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Pac-12 Performance Awards, presented by Nextiva - Football Week 3

Sep 19, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO - The Pac-12 today announced its 2022 football season's third weekly performance awards, presented by Nextiva. See below for Week 3's recognitions across the Conference and keep track of the 2022 Offensive Player of the Year watchlist here:

OFFENSE:  Michael Penix Jr., Jr., QB, Washington (Tampa, Fla.)
  • Penix Jr. kept his early-season roll going with a terrific game to beat No. 11 Michigan State, 39-28.
  • Completed 24-of-40 passes for 397 yards, no interceptions and four touchdowns, while also avoiding any sacks for the third game in a row (Michigan State entered the week as the NCAA leader in sacks.
  • Led the Huskies to touchdowns on five of their six drives.
  • His 397 yards rank No. 8 on the UW single-game passing yards list, while his four TD passes are tied for No. 8, matching the total he put up in the season opener.
  • With 10 touchdown passes, he's tied for fourth in the nation, one behind the leaders.
  • First UW player to earn Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week since RB Myles Gaskin in the final week of the 2019 season and first UW QB to do it since Jake Browning in November 2017.  Penix Jr. was a 2-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week at Indiana in 2019.

Also nominated: Bo Nix, QB, Oregon;  Cameron Rising, QB, Utah; Chance Nolan, QB, Oregon State; Jayden de Laura, QB, Arizona; Jake Bobo, WR, UCLA; Travis Dye, RB, USC; Cameron Ward, QB, Washington State

Check out the 2022 Offensive Player of the Year Watchlist, presented by Nextiva, to learn more. 

DEFENSE:  Daiyan Henley, RS Sr., LB, Washington State (Los Angeles, Calif.)

  • Had a huge day in WSU's 38-7 victory over Colorado State, registering a game-high 13 tackles, five solo, 3 sacks and two forced fumbles.
  • As he did against Wisconsin the previous week, he started fast with five tackles, including a sack, in the first quarter.
  • Led a Cougar defense that held Colorado State to a late-game touchdown and just 249 total yards on offense.
  • Ranks fourth in the Pac-12 in tackles and leads or tied for the lead in sacks, tackles-for-loss and forced fumbles.
  • Per PFF, had the second-best linebacker defensive grade in the country in Week 3, and the best in the Pac-12. Also had the best overall defensive grade in the Pac-12 last week.  Owns the best defensive grade among all Pac-12 players for the season.
  • First WSU player to take home this award this season after three different Cougars won it last year (George Hicks III, Jahad Woods and Armani Marsh) including the final two weeks of the season.  

Also nominated: Karene Reid, LB, Utah; Brandon Dorlus, DE, Oregon; Jerry Roberts, LB, Arizona; Solomon Byrd, DL, USC; Darius Muasau, LB, UCLA; Rejzohn Wright, DB, Oregon State

SPECIAL TEAMS:  Nicholas Barr-Mira, RS Jr., K, UCLA (Palos Verdes, Calif.)
  • Barr-Mira converted all four of his field goal attempts, including the game-winning kick on the game's final play, to help the Bruins defeat South Alabama 32-31.
  • In addition to the game-deciding kick which came from 24 yards out, Barr-Mira added a career-long 49-yard field goal in the first quarter.
  • The total of four field goals kicked was also a career best mark for the redshirt junior. He totaled 14 points in all on the day.
  • Second time Barr-Mira has won this award, also earning it in Week 6 of last season.

Also nominated:  Anthony Gould, WR/PR, Oregon State; Devaughn Vele, WR/PR, Utah; Camden Lewis, K, Oregon; Kyle Ostendorp, P, Arizona; Denis Lynch, PK, USC

OFFENSIVE LINE:  Troy Fautanu, So., LT, Washington (Henderson, Nev.)
  • Fautanu was the Huskies' top-rated lineman in Washington's 39-28 victory over No. 11 Michigan State on Saturday.
  • Washington rolled up 503 yards of total offense and held Michigan State, who entered the week as the national leader in sacks, to no sacks and just one tackle for loss (for a one-yard loss). The starting O-line has yet to allow a sack this season.
  • Washington's offense scored a touchdown on five of the first six drives vs. the Spartans, rolling to a 29-8 lead at halftime.
  • Only the second Washington player to earn this award since it was created prior to the 2019 season.  Luke Wattenberg took it home in Week 3 of the 2020 season.

