McKnight, Carter and Forbath Named Pac-10 Football Players of the Week

Sept. 14, 2009

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--Tailback Joe McKnight of USC and linebacker Reggie Carter and kicker Kai Forbath of UCLA have been named Pac-10 Players of the Week in football.

McKnight, a junior from River Ridge, La., played a key role in USC’s 18-15 road win at No. 8-ranked Ohio State. McKnight had 105 all-purpose yards as he rushed for 60 yards and added 45 yards on two receptions. On USC’s dramatic 86-yard fourth-quarter scoring drive to win the game, McKnight accounted for 53 yards with 32 yards rushing and 21 receiving yards, plus a two-point conversion catch after the score.

Carter, a senior from Los Angeles, Calif., and Forbath, a junior from Pacific Palisades, Calif., played key roles in UCLA’s 19-15 upset road win at Tennessee. Carter had a game-high 14 tackles, including a tackle for loss. Carter posted seven of his tackles in the fourth quarter, with two of the tackles coming on third and fourth downs of a successful goal line stand with 1:59 to play and the Bruins leading by six points. The UCLA defense limited Tennessee to 208 yards total offense (115 rushing, 93 passing), forced four turnovers, including three interceptions, and posted three quarterback sacks (-18).

Forbath accounted for 13 of UCLA’s 19 points as he was successful on four-of-five field goal attempts, connecting from 26, 39, 31 and 47 yards, with his only miss coming on a 51-yard attempt.

Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were running backs Nic Grigsby of Arizona, Jacquizz Rodgers of Oregon State and Jahvid Best of California and quarterback Jake Locker of Washington. Also nominated on defense were cornerback Trevin Wade of Arizona and linebackers Mason Foster of Washington, Chris Galippo of USC, Keaton Kristick of Oregon State, Casey Matthews of Oregon and Mychal Kendricks of California. Also nominated for special teams play was return man Walter Thurmond of Oregon.


Sep. 5
Offensive: Kevin Riley, QB, CAL
Defensive: Mike Nixon, OLB, ASU
Special Teams: Chris Owusu, KR, STAN

Sep. 12
Offensive: Joe McKnight, TB, USC
Defensive: Reggie Carter, MLB, UCLA
Special Teams: Kai Forbath, PK, UCLA

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