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Pac-12 football players of the week announced

Nov 3, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO - Quarterback Marcus Mariota of OREGON, linebacker Scooby Wright III of ARIZONA and kicker Zane Gonzalez of Arizona State have been named offensive, defensive and special teams Pac-12 Players of the Week in football.

Mariota, a junior from Honolulu, Hawaii, took the honor for the second-straight week after completing 19-of-30 passes for 258 yards and two touchdowns and adding 9 rushes for 85 yards (9.4 avg) and two more touchdowns to lead the Ducks to victory over Stanford, 45-16. Mariota quarterbacked the Oregon offense to 75-yard touchdown drives on each of its first three possessions and followed with another trio of consecutive touchdown drives at the end of the third quarter/start of the fourth quarter.  

Wright, a sophomore from Windsor, Calif., took the honor for the second-consecutive week after racking up a career-high 19 tackles and a career-best 4.5 tackles for loss, in the Wildcats 17-7 loss at UCLA. Wright also registered three sacks to match the career high he set in Arizona’s previous game at Washington State. He ranks fourth nationally with 12.1 tackles per game, second nationally with 2.3 TFLs per game, and second nationally with 1.50 sacks per game. 

Gonzalez, a sophomore from Deer Park, Texas, kicked the game-winning 36-yard field goal in overtime to secure Arizona State’s 19-16 win over Utah. Gonzalez made four-of-five field goal attempts in the win, including a 30-yarder that tied the game at 16 with less than six minutes remaining in regulation. His 13 points in the game pushed his season scoring average to 9.9, which ranks second in the Pac-12 and 14th in the nation.

Also nominated for Offensive Player of the Week: Demario Richard, RB, ASU; Daniel Lasco, RB, CAL; Nelson Spruce, WR, COLO; Sean Mannion, QB, OSU; Devon Cajuste, WR, STAN; Jordan Payton, WR, UCLA; JuJu Smith, WR, USC; Devontae Booker, RB, UTAH; Shaq Thompson, RB, WASH; Also nominated for Defensive Player of the Week: Jordan Simone, DB, ASU; Caleb Coleman, CB, CAL; Erik Dargan, S, ORE; Blake Martinez, LB, STAN; Eddie Vanderdoes, DL, UCLA; Hayes Pullard, LB, USC; Marcus Williams, DB, UTAH; Also nominated for Special Teams Player of the Week: James Langford, PK, CAL; Will Oliver, PK, COLO; Ishmael Adams, PR, UCLA; Nelson Agholor, WR/PR; USC; Kaelin Clay, PR/KR, UTAH; Dante Pettis, WR/PR, WASH

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
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
Oct. 13 Javorius Allen, USC Shaq Thompson, WASH Ty Montgomery, STAN
Oct. 20 Cody Kessler, USC Damarious Randall, ASU Andy Phillips, UTAH
Oct. 27 Marcus Mariota, ORE Scooby Wright III, ARIZ Adoree' Jackson, USC