Mario Danelo Named Pac-10 Special Teams Player Of The Week

Oct. 9, 2006

USC junior placekicker Mario Danelo was named the Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance against Washington.

Danelo hit all 4 field goals (34, 25, 32 and 21 yards), a career best, and both PATs he attempted versus the Huskies, including 3 field goals in the second half as his final 2 proved to be the game's decisive points in USC's 26-20 victory.

On the year, Danelo is 9-of-10 on field goals and 17-of-18 on PATs. He currently is fourth nationally in field goals (1.8, second in Pac-10) and 18th in scoring (8.8, fourth in Pac-10). Last year, he set NCAA season records for PATs (83) and PAT attempts (86). He had a string of 15 consecutive successful field goal tries after missing his first career attempt in 2005 until missing at Arizona in 2006. In his career, he is 20-of-22 on field goals and 100-of-104 on PATs.

He is the fourth Trojan honored by the Pac-10 this year, along with wide receiver Steve Smith (Washington State), linebacker Keith Rivers (Arkansas) and wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett (Nebraska).

Also selected this week were California running back Justin Forsett (offense) and Washington State linebacker Scott Davis (defense).

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