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Pac-12 announces football players of the week

Sep 22, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO - Wide receiver Cayleb Jones of ARIZONA, linebacker Gionni Paul of UTAH and kicker Andy Phillips of UTAH have been named offensive, defensive and special teams Pac-12 Players of the Week in football.

Jones, a sophomore from Austin, Texas, gave the Wildcats life in a 22-point second-half rally to stun California, 49-45, in Tucson. Jones hauled in a career-high 13 receptions for 186 yards and three second-half touchdowns, including a pair of scoring grabs in the fourth quarter. Jones had nine catches for 127 yards and 3 TD in second half alone (5-59, 2 TD in fourth quarter). His two fourth quarter touchdown grabs (16 and 15 yards) brought UA within eight and two-point margins to keep the hopes for Austin Hill’s winning Hail Mary catch alive. Of Jones’ 13 catches, nine resulted in first downs or touchdowns. The 13 receptions are second-most in school single-game history, one shy of Jeremy McDaniel’s record of 14 set against California in 1996. McDaniel’s performance came in a four-overtime affair, leaving Jones’ 13-catch output as the most in regulation.. The 186 receiving yards for Jones set a new career-high and rank No. 12 in single-game history at Arizona. Jones topped the 100-yard mark for the third-straight game.

Paul, a junior from Winter Haven, Fla., made his first appearance as a Ute since transferring from Miami (Fla.), and helped Utah take down Michigan on the road, 26-10. Paul, a redshirt last year who missed the first two games of this season while recovering from a foot injury suffered in the spring, had a game-high 14 tackles at Michigan, along with an interception and a fumble recovery. In the fourth quarter, his interception stopped Michigan’s first drive. Much later, after a two-hour, 24-minute weather delay, he recovered a fumble to halt the Wolverines on their first series out of the break.  Paul led a Utes defense that never allowed the Michigan offense to enter the red zone.

Phillips, a sophomore from Draper, Utah, accounted for more than half of Utah’s points in its 26-10 win over Michigan, making 4-of-5 field goals and 2-of-2 PATs for a total of 14 points. His clutch performance in the Big House featured makes from 35, 38, 48 and 50 yards. His only miss came after a lengthy rain delay, when his 41-yard attempt bounced off the upright.  Phillips became the first Ute to make four field goals in a game since 2011 (Coleman Peterson). Phillips also had five touchbacks on six kickoffs. 

Also nominated for Offensive Player of the Week: Nelson Spruce, WR, COLO; Sean Mannion QB, OSU; Connor Halliday, QB, WSU; Also nominated for Defensive Player of the Week: Scooby Wright III, LB, ARIZ; Greg Henderson, CB, COLO; Michael Doctor, LB, OSU; Jeremiah Allison, LB, WSU; Also nominated for Special Teams Player of the Week: Darragh O’Neill, P, COLO;

2014 Player of the Week History

Week Offensive Defensive Special Teams
Sept. 1 Cody Kessler, USC Eric Kendricks, UCLA Kaelin Clay, UTAH
Sept. 8 Marcus Mariota, ORE Leonard Williams, USC Andre Heidari, USC
Sept. 15 Jerry Neuheisel, UCLA Shaq Thompson, WASH Ishmael Adams, UCLA