Pac-10 Football Players of the Week
Nov. 19, 2001
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--Wide receiver Reggie Williams of Washington, safety Troy Polamalu of USC and kick returner Steven Jackson of Oregon State, have been named Pac-10 Players of the Week in football.
Williams, a freshman from Tacoma, Wash., played a major role in Washington's 26-14 win against No. 9-ranked Washington State by pulling in 11 receptions for 203 yards (18.5-yard average). The receptions and receiving yardage are the top figures in a Pac-10 Conference game this year. Washington put up a total of 371 yards passing against WSU.
Polamalu, a junior from Tenmile, Ore., played a key role in USC's 27-0 shutout victory against No. 20-ranked UCLA. Polamalu intercepted a pass and returned it 36 yards to set up a field goal and blocked a punt to set up another field goal. He also recorded two solo tackles and two pass deflections. The Trojan defense limited UCLA to 10 first downs, 28 yards rushing, 86 yards passing, 114 yards total offense, just 2-of-11 on 3rd-down conversions and intercepted three passes. Polamalu had been named Pac-10 special teams player of the week earlier this season.
Jackson, a freshman from Las Vegas, Nev., returned two kickoffs for 113 yards, including an 89-yard return for a touchdown, in Oregon State's 45-10 win against Northern Arizona. Jackson also rushed for a touchdown on offense.
Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were running quarterbacks Chris Lewis of Stanford, Jonathan Smith of Oregon State and Carson Palmer of USC. Also nominated on defense were linebacker Ben Mahdavi of Washington and cornerbacks Ryan Fernandez of Stanford and Dennis Weathersby of Oregon State.
2001 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Week Offense Defense Special TeamsSep. 1 Tab Perry, FL, UCLA Keith Lewis, FS, ORE Chris Griffith, PK, UCLASep. 8 Nakoa McElrath, WR, WSU Omare Lowe, CB, WASH Ryan Cesca, PK, OSUSep. 22 Randy Fasani, QB, STAN Steve Smith, CB ORE Roc Alexander, KR, WASHSep. 29 DeShaun Foster, TB, UCLA Marcus Hoover, DE, STAN Derek McLaughlin, P, WASHOct. 6 Joey Harrington, QB, ORE Ben Mahdavi, ILB, WASH John Anderson, PK, WASHOct. 13 DeShaun Foster, TB, UCLA Robert Thomas, MLB, UCLA Josh Moen, DB, WSUOct. 20 Cody Pickett, QB, WASH Alfred Williams, S, ASU Keenan Howry, PR, OREOct. 27 Onterrio Smith, TB, ORE Kris Richard, CB, USC John Anderson, PK, WASHNov. 3 Joey Harrington, QB, ORE Lamont Thompson, FS, WSU Troy Polamalu, SS, USCNov. 10 Jonathan Smith, QB, OSU Tank Williams, FS, STAN Mike Biselli, PK, STANNov. 17 Reggie Williams, WR, WASH Troy Polamalu, SS, USC Steven Jackson, KR, OSU