Dixon, Lewis, Perez Named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Players of the Week
Sept. 10, 2007
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--Quarterback Dennis Dixon of Oregon, cornerback Roy Lewis of Washingtonand punter Aaron Perez of UCLA have been named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Football Players of the Week.
Dixon, a senior from San Leandro, Calif., accounted for 368 yards total offense and four touchdowns inOregon's 39-7 upset win at Michigan. He completed 16 of 25 passes (.640) for 292 yards and three longtouchdowns of 85, 61 and 46 yards with no interceptions, and rushed 16 times for 76 yards and one score.Oregon piled up 624 yards total offense at Michigan--331 rushing and 293 passing.
Lewis, a senior from Los Angeles, Calif., led the Washington defense in the Huskies' 24-10 upset winagainst No. 20-ranked Boise State that snapped the Broncos' 14-game winning streak. Lewis wascredited with 11 tackles, 10 solo, including one tackle for loss and had one interception and broke upthree passes. Lewis came up big in the fourth quarter to thwart two Boise State drives. He picked off apass to stop one drive and later in the quarter broke up a fourth-down passing attempt from theWashington 5-yard line to stop another. The Husky defense forced four Boise State turnovers, includingthree interceptions.
Perez, a junior from Pomona, Calif., played a key role in UCLA's 27-17 win against BYU by averaging44.0 yards on eight punts and pinning the Cougars inside their own 20-yard line on six of the boots.Perez currently leads the Pac-10 in punting with a 44.8-yard average.
Others nominated for offensive player of the week honors were quarterbacks Willie Tuitama ofArizona and Alex Brink of Washington State and wide receivers Mike Jones of Arizona State andMarcel Reece of Washington. Also nominated on defense were linebackers Anthony Felder ofCalifornia, Robert James of Arizona State and Greg Trent of Washington State, cornerback WalterThurmond III of Oregon and end Bruce Davis of UCLA. Antoine Cason of Arizona and Chris Stevens ofWashington were nominated for special teams play.
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