Redding, Jordan Earn Second Straight Pac-12 Player of the Week Honors
SAN FRANCISCO – For the second week in a row, freshman running back Ty Jordan and sophomore placekicker Jadon Redding have earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors with Jordan being named freshman of the week and Redding getting special teams recognition.
The duo also earned player of the week nods for their performances in Utah's win over Oregon State on Dec. 5. The Utes recently ended then-ranked No. 21 Colorado's undefeated season with a 38-15 win on the road on Dec. 12.
Jordan led the Utes' ground game for the third straight week, coming away with 17 carries for 147 yards (8.6 ypc) and two touchdowns against the Buffaloes. He became the first Utah true freshman to rush for over 100 yards in back-to-back games since 1995, and his 314 combined rushing yards in the last two games is the most in a two-game span by a freshman in school history.
The Mesquite, Texas, native ranks eighth in the FBS and first in the Pac-12 in yards per carry this year (7.3) and is 15th in the FBS and fourth in the Pac-12 in rushing yards per game (110.8). The freshman accounted for five of Utah's nine rushing first downs against Colorado, including his career-long 66-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Redding continues to put up points for the Utes, scoring 12 for the second week in a row on three field goals and three PATs. The Fredericksburg, Va., native was 3-for-3 with 38, 42 and 43-yard field goals against the Buffaloes.
His 42-yard field goal in the second quarter tied his career-long, breaking the record later in the game with his career-best 43-yarder in the fourth quarter. He is 7-for-7 on field goals this season and 17-of-20 in his career, ranking 12th in the FBS and first in the Pac-12 this season in field goals per game (1.75).