West, White Named Pac-12 Players of the Week
SAN FRANCISCO – Sun Devil Football running back Rachaad White and offensive lineman Dohnovan West each earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors, the conference announced Monday morning.
It was a dominating ground game that spearheaded the comeback effort in the 35-30 road win over Washington. A big reason behind that was the play of Rachaad White and Dohnovan West, the newly-named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week and Offensive Lineman of the Week.
Arizona State finished with 286 rushing yards and three touchdowns, gaining at least 100 yards on the ground as a team in 14 straight games. It is the longest streak of rushing for over 100 yards as a team since the last 10 games of 1995 and the first 11 of 1996 - a 21-game stretch over two seasons. ASU's 44 rushing touchdowns over its last 13 games are the most in the FBS over a 13-game span.
The Sun Devils carried the ball 57 times against the Huskies, the most rushing attempts since running 59 times in a 31-28 victory over UCLA on Nov. 10, 2018. On a game-clinching 20-play, 81-yard go-ahead drive, 16 of the plays were rushing, with the running game taking over late.
After collecting four Player of the Week awards a season ago despite playing in only four games, Sun Devil Football continues to add to their trophy case under Head Coach Herm Edwards. Since he arrived in Tempe prior to the 2018 season, Arizona State has had 31 Pac-12 Player of the Week selections, fourth-most in the conference. Since 1983, Sun Devils have won a total of 144 Pac-10/12 Player of the Week Honors. This is the second-straight weekly conference honor for White, while West wins his second weekly award of his career.
Rachaad White – Offensive Player of the Week
The reigning Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week was back at it, willing his team to a 35-30 road victory over Washington in the pouring rain. With the Sun Devils trailing 24-14 in the fourth quarter, White and the Sun Devil offensive line took over. By the time they were done, ASU had a 35-14 lead, completing dominating the line of scrimmage down the stretch. White rushed for 184 yards on 32 carries, scoring a pair of touchdowns. He also added five catches for 53 yards as the leading receiver for the Sun Devils. He now has 14 rushing touchdowns this season, moving him into a tie for 8th in ASU single season history.
He has recorded 100 all-purpose yards in nine of his 13 career games as a Sun Devil and eclipsed the 200-yard all-purpose mark for the second-straight game. It is his fourth 100-yard rushing game of his career, with two coming in the last two games. He has combined to rush for 386 yards in the past two games. That's the most in a two-game span since Eno Benjamin had 432 over two games against Oregon State and Colorado in 2018. His 184 rushing yards are the seventh-best ever by a Sun Devil back in a road Pac-12 game.
White has multiple touchdowns in eight of his 13 games played at Arizona State and at least one touchdown in 11 games. White accounted for 237 of ASU's 376 total yards of offense (63%). He came through clutch in the biggest moments, recording all three of ASU's third-down conversions in the game, all three of which were in the fourth quarter. He also recorded both of ASU's fourth-down conversions in the game, which also both came in the fourth quarter.
Dohnovan West – Offensive Lineman of the Week
Sun Devil center Dohnovan West led the way for a dominant effort from the Arizona State offensive line in the 35-30 road victory over Washington. In extremely wet conditions, the offensive line needed to take over, and they did exactly that. West and company paved the way for 286 rushing yards, coming through in the biggest of moments. In the fourth quarter, the Sun Devils ran the ball all but three plays on their way to scoring two touchdowns on back-to-back drives. West had a pancake and two knockdowns, while not allowing a sack.
Next up, the Sun Devils will stay on the road to play Oregon State on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. MST. The game will be televised on ESPN, with Dave Fleming, Rod Gilmore, and Stormy Buonantony on the call.