Nazel And Killeen Named Pac-10 Football Players Of The Week

Sept. 30, 2002

LOS ANGELES--USC junior defensive end Omar Nazel and sophomore placekicker Ryan Killeen were named Pac-10 Players of the Week in football.

They played key roles in USC's 22-0 shutout of Oregon State last Saturday.

Nazel, who was named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week, led the Trojan defense with 7 tackles (6 solo), including 4 tackles for loss (2 were sacks). He also forced a fumble and had a pass deflection. Against an Oregon State defense that entered the contest averaging 499.8 yards and 47.5 points per game, the USC defense pitched a shutout and limited the Beavers to 8 first downs, 131 yards total offense (51 rushing, 80 passing) and 1-of-15 third-down conversions while posting 5 quarterback sacks. USC never allowed Oregon State to even enter the red zone.

Killeen, the Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week, took over the placekicking duties for the Trojans and was good on 3-of-4 field goal attempts (including the first 2 attempts of his career), connecting from 43, 42 and 32 yards. He also nailed a PAT and had 2 kickoffs pin the Beavers within the 20-yard line.

Washington State quarterback Jason Gesser was selected as the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for 431 yards and 4 TDs in a 48-38 comeback victory at California. The Cougars host USC this Saturday.

Two other Trojans previously won Pac-10 Player of the Week honors this year: quarterback Carson Palmer (versus Auburn) and safety Troy Polamalu (at Colorado).

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