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Pac-12 Football Players of the Week - Week Four

Nov 30, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO - The Pac-12 today announced its 2020 football season's fourth weekly honors, presented by Nextiva. See below for Week Four's recognitions across the Conference:

OFFENSIVE: Jermar Jefferson, Jr., RB, Oregon State (Harbor City, Calif.)

  • Earns the honor for the second-straight week as he led Oregon State to a win over No. 15 Oregon with 226 yards rushing and two touchdowns versus the Ducks. One TD went for 82 yards, a career-long for the junior.
  • The 226 yards marked the most ever by an Oregon State or Oregon running back in 124 games between the teams. 
  • The 226 yards marked the 11th-most ever by an OSU running back. It was Jefferson's third-best single-game total. 
  • Jefferson totaled 134 yards in the first quarter alone.
  • He became the first OSU running back to tally four consecutive 100-yard efforts to open a season since Steven Jackson did so in six straight in 2003. 
  • Jefferson now has 2,740 rushing yards for his career. That places him fifth in Oregon State's history.
  • Jefferson's two scores give him 27 for his career, moving him into sole possession of fifth all-time at OSU. 
  • The 200-yard effort marked the third of Jefferson's career.
  • He's tied with Ken Simonton for the second-most by an OSU running back, one behind Steven Jackson's four.
  • Jefferson has now rushed for 100 or more yards 14 times in his career, also good for sole possession of fifth.

Also nominated: Demetric Felton, RB, UCLA; Austin Jones, RB, Stanford; Jarek Broussard, TB, Colorado; Cade Otton, TE, Washington.

DEFENSIVE: Nate Landman, Sr., ILB, Colorado (Danville, Calif.)

  • Earns his second weekly honor, also winning in week two, in CU's 20-10 win over San Diego State. Landman was in on 11 tackles (10 solo) against the Aztecs.
  • Those included three quarterback sacks (all on third downs), one other TFL, two tackles for zero (meaning six stops at or behind the line of scrimmage), a pass broken up (on third down--so four total third-down stops) and a touchdown save.
  • Walter Camp Football Foundation’s National Defensive Player of the Week, the first defensive Buffalo to earn the honor since CB Terrence Wheatley in 2007.
  • Also named as one of 16 semifinalists for the 36th annual Butkus Award on Monday, Nov. 30. Finalists for the award will be announced Monday, Dec. 7 with the winner to be selected on Dec. 22.

Also nominated: Elijah Molden, DB, Washington; Andrzej Hughes-Murray, OLB, Oregon State; Obi Eboh, DB, UCLA; Christian Roland-Wallace, CB, Arizona; Curtis Robinson, ILB, Stanford.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Thomas Booker, Jr., DE, Stanford (Ellicott City, Md.)

  • Blocked what would have been the game-tying extra point with 58 seconds remaining (first career blocked kick) in the fourth quarter to essentially seal Stanford's 24-23 victory over California in the 123rd Big Game.
  • Also recovered his second career fumble (October 18, 2018, at Arizona State).
  • Finished with two tackles and a sack on defense.

Also nominated: Luke Akers, Punter, UCLA; Everett Hayes, PK, Oregon State.

OFFENSIVE LINE: Nathan Eldridge, R-Sr., OL, Oregon State (Anthem, Ariz.)

  • Nathan Eldridge helped anchor an offensive line that saw Jermar Jefferson rush for 226 yards and two scores in a win over No. 9 Oregon. 
  • Eldridge received a 78.4 overall grade from Pro Football Focus.
  • He received an 83.9 mark on run blocking.
  • That 83.9 grade from PFF was the highest in the Pac-12 and he was just one of two players at 80 or above.
  • Eldridge has started all four games for the Beavers this season at center. 

Also nominated: Sean Rhyan, Offensive Tackle, UCLA; Drew Dalman, C, Stanford.

DEFENSIVE LINE: Zion Tupuola-Fetui, So., OLB (DE), Washington (Pearl City, Hawai'i)

  • Tupuola-Fetui earns his third-straight weekly honor after another outstanding night in leading UW to a 24-21, come-from-behind win over Utah.
  • After notching two sacks in each of the Huskies' first two games, Tupuola-Fetui had three sacks in the Utah game. 
  • He also had six total tackles, his third forced fumble of the season and a fumble recovery, which he returned for 29 yards.
  • Tupuola-Fetui leads the nation in sacks (2.33 per game) and is No. 2 in the FBS in forced fumbles (1.0 per game).
  • His seven sacks this year are just one short of the highest total (8) any Husky player has recorded in a full season since 2014.

Also nominated: Thomas Schaffer, DE, Stanford.

FRESHMAN: Dylan Morris, R-Fr., QB, Washington (Puyallup, Wash.)

  • Morris, the Huskies' redshirt freshman quarterback, earns his second-straight weekly honor after leading UW to a third straight victory in his third start.
  • Down 21-0 at halftime, the Huskies came back to beat Utah, 24-21.
  • Morris set new career highs with 23 completions and 38 attempts for 272 yards.
  • He threw two touchdown passes, both to Cade Otton, including the winning 16-yard with just 36 seconds to go.
  • In the second half, Morris was 13-for-20 for 195 yards and two touchdowns.

Also nominated: Ty Jordan, RB, Utah; Zeriah Beason, WR, Oregon State; Salim Turner-Muhammad, CB, Stanford; La'Vontae Shenault, WR, Colorado; Noah Sewell, ILB, University of Oregon.

 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
Nov. 16 Sam Noyer, COL Nate Landman,  COL Champ Flemings, OSU T.J. Bass, ORE Zion Tupuola-Fetui, UW Ayden Hector, WSU
Nov. 23 Jermar Jefferson, OSU Jordan Happle, ORE Jesiah Irish, OSU Luke Wattenberg, UW Zion Tupuola-Fetui, UW Dylan Morris, UW
Nov. 30 Jermar Jefferson, OSU Nate Landman,  COL Thomas Booker, STAN Nathan Eldridge, OSU Zion Tupuola-Fetui, UW Dylan Morris, UW
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