Jayden de Laura and Jalen Harris Named Pac-12 Players of the Week
TUCSON, Ariz. – The Pac-12 announced Jayden de Laura as Offensive Player of the Week and Jalen Harris as Defensive Lineman of the Week, after a 38-20 win at San Diego State to open the season 1-0.
The Wildcats traveled to San Diego and used 299 passing yards and four touchdowns on 29-of-35 passing from de Laura to take down the Aztecs 38-20 on Saturday. Defensive lineman Jalen Harris made a career-high eight tackles and one sack to help the defense hold SDSU to 62 yards passing and 189 total yards rushing.
De Laura improved to 6-0 in his collegiate career when throwing three-plus touchdowns. The four touchdown passes are the most by an Arizona quarterback in their Wildcats debut since Anu Solomon threw four against UNLV in 2014.
The sophomore from Honolulu, Hawaii, threw four touchdown passes to two different players. Three to newcomer Jacob Cowing and one to freshman Tetairoa McMillan. De Laura's four touchdown passes tied Washington's Michael Penix Jr. for the conference lead after Week 1. His 299 yards passing were third among quarterbacks in the Pac-12. During his career (17 games), de Laura is second in the Pac-12 in total offense, averaging 239.88 yards per game.
It was de Laura's first time winning this award and the first time an Arizona player has won since J.J. Taylor in Week 4 of 2018. de Laura has won the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week twice and was the 2021 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.
Defensive end Jalen Harris sacked Aztecs quarterback Braxton Burmeister on third down and seven at the Arizona 21-yard-line to force San Diego State to settle for three points early in the second quarter. The sack kept the Wildcats in front 10-3 following a four-minute 48-second drive by San Diego State. De Laura then marched the offense down the field and completed a six-yard touchdown pass to McMillan to put Arizona up 17-3.
The redshirt senior from Gilbert, Ariz., made four solo tackles and four assisted tackles with one sack. The Wildcats pressured the quarterback early and often, coming away with multiple sacks, one interception, and one forced fumble.
Harris is the second Arizona player to win this award after its inception in 2019. Kyon Barrs won it Week 10 of last season.
Arizona opens its home schedule on Saturday against Mississippi State, with kickoff set for 8 p.m. on FS1.