Pac-12 announces football players of the week
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. --Linebacker/running back Myles Jack of UCLA, linebacker Shayne Skov of STANFORD and wide receiver/punt returner Nelson Agholor of USC have been named offensive, defensive and special teams Pac-12 Players of the Week in football.
Jack, a freshman from Bellevue, Wash., played on the offensive side of the ball for the first time this season, keying a 31-26 Bruin win over Arizona in Tucson on Saturday night. He rushed for 120 yards on six carries, including a 66-yard dash for a touchdown to extend UCLA’s lead late in the fourth quarter. Jack’s rushing total is tied for 10th on the all-time school freshman list while the 66-yard scamper is the fourth longest by a freshman in program history. Playing in his true position at linebacker, Jack added eight tackles, a tackle for loss, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery in the end zone as the Bruin defense held off the Wildcats for the win.
Skov, a fifth-year senior from Guadalajara, Mexico., led a Stanford defense that stifled the No. 2-ranked Oregon offense en route to a 26-20 win on Thursday night at Stanford Stadium. He collected a team-leading nine tackles, including two tackles for loss, and added two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, two quarterback hurries and a pass breakup as the Cardinal limited a Duck rushing attack that was averaging 331.5 yards a game to just 62 total yards rushing. Both of Skov’s forced fumbles ended Oregon scoring chances, including a forced fumble and fumble recovery inside the five-yard line as the Ducks were looking to pull within seven in the first half.
Agholor, a sophomore from Tampa, Fla., turned in a record-setting day as the Trojan’s punt returner in a 62-28 win at California on Saturday afternoon. He returned punts of 75 and 93 yards for touchdowns to tie a Pac-12 record for punts returned for touchdowns in a single game, while the 93-yard return tied for second-longest in program history and 168 total punt return yards broke USC’s single-game mark. Agholor added 35 yards on four receptions and a 12-yard kickoff return to bring his all-purpose yards total to 215, good for an average of 30.7 yards per touch.
Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were running backs Marion Grice of ARIZONA STATE and Tyler Gaffney of Stanford; tailback Javorius Allen of USC; and quarterback Keith Price of WASHINGTON. Also nominated for defensive player of the week honors were linebackers Myles Jack of UCLA and Jason Whittingham of UTAH; and defensive tackle Will Sutton of Arizona State. Also nominated for special teams player of the week honors were punters Sean Covington of UCLA and Tom Hackett of Utah; and Stanford place-kicker Jordan Williamson.
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|
|Nov. 11||Myles Jack, LB/RB, UCLA||Skayne Skov, LB, STAN||Nelson Agholor, WR/PR, USC|
(USC Photo Credit: Barry Markowitz; UCLA Photo Credit: Associate Press)