Also nominated: Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu, RT, Oregon; Jonah Monheim, RT, USC; Braeden Daniels, LT, Utah; Paiton Fears, RT, Arizona; Jake Levengood, C, Oregon State

Co-DEFENSIVE LINE:  Hunter Echols, RS Sr., DL, Arizona (Los Angeles, Calif.)   

  • Echols made a season-high 2.0 tackles for a loss of 13 yards in the 31-28 win over North Dakota State on Saturday.
  • Recorded one sack for a loss of 12 yards and forced a pivotal fumble to help the Wildcats come from behind in the victory. It marked the first forced fumble of his career. He recorded four solo tackles and four assists.
  • On NDSU's first drive of the second quarter, Echols sacked Bisons QB Cam Miller for a loss of 12 yards and forced the ball out for a fumble, the fumble was recovered by linebacker Jerry Roberts. The offense then marched down the field, going 83 yards on 10 plays and scoring a touchdown on a seven-yard rush by QB Jayden de Laura to give Arizona a 14-7 lead with 5:45 left in the first half.
  • Second time in the last 3 weeks an Arizona player has won the award after Jalen Harris won it Week 1.  Only other time an Arizona player has taken this honor was Kyon Barrs in Week 10 of last season.
  • First time a Pac-12 football player of the week award has been shared since 2008 when USC's C.J. Gable and OSU's James Rodgers were co-Special Teams Players of the Week.

Co-DEFENSIVE LINE:  Brandon Dorlus, Jr., DE, Oregon (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

  • Led Oregon with a career-high seven tackles in the Ducks' dominant win over then-No. 12 BYU.
  • Added 1.5 tackles for loss and half a sack, his 13th career game with multiple TFLs.
  • Earned a solid 77.1 tackling grade from Pro Football Focus.
  • First time winning this award for Dorlus, with Oregon taking it home three times last year.  In 2021, Kayvon Thibodeaux won it twice and Bradyn Swinson was honored after the Ducks' Week 2 win at Ohio State.

Also nominated:  Solomon Byrd, DL, USC; Gabe Reid, DE, Utah; Thomas Sio, DL, Oregon State

FRESHMAN:  Ja'Lynn Polk, RS Fr., WR, Washington (Lufikn, Texas)
  • Polk set new career highs in Washington's 39-28 win over then No. 11 Michigan State, catching six passes for 153 yards and three touchdowns.
  • His three touchdown catches tie for second-most in UW single-game history. Polk's three TD were from eight, 17 and 53 yards out, and gave the Huskies, at the time of each, leads of 7-0, 29-8 and 36-14. The second touchdown came with just four seconds remaining before halftime.
  • Last Washington player to be named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week was LB Carson Bruener in Week 9 of last year.

Also nominated:  Lander Barton, LB, Utah; Jaden Hicks, Safety, Washington State; Jonah Coleman, RB, Arizona; Jordan James, RB, Oregon; Damien Martinez, RB, Oregon State

Date  Offensive Defensive Special Teams Offensive
Defensive Line Freshman
Sept. 6 Jayden de Laura, Arizona Jaydon Grant, Oregon State Carter Brown, Arizona State Brandon Kipper, Oregon State Jalen Harris, Arizona Jaydn Ott, California
Sept. 12 Caleb Williams, USC Kitan Oladapo, Oregon State Renard Bell, Washington State Jarrett Kingston, Washington State Tuli Tuipulotu, USC Jaydn Ott, California
Sept. 19 Michael Penix Jr., Washington Daiyan Henley, Washington State Nicholas Barr-Mira, UCLA Troy Fautanu, Washington Hunter Echols, Arizona & Brandon Dorlus, Oregon Ja'Lynn Polk, Washington