Pac-12 Football Players of the Week - Week 12

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OFFENSE: Anthony Gordon, R-Sr., QB, Washington State (Pacifica, Calif.)
• Led WSU to a 49-22 victory over visiting Stanford as he completed 44 of 60 passes (73.3%) for 520 yards, five TDs and 1 interception.
• Upped his season total to 39, most in WSU single-season history and tied for fourth-most in Pac-12 single-season history
• Gordon's 520 yards, his 2nd 500-yard game this season, upped his season passing total to 4,314, fifth-most in WSU history and 10th-most in Pac-12 history.
• Gordon led the Cougars to scores on nine of WSU's 11 drives, with the non-scoring drives ending on an interception and the final drive of the game with WSU taking a knee.
• Completed passes to eight different receivers and was at his best in the second half, completing 17 of 19 passes (89.5%) for 203 yards and two TDs.
• Completed 9 of 11 3rd-down passes for 148 yards, 2 TDs, and a perfect 158.3 passer rating.

Also nominated: Brandon Aiyuk, KR/PR/WR, ASU; Justin Herbert, QB, ORE; Jake Luton, QB, OSU; Davis Mills, QB, STAN; Kedon Slovis, QB, USC; Tyler Huntley, QB, Utah.

DEFENSE: Julian Blackmon, Sr., S, Utah (Layton, Utah)
• Finished with a game-high 12 tackles (1.5 sacks, 1.5 TFL), adding a forced fumble and an interception in Utah’s 49-3 win over UCLA. 
• He is a part of a defense that has held five opponents to single-digits this season, including four games holding an opponent without a touchdown. 
• Is tied for the Pac-12 lead with four interceptions this season and is tied for ninth in the FBS 
• Assisted in a sack for a loss of nine yards on a second-and-goal for the Bruins, pushing them back to the Utah nine-yard line where they eventually had to settle on a field goal in the first drive of the game.
• Forced a fumble on a sack for a loss of 17 yards on a third-and-10 for the Bruins with Utah picking it up and running it back for a 68-yard return.

Also nominated: Troy Dye, LB, ORE; Hamilcar Rashed Jr., LB, OSU; Jahad Woods, LB, WSU

SPECIAL TEAMS: Brandon Aiyuk, Sr., KR/PR/WR, Arizona State (Reno, Nev.)
• Three punt returns for 76 yards, including a 63-yard return for touchdown at Oregon State.
• Also had two kickoff returns for 44 yards.
• Combined with his performance on offense, Aiyuk collected 293 all-purpose yards (173 receiving, 76 punt return, 44 kick return), the fifth-most in single-game program history. This represents his seventh performance with 100+ all-purpose yards this season and 11th of his career.

Also nominated: Chase McGrath, PK, USC; Travell Harris, KR/WR, WSU

OFFENSIVE LINE: Shane Lemieux, Sr., RG, Oregon (Yakima, Wash.)
• Finished as the highest-graded guard in the Pac-12 for week 12 by Pro Football Focus during No. 6 Oregon's 34-6 win over Arizona.
• Made his 48th consecutive start at right guard. • Did not allow a hit, hurry or pressure on the QB over 67 snaps
• Led the Ducks with a season-high seven knockdowns and had a 97 percent assignment grade from the Oregon coaches.
• Had an 80.4 overall grade from PFF, good for third best nationally among guards
• Protected QB Justin Herbert, who threw for 333 yards and four TDs
• Oregon totaled 471 yards of offense and averaged 7.0 yards per play.

Also nominated: Blake Brandel, OT, OSU; Frederick Mauigoa, OG, WSU

DEFENSIVE LINE: Mika Tafua, So., DE, Utah (Laie, Hawaii)
• Tafua was a key part in Utah's 49-3 win over UCLA, scoring Utah's defensive touchdown on a fumble recovery return while contributing five tackles (1.0 TFL) and his fourth fumble recovery of the season. 
• Tafua's fumble recovery return for 68 yards was Utah's fifth defensive touchdown of the season and is tied for the fourth-longest fumble return in school history.
• Tafua is tied for first in FBS football and ranks first in the Pac-12 this season in fumbles recovered (4). 
• He is a part of the Utah defense that held UCLA to 50 yards rushing, the ninth team this season that Utah has held to under 100 yards rushing.

Also nominated: Kayvon Thibodeaux, DE, ORE; Simon Sandberg, DL, OSU

FRESHMAN: Drake London, Fr., WR, USC (Moorpark, Calif.)
• London had 6 receptions for 111 yards with an 8-yard TD catch in the 41-17 win at California. 
• It was his first 100-yard game in his career. 
• He had a 45-yard catch in which he outjumped a defender and wrestled the ball away, the second consecutive week he has used his basketball skills to make a spectacular grab (he plans to join the Trojan basketball team in January). 
• He now has 27 receptions with 3 TDs on the year and his 14.5 average yards per reception tops USC regulars.

Also nominated: Jayden Daniels, QB, ASU; Kayvon Thibodeaux, DE, ORE; Omar Speights, LB, 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
Sept. 23 Dorian Thompson-Robinson, UCLA Evan Weaver, CAL Demetric Felton, UCLA Penei Sewell, ORE Gus Cumberlander, ORE Kyle Philips, UCLA
Sept. 30 Tyler Huntley, UTAH Francis Bernard, UTAH Jet Toner, STAN Cohl Cabral, ASU George Lea, ASU Grant Gunnell, ARIZ
Oct. 7 Jake Luton, OSU Paulson Adebo, STAN Daniel Rodriguez, OSU Drew Dalman, STAN Kayvon Thibodeaux, ORE Simi Fehoko, STAN
Oct. 14 Brandon Aiyuk, ASU Verone McKinley III, ORE Lucas Havrisik, ARIZ Penei Sewell, ORE Ryan Bowman, WASH Jayden Daniels, ASU
Oct. 21 Justin Herbert, ORE Bradlee Anae, UTAH Daniel Rodriguez, OSU Calvin Throckmorton, ORE Bradlee Anae, UTAH Kyle Philips, UCLA
Oct. 28 CJ Verdell, ORE Paulson Adebo, STAN Camden Lewis, ORE Shane Lemieux, ORE Leki Fotu, UTAH Kedon Slovis, USC
Nov. 4 Tyler Huntley, UTAH Brady Breeze, ORE Mykael Wright, ORE Calvin Throckmorton, ORE John Penisini, UTAH Omar Speights, OSU
Nov. 11 Kedon Slovis, USC Edefuan Ulofoshio, WASH Evan Price, COLO Arlington Hambright, COLO Joe Tryon, WASH Kenan Christon, USC
Nov. 18 Anthony Gordon, WSU Julian Blackmon, UTAH Brandon Aiyuk, ASU Shane Lemieux, ORE Mika Tafua, UTAH Drake London, USC
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