Pac-12 Football Players of the Week - Week One
OFFENSE: Jarek Broussard, So., TB, Colorado (Dallas, Texas)
- Broussard’s 187 rushing yards in Colorado's 48-42 over UCLA are the most ever by a Buff in their collegiate debut and the most by a Pac-12 player in their debut since 2011.
- Became the 19th player (since 1956) to gain 100-or-more yards in a first start at tailback, gaining the third-most in the process.
- His three rushing touchdowns tied a Colorado record for most touchdowns in a running back’s debut.
Also nominated: Tyler Shough, QB, Oregon; Jermar Jefferson, RB, Oregon State; Dorian Thompson-Robinson, QB, UCLA; Kedon Slovis, QB, USC; Travell Harris, WR, Washington State.
DEFENSE: Merlin Robertson, Jr., LB, Arizona State (Carson, Calif.)
- Robertson recorded a fumble recovery and interception against No. 20 USC, and now has two interceptions in his past three games dating back to last season.
- He also posted 10 combined tackles, including one tackle for loss and five solo tackles.
- Kept USC from a potential tying or go-ahead score in the final minutes of the first half when he made a diving interception off the arm of Kedon Slovis at the ASU 10-yard line.
- Late in the third quarter, Robertson tackled USC RB Stephen Carr for a one-yard loss on 4th & 1 at the ASU 6.
- Ended another USC drive in the fourth quarter after recovering a fumble forced by teammate Evan Fields.
Also nominated: Isaiah Lewis, S, Colorado; Isaiah Pola-Mao, S, USC; Ron Stone Jr., E, Washington State.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Michael Turk, P, Arizona State (Dallas, Texas)
- Turk punted five times and averaged 51.6 yards per punt, and pinned the Trojans inside their own 20-yard line three times.
- The Ray Guy Award watch list honoree also posted three punts 57 yards-or-further, including a game-high punt of 58 yards, and now has 26 career punts over 50 yards
Also nominated: Bru McCoy, WR, USC; Dillon Sherman, LB, Washington State.
OFFENSIVE LINE: Ryan Walk, Jr., OL, Oregon (Eugene, Ore.)
- Highest graded offensive lineman in the Pac-12 and second highest in the nation for Week 10 by Pro Football Focus (PFF) with a grade of 89.6.
- Top graded guard in the nation by PFF and his run-blocking grade of 90.2 was second highest in the country.
- Made his first career start (Right Guard) against Stanford and played 58 snaps combined at right guard and left guard.
- Named to the PFF National Team of the Week for week 10.
- Earned a 100 percent assignment grade from the Oregon coaching staff.
- Helped Oregon rush for the most yards (269) by a Pac-12 team in the open weekend of action while not allowing a sack.
- Three different Ducks rushed for over 70 yards each for the first time since 2017 while Oregon broke eight runs of 10-plus yards, including six in the second half.
- Oregon improved to 11-0 under head coach Mario Cristobal when rushing for 200 yards.
Also nominated: Will Sherman, OT, Colorado; Abe Lucas, OT, Washington State.
DEFENSIVE LINE: Marlon Tuipulotu, R-Jr., DT, USC (Independence, Ore.)
- In the season-opener against Arizona State, Tuipulotu had eight tackles, including two for losses with the game's only sack against Sun Devils' QB Jayden Daniels.
Also nominated: Mustafa Johnson, DL, Colorado; Brennan Jackson, E, Washington State.
FRESHMAN: Jayden de Laura, Fr., QB, Washington State (Honolulu, Hawaii)
- First true freshman in school history to open the season as the starting quarterback, de Laura completed 18-of-33 attempts for 227 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He also added 43 rushing yards on eight attempts and a touchdown. He was the first true freshman Cougar to start any game under center since 2009.
- His first career TD pass came late in the first quarter, a 29-yard score to Travell Harris.
- His first rushing touchdown gave WSU a 21-7 lead early in the third quarter, a five-yard score. On the Cougars' next possession, de Laura found Harris again, this time on a 28-yard strike to the back pylon to give Washington State a 28-7 lead.
- Seven of his eight rushing attempts were for positive yards, including two for first downs. He was only sacked once in the game.
Also nominated: Chip Trayanum, RB, Arizona State; Noah Sewell, ILB, Oregon; Bru McCoy, WR, USC.
|Date / Week||Offensive||Defensive||Special Teams||Offensive Line||Defensive Line||Freshman|
|Nov. 9||Jarek Broussard, COL||Merlin Robertson, ASU||Michael Turk, ASU||Ryan Walk, ORE||Marlon Tuipulotu, USC||Jayden de Laura, WSU|