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Pac-12 Football Players of the Week - Week 3

Sep 16, 2019

OFFENSE: Anthony Gordon, R-Sr., QB, Washington State (Pacifica, Calif.)
• Anthony Gordon completed 36-48 passes (75 percent) for 440 yards, three touchdowns and just one interception in WSU’s 31-24 win over Houston.
• The fifth-year senior was at his best in the third quarter. With WSU trailing 14-7 at half, Gordon completed 12-14 passes for 154 yards, including a 39-yard touchdown pass to Dezmon Patmon.
• Gordon completed passes to nine different receivers.
• The 440 yards marked the third-straight game he has thrown for more than 440, as he leads the nation in passing yards (1,324), passing yards/game (441.3) and total offense per game (447.7).

Also nominated: Laviska Shenault, COLO; Justin Herbert, ORE; Khalil Tate, ARIZ; Champ Flemings, OSU; Michael Wilson, STAN; Tyler Huntley, UTAH.

DEFENSE: Myles Bryant, Sr., DB, Washington (Pasadena, Calif.)
• The Huskies' defensive leader was all over the stats sheet as he finished with two interceptions (the first two takeaways for the Huskies this season) and a sack -- the only sack of the game by the UW.
• Bryant also finished with four tackles, all solo.
• His two interceptions led to the Huskies' second TD of the first quarter (making it 14-0) and to the UW's lone field goal, which made it 38-0.
• Bryant's quarterback sack came on the final play of the first quarter, on a third-and-8 play, after which the Rainbow Warriors were forced to punt.

Also nominated: Evan Fields, ASU; Lorenzo Burns, ARIZ; Bryce Beekman, WSU; John McCartan, OSU; Devin Lloyd, UTAH; Evan Weaver, CAL.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Greg Thomas, R-Sr., K, California (Petaluma, Calif.)
• Thomas made all three of his field goal attempts and both of his extra points in a 23-17 victory over North Texas to set a new career high with 11 points scored. 
• Thomas has made 7-of-8 field goals and all seven of his extra points in 2019. 
• Thomas is second in the Pac-12 and tied for eighth nationally with an average of 2.33 field goals made per game.

Also nominated: Cristian Zendejas, ASU; Champ Flemings, OSU.

OFFENSIVE LINE: Penei Sewell, So., OL, Oregon (St. George, Utah)
• Highest graded offensive lineman in the nation for week 3 by Pro Football Focus (PFF) with a grade of 90.9 over 78 snaps played at left tackle.
• Also had the highest pass-blocking grade in the nation at 91.4 by PFF.
• Helped Oregon throw for over 300 yards and rush for more than 200 yards for the second time this season in a 35-3 win over Montana.
• Recorded 11 knockdowns and didn’t allow a hurry, pressure, hit or sack on quarterback Justin Herbert.
• Oregon averaged 8.9 yards per rush on attempts to the left guard, left tackle and left end side.
• Herbert wasn’t sacked for the second consecutive game while Oregon improved to 7-0 under head coach Mario Cristobal when rushing for 200 yards.

Also nominated: Josh McCauley, ARIZ; Dohnovan West, ASU; Blake Brandel, OSU.


DEFENSIVE LINE: Jermayne Lole, So., DL, Arizona State (Long Beach, Calif.)
• Jermayne Lole was the leader among ASU’s defensive linemen with eight tackles and was responsible for ASU’s only sack of the game in ASU’s 10-7 upset of No. 18 Michigan State in East Lansing.
• Contributed to a defensive effort that allowed only seven points for the third straight game (ASU held MSU 32.5 points below its scoring average of 39.5 in first two games).
• After MSU moved into ASU territory on its first drive of the second half, Lole sacked MSU QB Brian Lewerke for a loss of four yards on first down.
• His QB hurry forced Lewerke into an incompletion on the following play. MSU would give up the ball on downs two plays later.

Also nominated: Cosmas Kwete, WSU.

FRESHMAN: Jayden Daniels, Fr., QB, Arizona State (San Bernardino, Calif.)
• Jayden Daniels led ASU on game-winning touchdown in the Sun Devils' 10-7 upset of No. 18 Michigan State in East Lansing.
• With ASU down 7-3 and 3:34 remaining, Daniels moved ASU 75 yards in 11 plays against a Michigan State defense (came into the game ranked No. 13 in total defense/No. 1 in rushing defense) that had allowed ASU to gain only 141 yards up to that point in the game.
• On the drive, Daniels completed 4-of-7 passes for 52 yards, including a 40-yard strike to WR Brandon Aiyuk that moved ASU into MSU territory.
• In addition, Daniels rushed three times for 27 yards on the drive, including a 15-yard scramble for a first down on 4th & 13 at the MSU 28.
• Also led ASU to field goal in second quarter on 10-play, 48-yard drive that included back-to-back 15-yard completions.
• Daniels did not have any turnovers in the game against an MSU defense that came into the game No. 8 in the nation in turnovers gained.

Also nominated: Mykael Wright, ORE; Drake Jackson, USC; Cosmas Kwete, WSU; Darrius Smith, ARIZ; Austin Jones, STAN; Jesiah Irish, OSU.

  Offensive Defensive Special Teams Offensive Line Defensive Line Freshman
Sept. 3 Anthony Gordon, WSU Francis Bernard, UTAH Michael Turk, ASU Liam Ryan, WSU Benning Potoa'e, WASH Jayden Daniels, ASU
Sept. 9 Kedon Slovis, USC Evan Weaver, CAL Cristian Zendejas, ASU Austin Jackson, USC Mustafa Johnson, COLO Kedon Slovis, USC
Sept. 16 Anthony Gordon, WSU Myles Bryant, WASH Greg Thomas, CAL Penei Sewell, ORE Jermayne Lole, ASU Jayden Daniels, ASU