Gerhart, Smith and Zendejas Named Pac-10 Football Players of the Week

Nov. 30, 2009



WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--Running back Toby Gerhart of Stanford, linebacker Malcolm Smith of USC and kicker Alex Zendejas of Arizona have been named Pac-10 Players of the Week in football.

Gerhart, a senior from Norco, Calif., keyed the Stanford attack in the Cardinal's 45-38 shootout win against Notre Dame.  Gerhart rushed 29 times for 205 yards (7.1) and three touchdowns of 4, 10 and 4 yards, with the final score being the game-winner with 59 seconds remaining in the contest.  In addition, Gerhart threw and 18-yard touchdown pass and added one reception for 33 yards.  The three rushing touchdowns give Gerhart 26 for the year, establishing a new Stanford and Pac-10 single-season record.  It is the third time in the last four weeks that Gerhart has been named Pac-10 offensive player of the week. 

Smith, a junior from Northridge, Calif., led the Trojan defensive charge in USC's 28-7 win against UCLA.  Smith recorded a game-high 15 tackles, seven solo, including 1.5 tackles for loss, and returned an interception 62 yards for a touchdown.  The USC defense limited UCLA to 322 yards total offense and picked off three passes.  Smith also has been named national defensive player of the week by the Walter Camp Foundation. 

Zendejas, a sophomore from Glendale, Ariz., kicked the game-winning field goal as time expired to give Arizona a 20-17 road win at Arizona State.  For the game he was 2-3 on field goal attempts and 2-2 on PATs.  

Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors was quarterback Jake Locker of Washington.  Also nominated on defense were linebackers Mason Foster of Washington and Travis Goethel of Arizona State and end Ricky Elmore of Arizona.  Kickers Nate Whitaker of Stanford, Erik Folk of Washington and Jacob Harfman of USC were nominated for special teams play.




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 Teams: Kai Forbath, PK, UCLA

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

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

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

Oct. 10
Offensive: J
acquizz Rodgers, RB, OSU
DefensiveMason Foster, OLB, WASH
Special Teams: Kenjon Barner, KR, ORE

Oct. 17
Offensive: Nick Foles, QB, ARIZ
Defensive: Jurrell Casey, NT, USC
Special Teams: Bryan Anger, P, CAL

Oct. 24
Offensive: Allen Bradford, TB, USC
Defensive: Cam Nelson, FS, ARIZ
Special Teams: Damian Williams, PR, USC

Oct. 31
Offensive: LaMichael James, RB, ORE
Defensive: Mike Mohamed, ILB, CAL
Special Teams: Justin Kahut, PK, OSU

Nov. 7
Offensive: Toby Gerhart, RB, STAN
Defensive: Will Harris, SS, USC
Special Teams: Nate Whitaker, PK, STAN

Nov. 14
Offensive: Toby Gerhart, RB, STAN
DefensiveAkeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA
Special Teams: Giorgio Tavecchio, PK, CAL

Nov. 21
Offensive: Jeremiah Masoli, QB, ORE
Defensive: Mike Mohamed, ILB, CAL
Special Teams: Nate Costa, H, ORE

Nov. 28
Offensive: Toby Gerharti, RB, STAN
Defensive: Malcolm Smith, OLB, USC
Special Teams: Alex Zendejas, K, ARIZ

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