Pac-12 football players of the week announced
SAN FRANCISCO - Quarterback Luke Falk of WASHINGTON STATE, cornerback Lloyd Carrington of ARIZONA STATE and kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn of UCLA, have been named offensive, defensive and special teams Pac-12 Players of the Week in football.
Falk, a redshirt freshman from Logan, Utah, made the first start of his career, in-place of injured Cougar quarterback Connor Halliday, and completed 44-of-61 passes for 471 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions to lead WSU to a 39-32 win over Oregon State. Falk completed passes to nine different receivers, with five different receivers catching TDs. After the Cougars fell behind 10-0 in the first quarter, Falk led the offense on a 10-play, 75-yard dive, one of four 70-plus yard touchdown drives he led on the day. His 471 yards passing are the most ever by a Cougar in their first start.
Carrington, a junior from Dallas, recorded eight tackles, including a sack, forced a fumble and took an interception 58 yards for a touchdown, to help No. 9 ASU knock off No. 10 Notre Dame, 55-31. Carrington spearheaded a Sun Devil defense that tallied seven sacks, 10 tackles for loss and forced five turnovers, including two interceptions returned for touchdowns. Notre Dame had only allowed 14 sacks all season, before ASU totaled seven for a combined loss of 64 yards. Carrington’s pick came with three minutes left in the game and extended the Sun Devils’ lead to 17 points, sealing ASU’s fourth win over a ranked opponent this season and their first over a top-10 opponent since 2002.
Fairbairn, a junior from Kailua, Hawaii, converted three field goals and five extra points during a 44-30 UCLA win at Washington. He was successful on field goals of 30, 37 and 46 yards. His first kick came as time ran out in the first half and put UCLA up 31-10 at the intermission. The 31 points were UCLA’s highest output in a first half this season. That 30-yard kick marked his 27th-straight field goal made from a distance of 35 yards and in. Fairbairn came back in the second half to make kicks from 37 and 46 yards. The three kicks matched his career-high for a game and lifted him into sixth place on the all-time UCLA field goal list with 44 for his career. He was also credited with two touchbacks on his kickoffs during the contest.
Also nominated for Offensive Player of the Week: Samaje Grant, WR, ARIZ; Demario Richard, TB, ARIZ; Marcus Mariota, QB, ORE; Sean Mannion, QB, OSU; Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA; Also nominated for Defensive Player of the Week: Joudon Grandon, S, ARIZ; Lloyd Carrington, CB, ASU; Joe Walker, LB, ORE; Eric Kendricks, LB, UCLA; Jeremiah Allison, LB, WSU; Also nominated for Special Teams Player of the Week: Aidan Schneider, PK, ORE; Garrett Owens, PK, OSU;
2014 Player of the Week History
|Sept. 1||Cody Kessler, USC||Eric Kendricks, UCLA||Kaelin Clay, UTAH|
|Sept. 8||Marcus Mariota, ORE||Leonard Williams, USC||Andre Heidari, USC|
|Sept. 15||Jerry Neuheisel, UCLA||Shaq Thompson, WASH||Ishmael Adams, UCLA|
|Sept. 22||Cayleb Jones, ARIZ||Gionni Paul, UTAH||Andy Phillips, UTAH|
|Sept. 29||Brett Hundley, UCLA||Peter Kalambayi, STAN||Ishmael Adams, UCLA|
|Oct. 6||Connor Halliday, WSU||Nate Orchard, UTAH||Trevor Davis, CAL|
|Oct. 13||Javorius Allen, USC||Shaq Thompson, WASH||Ty Montgomery, STAN|
|Oct. 20||Cody Kessler, USC||Damarious Randall, ASU||Andy Phillips, UTAH|
|Oct. 27||Marcus Mariota, ORE||Scooby Wright III, ARIZ||Adoree' Jackson, USC|
|Nov. 3||Marcus Mariota, ORE||Scooby Wright III, ARIZ||Zane Gonzalez, ASU|