Rodgers, Mays and Williams Named Pac-10 Football Players of the Week

Oct. 5, 2009

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--Wide receiver James Rodgers of Oregon State and safety Taylor Mays and punt returner Damian Williams of USC have been named Pac-10 Players of the Week in football.

Rodgers, a junior from Richmond, Texas, played a key role in Oregon State's 28-17 upset road win at Arizona State.  Rodgers accounted for 209 all-purpose yards with 10 receptions for 114 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown reception, plus 60 yards on three punt returns and 30 yards on kickoff returns.  Rodgers currently leads the Pac-10 in both receptions per game (7.4) and receiving yards per game (93.2).

Mays, a senior from Seattle, Wash., and Williams, a junior from Springdale, Ark., played prominent roles in USC's 30-3 road win at then-No. 24-ranked California.  Mays had a team-high 10 tackles, six solo, and had an end zone interception that thwarted a potential California scoring drive.  The USC defense did not allow a touchdown, gave up just 285 yards total offense (86 rushing, 199 passing) and posted three quarterbacks sacks (-13).

Williams returned a punt 66 yards for a touchdown in addition to having eight receptions for 101 yards on offense. 

Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were running backs Toby Gerhart of Stanford and Joe McKnight of USC, tight end Ed Dickson of Oregon and wide receiver Chris McGaha of Arizona State.  Also nominated on defense were linebacker Clinton Snyder of Stanford, cornerback Willie Glasper of Oregon and end Matt LaGrone of Oregon State.  Also nominated for special teams play were punters Rice Jackson of Oregon and Jeff Locke of UCLA.


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

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

Sep. 19
Offensive: Jahvid Best, TB, CAL
Defensive: D
onald Butler, ILB, WASH
Special TeamsErik Folk, PK, WASH

Sep. 26
Offensive: Ed Dickson, TE, ORE
Defensive: Devin Ross, CB, ARIZ
Special TeamsChris Owusu, KR, STAN

Oct.  3
Offensive: James Rodgers, WR, OSU
Defensive: Taylor Mays, FS, USC
Special Teams: Damian Williams, PR, USC


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