Pac-12 football players of the week announced
SAN FRANCISCO - Running back Javorius Allen of USC, outside linebacker Shaq Thompson of WASHINGTON and wide receiver Ty Montgomery of STANFORD have been named offensive, defensive and special teams Pac-12 Players of the Week in football.
Allen, a junior from Tallahassee, Fla., ran for a career-high and game-best 205 yards on 26 carries with three touchdowns to help the Trojans upset No. 10 Arizona, 28-26. Allen has rushed for over 100 yards in five of the team’s six games and has eclipsed the 100-yard mark nine times in his career (all within the past 12 games). He is the first Trojan since Reggie Bush (8) and LenDale White (6) in 2005, to have at least five 100-yard rushing games in a season (Bush’s statistics were later vacated due to NCAA penalty). On the year, Allen has 781 rushing yards (5.8 average) on 135 carries with seven touchdowns, along with 23 receptions for 278 yards (12.1 average) with a touchdown. He is the only player in the nation with at least 750 rushing yards and 250 receiving yards. He leads the Pac-12 in rushing (130.2, 11th nationally), all-purpose running (176.5, fifth nationally) and rushing touchdowns (7, 23rd nationally).
Thompson, a junior from Sacramento, Calif., scooped up a fumble and returned it 100 yards for a touchdown in the Huskies 31-7 victory over California. The return was the longest fumble return in school history and was Thompson’s fourth defensive touchdown of the season and his third fumble return for a touchdown. Thompson also recorded a game-high 11 tackles. Thompson ranks second in the nation in fumble recoveries with three and his average of .50 forced fumbles per game ranks him fifth in the nation.
Montgomery, a senior from Dallas netted 206 all-purpose yards in the 34-17 Cardinal win over Washington State. He tallied 71 of those yards on kick returns (3 returns) and 63 yards came on punt returns (3 returns). With 13 touches in the game, Montgomery averaged 15.9 yards per touch. Montgomery ranks in the top 10 in the nation for both punt return and kick return average. His punt return average of 21.6 ranks sixth, while his kickoff return average of 29.1 ranks tenth.
Also nominated for Offensive Player of the Week: Marcus Mariota, QB, ORE; Kevin Hogan, QB, STAN; Paul Perkins, RB, UCLA; Javorius Allen, RB, USC; Cyler Miles, QB, WASH; Also nominated for Defensive Player of the Week: Erick Dargan, S, ORE; Zach Hoffpauir, S, STAN; Eric Kendricks, LB, UCLA; Leonard Williams, DE, USC; Also nominated for Special Teams Player of the Week: Claude Pelon, DT, USC
2014 Player of the Week History
|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|
|Sept. 22||Cayleb Jones, ARIZ||Gionni Paul, UTAH||Andy Phillips, UTAH|
|Sept. 29||Brett Hundley, UCLA||Peter Kalambayi, STAN||Ishmael Adams, UCLA|
|Oct. 6||Connor Halliday, WSU||Nate Orchard, UTAH||Trevor Davis, CAL|