Pac-10 Football Players of the Week
Oct. 6, 2008
Walnut Creek, Calif. -
Quarterback Mark Sanchez of USC and defensive end Cameron Jordan and punter Bryan Anger of California have been named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Players of the Week in football, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced.
Sanchez, a senior from Mission Viejo, Calif., had another big night in USC's 44-10 win against No. 23-ranked Oregon. Sanchez completed 19-of-28 passes (.679) for 332 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. His scoring passes covered 34, 63 and 11 yards. The USC offense put up 598 yards total offense, including 443 yards passing, and the Trojans were forced to punt only one time in the game. It marks the third time this season Sanchez has been accorded Pac-10 offensive player of the week honors.
Jordan and Anger played key roles in California's 24-14 win against Arizona State. Jordan, a sophomore from Chandler, Ariz., posted eight tackles, five solo, including three tackles for loss (-8) and two quarterback sacks (-7) and forced a fumble. The California defense limited Arizona State to 236 yards total offense (71 rushing, 165 passing), just 4-of-16 on third-down conversion attempts, forced three turnovers and posted three quarterback sacks (-22).
Anger, a freshman from Camarillo, Calif., averaged 47.4 yards on seven punts, including a career-long 72-yard boot. Three of Anger's seven punts were downed inside the Arizona State 10-yard line.
Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were tight ends Rob Gronkowski of Arizona and Ryan Moya of UCLA and tailback Shane Vereen of California. Also nominated on defense were backs Alterraun Verner of UCLA, Kevin Ellison of USC and Devin Ross of Arizona. Kicker David Buehler of USC, punter Aaron Perez of UCLA and punt returner Mike Thomas of Arizona were nominated for special teams play.