing yards per game (12th, 313.90 ypg) and total offense (seventh, 353.30 ypg).
Shaw, a junior from Palmdale, Calif., recorded a team-best 8 tackles as the Trojans took down Oregon State 31-14 in Corvallis on Friday night. Shaw added an end zone interception and helped USC limit an Oregon State offense that was averaging 40.1 points per game, 487.4 totals yards and leading the nation in passing offense to 14 points and 277 passing yards. Shaw led a Trojan defense that forced three interceptions and held the Beavers to 2-of-11 on third down. USC is 12th in the nation in total defense, limiting opponents to 323.6 yards per game.
Brown, a linebacker from Tampa, Fla., had an outstanding day on the Bruins’ kick coverage team as UCLA beat Colorado 45-23 at home on Saturday. He was credited with two tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in kick off coverage against the Buffs. His fumble recovery on the 14-yard line late in the second quarter set up a touchdown that extended the Bruins’ lead to 21-10 before the half while his forced fumble on a fourth-quarter kick-off pinned the Buffs at their own 21-yard.
Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were wide receivers Kenny Lawler of CAL and Devin Fuller of UCLA; and tailback Javorius Allen of USC. Also nominated for defensive player of the week honors were linebackers Scooby Wright of ARIZONA, Carl Bradford of Arizona State and Myles Jack of UCLA. Also nominated for special teams player of the week honors was punter Drew Riggleman of Arizona, place-kicker Zane Gonzalez of Arizona State and defensive end George Uko of USC.
2013 Pac-12 Football Players of the Week
|Sept. 2||Paul Richardon, WR, COLO||Tra'Mayne Bondurant, S, ARIZ||Vincenzo D'Amato, PK, CAL|
|Sept. 9||De'Anthony Thomas, RB, ORE||Damante Horton, CB, WSU||Jake Smith, PK, ARIZ|
|Sept. 16||Sean Mannion, QB, OSU||Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA||Trevor Romaine, PK, OSU|
|Sept. 23||Travis Wilson, QB, UTAH||Steven Nelson, CB, OSU||Kris Albarado, P, USC|
|Sept. 30||Sean Mannion, QB, OSU||Alden Darby, S, ASU||Bralon Addison, WR/PR, ORE|
|Oct. 7||Marcus Mariota, QB, ORE||Trent Murphy, LB, STAN||Ty Montgomery, WR/KR, STAN|
|Oct. 14||Marcus Mariota, QB, ORE||Rashaad Reynolds, CB, OSU||Andy Phillips, K, UTAH|
|Oct. 21||Ka'Deem Carey, RB, ARIZ||Jordan Richards, S, STAN||Zane Gonzalez, K, ASU|
|Oct. 28||B.J. Denker, QB, ARIZ||Trent Murphy, LB, STAN||Travis Coons, P/K, WASH|
|Nov. 4||Taylor Kelly, QB, ASU||Josh Shaw, CB, USC||Jayon Brown, LB, UCLA|