McNally, Belch Named Pac-10 Players of the Week
Sept. 17, 2007
Free safety Bo McNally and place-kicker Derek Belch were named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Players of the Week. McNally was chosen the conference's Defensive Player of the Week after helping the Cardinal shut out San Jose State on Saturday and Belch earned Special Teams Player of the Week after hitting all three of his field goal attempts,including two from 50-yards out.
McNally, a sophomore from Salt Lake City, led the Cardinal defense with 11 total tackles. He also returned an interception 28 yards and was credited with three pass break ups and one tackle for loss. McNally helped the Cardinal defense record its first shutout in 11 years as it limited the Spartans to 32 net yards rushing, 131 yards through the air and just 163 yards in total offense.
McNally has posted 26 tackles in the first two games of the season and is currently leading the Pac-10 and ranked third in the nation in tackles per game (13.0)
Belch, a fifth-year senior from San Diego, put his name in the Cardinal record book after connecting on field goals of 52, 50 and 37-yards against the Spartans. He also added four PATs.
Belch became only the second kicker in Stanford history to hit two, 50-yard field goals in a game. The only other kicker to accomplish that feat was Rod Garcia, who in 1973 had a 59-yarder and 52-yarder vs. USC.
Belch's 52-yard field goal on Saturday is tied for the 10th longest in school history. He is currently ranked first in the Pac-10 and tied for ninth in the country in field goals per game (2.0).