Malcolm Smith Named National, Pac-10 Defensive Player Of Week
Nov. 30, 2009
USC junior linebacker Malcolm Smith has been name the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week and the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Trojans' win over UCLA.
Smith had a USC season-high and career-best 15 tackles (the most by a Trojan since Troy Polamalu had 20 against Utah in the 2001 Vegas Bowl), including 1.5 for losses, and returned a first quarter interception 62 yards for a touchdown against the Bruins.
Joining Smith as Pac-10 Players of the Week were Stanford running back Toby Gerhart (offense) and Arizona placekicker Alex Zendejas (special teams).
Trojans have now been named Pac-10 Players of the Week 8 times in 2009. In addition to Smith, the others are tailback Joe McKnight (for his showing at Ohio State), safety Taylor Mays (California), defensive tackle Jurrell Casey (Notre Dame), wide receiver Damian Williams (California and Oregon State), tailback Allen Bradford (Oregon State) and safety Will Harris (Arizona State).