Pac-10 Football Players of The Week Named


WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--Quarterback Cody Pickett of Washington, linebacker Will Derting of Washington State and punter Tom Malone of USC have been named Pac-10 Players of the Week in football.

Pickett, a senior from Caldwell, Idaho, directed Washington to a 38-13 win against Indiana. Pickett completed 18 of 26 passes (.692) for 290 yards and three touchdowns covering 23, 70 and 6 yards. The Husky offense put up 490 yards total offense (195 rushing, 295 passing) and converted 10-of-16 third-down opportunities.

Derting, a sophomore from Okanogan, Wash., had a big day in Washington State's near upset at No. 19 Notre Dame. Derting had a game-high 12 tackles, nine solo, including three quarterback sacks, and he forced a fumble. The Cougar defense posted a total of six quarterback sacks (-32) against the Irish in a 29-26 overtime loss.

Malone, a sophomore from Lake Elsinore, Calif., averaged 52.0 yards on six punts in USC's 35-18 win against BYU. Five of his six punts were over 50 yards, with a long of 59 yards.

Others nominated for offensive player of the week honors were wide receivers Mike Williams of USC, Luke Powell of Stanford, Samie Parker of Oregon and Sammy Moore of Washington State and quarterback Andrew Walter of Arizona State. Also nominated on defense were end Omar Nazel of USC, backs R.J. Oliver of Arizona State, Keith Lewis of Oregon, Leigh Torrence of Stanford and Darrell Brooks of Arizona and linebackers Greg Carothers of Washington and Brandon Chillar of UCLA. Return man Syndric Steptoe of Arizona and punters Tim Parker of Arizona State, Paul Martinez of Oregon and Kyle Basler of Washington State were nominated for special teams play.


Aug. 30
Offense: Adimchinobe Echemandu, TB, CAL
Defense: Mike Patterson, NT, USC
Special Teams: Drew Dunning, PK, WSU

Sep. 6
Offense: Cody Pickett, QB, WASH
Defense: Will Derting, OLB, WSU
Special Teams: Tom Malone, P, USC

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