Pac-12 Football Players of the Week - Week Seven
SAN FRANCISCO - The Pac-12 today announced its 2020 football season's final weekly honors, presented by Nextiva. See below for Week Seven's recognitions across the Conference:
OFFENSIVE: Simi Fehoko, Jr., Stanford, WR
- Caught a Stanford-record 16 passes on 21 targets for a career-best 230 yards (14.4 yards per catch) and a career-high three touchdowns as Stanford beat UCLA 48-27 in double overtime to close the season on a four-game win streak and finish 4-2. The previous record was 14 receptions (four times; most recently Jim Price at Notre Dame on October 7, 1989).
- His 16 catches were tied for the most in the country this season.
- His 230 yards were the third-most in a single game in Stanford history, and the most since Troy Walters set the record with 278 against UCLA on September 25, 1999. His receiving yards were 11th-most in the country this year for a single game, while his three touchdowns are tied for seventh-most in a game this year.
- The game was his first career 200-yard game and the second consecutive game with 100+ yards receiving.
- On the year he is averaging 18.68 yards per catch in his career (56-1,046) to rank third in Stanford history.
- Registered an 87.9 offensive grade according to PFF (86.1 receiving grade).
Also nominated: Rachaad White, RB, Arizona State; Ty Jordan, RB, Utah; Brittain Brown, RB, UCLA; Drake London, WR, USC.
DEFENSIVE: Jamal Hill, So., Oregon, S
- Recorded his first two career interceptions in Oregon’s 31-24 win over No. 13 USC in the 2020 Pac-12 Football Championship Game, presented by 76®.
- Just the third player in Pac-12 championship game history with two interceptions.
- Had a first-quarter INT that set up an Oregon TD and made it 14-0.
- His second INT came with under four minutes to play in the fourth quarter with USC in Oregon territory.
- One of two Pac-12 players with two INTs in a game this season.
- Also added a career-high five tackles.
- Was the highest-graded corner in the Pac-12 by PFF for this past week with an overall grade of 81.8.
Also nominated: De'Andre Pierce, S, Arizona State; Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah; Kana'i Mauga, ILB, USC; Stephen Herron, OLB, Stanford.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Will Shaffer, Fr., Arizona State, LB
- Shaffer made a huge special teams play with the game tied at seven in the first quarter, blocking a punt and netting a 22-yard return to set the offense up in great field position.
- The Sun Devils went on to score a touchdown on the ensuing drive, earning a lead they would never relinquish.
- Shaffer's blocked punt was the first by a Sun Devil since Timarcus Davis did so against No. 15 Cal on Sept. 27, 2019.
- He also added an assisted tackle and half a tackle for loss on defense, enjoying a breakout performance.
Also nominated: Ben Griffiths, P, USC.
OFFENSIVE LINE: Nick Ford, Jr., Utah, OL
- Started at center and helped lead Utah's offense to 528 total yards, allowing zero sacks.
- Keyed an offensive line that paved the way for 223 rushing yards, 6.0 yards per carry and four rushing touchdowns.
- Ford has started at both LT and C this season, with this being his fourth game in a row at center, and is a steadying influence on a line that its third different starting lineup in five games and still performed at an incredibly high level in the Utes 45-28 victory.
Also nominated: Kellen Diesch, OL, Arizona State; Walter Rouse, OL, Stanford.
DEFENSIVE LINE: Kayvon Thibodeaux, So., Oregon, DE
- Named the 2020 Pac-12 Football Championship Game MVP after registering five tackles, two stops for loss, a sack and a pass breakup in Oregon’s win at No. 13 USC.
- Had a TFL on fourth down in the first quarter and a third-down sack late in the third quarter.
- Recorded 12 QB pressures which is the most by a Pac-12 player this season, according to Pro Football Focus (PFF).
- Had his third consecutive game with a sack.
- Has 3.5 sacks, 4.5 tackles for loss and 10 tackles in two career Pac-12 championship game appearances.
Also nominated: Jermayne Lole, DL, Arizona State; Mika Tafua, DE, Utah; Thomas Booker, DE, Stanford.
FRESHMAN: Ty Jordan, Fr., RB, Utah
- Recorded his third-straight 100-yard rushing game in Utah’s comeback victory against Washington State.
- He finished with 22 carries for 154 yards (7.0 YPC) and three rushing touchdowns.
- He also had two catches for 33 yards (187 all-purpose yards).
- He is the first Ute freshman to rush for three-straight 100-yard games since 1995.
- First Ute to have three rushing TDs in a game since 2018.
- Ranks second among freshman in the FBS in all-purpose yards per game (144.6).
- Ranks 11th in the FBS and second in the Pac-12 (leads all freshmen) in rushing yards per carry (7.1).
- Ranks ninth in the FBS and third in the Pac-12 (leads all freshmen) in rushing yards per game (119.4).
- In total, 106 of his 154 rushing yards came in the second half.
- In his first scoring drive, had a 26-yard rush on a first-and-10 to the WSU 35, scoring on a five-yard rush seven plays later.
- Caught a career-long 27-yard catch on a 3rd-and-9 to the WSU 42, scoring on a 33-yard rush just four plays later to tie the game 28-28.
- Scored his third touchdown of the game on a 2nd-and-10 on the WSU 13, rushing in for 13 yards.
Also nominated: Chip Trayanum, RB, Arizona State; Levani Damuni, ILB, Stanford; 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|
|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|
|Dec. 7||Jarek Broussard, COL||Kuony Deng, CAL||Jadon Redding, UTAH||Drew Dalman, STAN||Tyler Johnson, ASU||Ty Jordan, UTAH|
|Dec. 14||Kedon Slovis, USC||Talanoa Hufanga, USC||Jadon Redding, UTAH||Dohnovan West, ASU||Drake Jackson, USC||Ty Jordan, UTAH|
|Dec. 21||Simi Fehoko, STAN||Jamal Hill, ORE||Will Shaffer, ASU||Nick Ford, UTAH||Kayvon Thibodeaux, ORE||Ty Jordan, UTAH|