Football Players of the Week (11/20/00)

Nov. 20, 2000

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--Quarterback Carson Palmer and kicker David Bell of USC and defensive back Jake Cookus of Oregon State have been named Pac-10 Players of the Week in football.

Palmer and Bell played key roles in USC's upset 38-35 win at UCLA. Palmer, a sophomore from Laguna Niguel, Calif., completed 26 of 37 passes (.703) for a career-high 350 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. He added 31 yards rushing on five carries for 381 yards total offense. Palmer directed a Trojan offense that put up 557 yards total offense, 207 rushing and 350 passing.

Bell, a senior from Anaheim, Calif., hit the game-winning field goal from 36 yards out with nine seconds remaining in the game.

Cookus, a junior from Roseburg, Ore., made the big plays on defense in Oregon State's 23-13 win against Oregon that gave the Beavers a share of the Pac-10 championship. Cookus had three of Oregon State's five pass interceptions and broke up another pass. The three interceptions is the most in a game by a player in the Pac-10 this year.

Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were quarterbacks Marques Tuiasosopo of Washington and Jonathan Smith of Oregon State and flanker Freddie Mitchell of UCLA. Also nominated on defense was safety Hakim Akbar of Washington. Punter Mike Fessler of Oregon State was nominated for special teams play.

2000 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEKWeek Offense Defense Special TeamsSep. 2 DeShaun Foster, TB, UCLA Joe Tafoya, DE, ARIZ Nick Murphy, P, ASUSep. 9 Marques Tuiasosopo, QB, UW Andre Carter, DE, CAL David Newbury, PK, USCSep. 16 Jason Gesser, QB, WSU Larry Tripplett, NT, UW Nick Harris, P, CALSep. 23 Maurice Morris, TB, ORE DeLawrence Grant, DE, OSU Keith Lewis, ST, ORESep. 30 Ken Simonton, TB, OSU Idris Haroon, DE, ARIZ Kurtis Doerr, P, OREOct. 7 Paul Arnold, TB, UW Michael Jolivette, CB, ARIZ Anousith Wilkaikul, PK, WSUOct. 14 Joey Harrington, QB, ORE Nnamdi Asomugha, FS, CAL Gary Love, RS/ST, ARIZOct. 21 Jonathan Smith, QB, OSU Saul Patu, DE, ORE Ryan Cesca, PK, OSUOct. 28 Joey Harrington, QB, ORE Andre Carter, DE, CAL Jemeel Powell, PR, CALNov. 4 Willie Hurst, TB, UW Darrell Daniels, ILB, UW Josh Frankel, PK, ORENov. 11 Rich Alexis, TB, UW Coy Wire, ILB, STAN Ryan Cesca, PK, OSUNov. 18 Carson Palmer, QB, USC Jake Cookus, SS, OSU David Bell, PK, USC

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