Pac-10 Football Players Of The Week Named

Nov. 8, 2004

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--Quarterback Andrew Walter, running back Jerome Harrison, cornerback Wilrey Fontenot and all-purpose back Reggie Bush of USC have been named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Football Players of the Week.

Walter, a graduate student from Grand Juncton, Colo., led Arizona State to a last-second 34-31 win against Stanford and established a new Pac-10 career record for touchdown passes in the effort. Walter completed 28-of-42 passes (.667) for 415 yards and four touchdowns, covering 41, 52, 7 and 4 yards. His final touchdown pass was the game-winner coming with nine seconds remaining in the game. The four touchdown passes gave Walter 80 for his career as he surpassed the previous Pac-10 record of 77 by Hall of Famer John Elway of Stanford (1979-82). In addition to Pac-10 honors, Walter was named the National Offensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. It marks the second time in three weeks Walter has been accorded Pac-10 offensive player of the week honors.

Harrison, a junior from Kalamazoo, Mich., shared offensive player of the week honors for his role in leading Washington State to a 31-29 upset win at UCLA. Harrison carried the ball a school-reocrd 42 times for 247 yards (5.9-yard average) and three touchdowns covering 25, 45 and 10 yards. The 247 yards rushing is the third-best rushing performance in WSU history and the second-best effort in the Pac-10 this season. The Cougar offense piled up 321 yards rushing and 506 yards total offense at UCLA.

Fontenot, a freshman from Humble, Tex., played a key role in Arizona's 23-13 win at Washington. He scored the go-ahead touchdown with a 33-yard return of a fumble recovery for the score. Fontenot also recorded five tackles, three solo, and broke up a pass. The Arizona defense limited Washington to 297 yards total offense, just 2-of-18 third-down conversions, forced four turnovers and posted five quarterback sacks (-35).

Bush, a sophomore from Spring Valley, Calif., made a big special teams play in USC's 28-20 win at Oregon State as he returned a punt for a touchdown for the second consecutive week. Bush returned a fourth-quarter punt 65 yards for what proved to be the winning touchdown. He had a total of 155 yards on six kick returns--73 on three punt returns and 82 on three kickoff returns. It marked the second time this year Bush picked up Pac-10 player of the week honors.

Others nominated for offensive player of the week honors were tailback J.J. Arrington of California and tight end Dominique Byrd of USC. Also nominated on defense were linebackers Justin Burks of Arizona State, Matt Grootegoed of USC, Joe Maningo of California, Scott Davis of Washington State and Evan Benjamin of Washington. Return man Syndric Stepton of Arizona and punter Chris Kluwe of UCLA were nominated for special teams play.

2004 U.S. Bank Pac-10 Players of the WeekWeek             Offense                 Defense                    Special TeamsSep. 4           Reggie Bush, TB, USC    Antoine Cason, CB, ARIZ    Kyle Basler, P, WSUSep. 11          Mike Hass, SE, OSU      Dale Robinson, OLB, ASU    T.J. Rushing, KR, STANSep. 18          Maurice Drew, TB, UCLA  Jamar Williams, OLB, ASU   Jesse Ainsworth, PK, ASUSep. 25          Matt Leinart, QB, USC   Emmanuel Franklin, S, ASU  Kyle Basler, P, WSUOct. 2           Chase Lyman, WR, CAL    Spencer Havner, ILB, UCLA   Justin Medlock, PK, UCLAOct. 9           Aaron Rodgers, QB, CAL  Mike Patterson, DT, USC    Ryan Killeen, PK, USCOct. 16          J.J. Arrington, RB, CAL Oshiomogho Atogwe, FS, STAN    Alexis Serna, PK, OSUOct. 23          Andrew Walter, QB, ASU  Wendell Hunter, OLB, CAL    Jared Siegel, PK, OREOct. 30          J.J. Arrington, RB, CAL Spencer Havner, ILB, UCLA   Maurice Drew, PR, UCLANov. 6           Andrew Walter, QB, ASU  Wilrey Fontenot, CB, ARIZ  Reggie Bush, KR, USC                 Jerome Harrison, RB, WSU