Johnson, McNally, Belch Named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Players of the Week
Sept. 17, 2007
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--Tailback Stafon Johnson of USC and safety Bo McNally and kicker DerekBelch, both of Stanford, have been named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Football Players of the Week.Johnson, a sophomore from Bellflower, Calif., spearheaded USC's rushing game in the Trojans' 49-31road win at No. 14-ranked Nebraska. Behind a dominating offensive line, Johnson rushed for 144 yardson just 11 carries, a 13.1-yard average. Included was a 7-yard touchdown run. USC piled up 457 yardstotal offense against the Cornhuskers, including 313 yards and five touchdowns rushing.
McNally, a sophomore from Salt Lake City, Utah, and Belch, a senior from San Diego, Calif., playedkey roles in Stanford's 37-0 shutout win against San Jose State. McNally posted a team-high 11tackles, eight solo, returned an interception 18 yards and broke up three passes. In addition to theshutout, the Cardinal defense allowed just 163 yards total offense--32 rushing, 131 passing.Belch connected on all three of his field goal attempts, including two 50-yarders, as he hit from 52, 50and 37 yards. He also was good on all four of his PAT attempts.
Others nominated for offensive player of the week honors were running backs Jonathan Stewart ofOregon, Justin Forsett of California, Keegan Herring of Arizona State and Toby Gerhart of Stanford,wide receiver Michael Bumpus of Washington State and quarterback Sean Canfield of Oregon State.Also nominated on defense were linebackers Keith Rivers of USC, Greg Trent of Washington State,Anthony Felder of California, Robert James of Arizona State and cornerback Walter Thurmond III ofOregon. Kick returner Lavelle Hawkins of California, kickers Kai Forbath of UCLA and ThomasWeber of Arizona State and punter Josh Syria of Oregon were nominated for special teams play.