Pac-12 announces football players of the week
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Running back Ka’Deem Carey of ARIZONA, linebacker Chris Young of ARIZONA STATE and defensive back Ishmael Adams of UCLA, have been named offensive, defensive and special teams Pac-12 Players of the Week in football.
Carey, a junior from Tucson, Ariz., racked up 206 yards on a school-record 48 carries to become the Wildcats’ all-time leading rusher with 3,913 career yards as Arizona upset No. 5 Oregon 42-16 on Saturday afternoon in Tucson. His four touchdowns on the day established a new program mark for career touchdowns with 49 while his 45 career rushing touchdowns are also a school record. The 48 carries were the most by an FBS player in a game this season and his string of 14-straight 100-yard rushing games is tied for the longest streak by an FBS player over the past ten seasons. The nation’s second-leading rusher (155.9 ypg) earns the Conference offensive player of the week honor for the second time this year.
Young, a senior from Seattle, Wash., led an Arizona State defense that limited a potent UCLA offense and squashed a fourth-quarter comeback bid in a 38-33 win over the Bruins at the Rose Bowl on Saturday night as the Sun Devils clinched the Pac-12 South Division title with the victory. He collected a game-leading 13 tackles, including 12 solo, and three sacks for a loss of 27 yards. His two fourth-quarter sacks and game-ending tackle on the Bruins’ final two drives secured the win for the Sun Devils, who earned a spot in the Pac-12 Football Championship Game on December 7.
Adams, a sophomore from Woodland Hills, Calif., collected 234 return yards in his first game serving as the return man in the Bruins’ 38-33 loss to Arizona State. His efforts in the return game led to three UCLA scores, including a 58-yard return on the Sun Devil’s first kickoff of the game to set up a 42-yard scoring pass on the next play and a 49-yard punt return that set up a 48-yard field goal that put the Bruins ahead late in the first quarter.
Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were quarterbacks Taylor Kelly of Arizona State and Connor Halliday of WASHINGTON STATE; running backs Javorius Allen of USC and Bishop Sankey of WASHINGTON; and wide receivers Ty Montgomery of STANFORD and Shaq Evans of UCLA. Also nominated for defensive player of the week honors were linebackers Anthony Barr of UCLA and Justin Sagote of Washington State; cornerbacks Shaquille Richardson of Arizona and Marcus Peters of Washington; and defensive end Leonard Williams of USC and free safety Jered Bell of COLORADO. Also nominated for special teams player of the week honors was Washington State kicker Andrew Furney and USC fullback/special teams member Soma Valnuku.
2013 Pac-12 Football Players of the Week
|Sept. 2||Paul Richardson, 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|
|Nov. 18||Cody Kessler, QB, USC||Robert Nelson, CB, ASU||Andre Heidari, PK, USC|
|Nov. 25||Ka'Deem Carey, RB, ARIZ||Chris Young, LB, ASU||Ishmael Adams, DB, UCLA|