Robert James Named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week
Sept. 4, 2007
TEMPE, Ariz. - Quarterback Ben Olson of UCLA, linebacker Robert James of Arizona State and punt returner DeSean Jackson of California have been named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Football Players of the Week.
Olson, a junior from Thousand Oaks, Calif., led UCLA to a season-opening45-17 Pac-10 victory at Stanford. Olson completed 16 of 29 passes for 286 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions. Olson's five touchdowns went to four different receivers and he directed the Bruins to 624 yards total offense with no turnovers. It is the second year in a row Olson has been named offensive player of the week in the opening week of the season, having also been honored following UCLA's opening day victory against Utah last season.
James, a senior from Glendale, Ariz., led the Arizona State defense in theSun Devils' 45-3 season-opening win against San Jose State. James had a game-high 10 tackles, including a quarterback sack (-10) and added an interception. The Arizona State defense limited San Jose State to just seven first downs and 115 yards total offense (40 rushing, 75 passing).
Jackson, a junior from Long Beach, Calif., flashed his All-America form inCalifornia's 45-31 win against No. 15-ranked Tennessee. In his only opportunity of the evening, Jackson reeled off an electrifying 77-yard punt return for a touchdown to ignite the Golden Bears. It extended his Pac-10record for career punt returns for a touchdown to six.
Others nominated for offensive player of the week honors were running backsJustin Forsett of California, Louis Rankin of Washington, Yvenson Bernard of Oregon State, Ryan Torain of Arizona State and Dwight Tardy of Washington State and quarterback Dennis Dixon of Oregon. Also nominated on defense were linebackers Zack Follett of California and Reggie Carter of UCLA, safety Daniel Drayton of Oregon State and end Daniel Te'o-Nesheim of Washington. Kicker Tom Weber of Arizona State, punter Jared Ballman of Washington and Patrick Chung of Oregon were nominated for special teams play.