Mkristo Bruce Named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week

Sept. 26, 2006

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State defensive end Mkristo Bruce has been named the Pac-10 Conference's Defensive Player of the Week after helping the Cougars defeat Stanford, 36-10, Saturday afternoon at Stanford Stadium.

Bruce, a senior from Renton, Wash., set a WSU single-game record by registering five sacks in the Stanford victory. It came as part of an eight-sack effort by the Cougar defense, the most by a WSU team since recording 10 at Oregon, Sept. 24, 1994. Bruce also tied a school record with five tackles for loss in the game.

Following the game, Bruce pushed his career sack total to 25.5, third all-time at WSU. His seven sacks in four games this season leads all Division I-A players while he ranks eighth nationally in tackles for loss.

California quarterback Nate Longshore and Washington punter Sean Douglas came away with the offensive and special team awards. Quarterback Alex Brink and wide receiver Jason Hill, on the strength of his blocked punt, were WSU's nominees.

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