Pac-12 Performance Awards, presented by Nextiva - Football Week 4
SAN FRANCISCO - The Pac-12 today announced its 2022 football season's fourth weekly performance awards, presented by Nextiva. See below for Week 4's recognitions across the Conference and keep track of the 2022 Offensive Player of the Year watchlist here:
- Ott rewrote much of Cal's record book with his performance Saturday when he rushed for 274 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries in the Golden Bears' 49-31 home victory over Arizona.
- Set the Pac-12 record for rushing yards in a game by a freshman, surpassing Oregon State RB Jermar Jefferson's 254 against Arizona State in 2018. 274 yards rushing were the most in an FBS game since Oct. 16, 2021, the most by an FBS freshman since Nov. 17, 2018, and the most by an FBS true freshman since Nov. 26, 2015. It was also the third-most ever at Cal and the most ever by a Golden Bear freshman.
- Ott's three touchdowns are tied for the most by a Pac-12 player in a game in 2022 both rushing and overall, while he became the first Cal player to rush for three touchdowns or more in a game since 2017 and only third Golden Bear to do it since 2011.
- Had touchdown runs of 73 and 72 yards to become the first Pac-12 player with two runs of 70 or more yards in a game since 2020 and the first Cal player since 2008. Ott's 73-yard touchdown run was Cal's longest since 2021 and the longest by a Cal freshman since 2013.
- Cal's 49 points scored were its most since 2018 while their 354 yards rushing as a team were their most since 2003.
- Had Pro Football Focus' top "rushing run grade" (94.4) while his "rushing offensive grade" (91.8) against the Wildcats was No. 1 among the country's FBS halfbacks.
- Through four games, Ott leads the Pac-12 in rushing yards (463), rushing yards per game (115.75), yards per rush (8.3) and all-purpose yards per game (131.5), while he is tied for first in rushing touchdowns (4). Also ranks third in the nation in yards per rush, as well as 11th in total rushing yards and rushing yards per game.
- Leads all freshmen nationally in rush yards per carry, rushing yards, rushing yards per game, and all-purpose yards per game while ranking second in all-purpose yards per game, tied for fifth in total touchdowns and tied for 11th in rushing touchdowns.
- Just the 4th player to win both Offensive Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week simultaneously since the freshman award was created prior to the 2019 season. In 2019, USC QB Kedon Slovis pulled it off twice (Week 2 & 11) while ASU QB Jayden Daniels also did it in Week 13. In 2021, USC QB Jaxson Dart won both awards in Week 3.
- Also just the 3rd player to win Freshman of the Week three times. Daniels was honored four times while Utah RB Ty Jordan won it in the final 3 weeks of the 2020 season. Ott was previously the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week in each of the first two weeks of the 2022 season after his performances in wins over UC Davis and UNLV.
- First Cal player to win Offensive Player of the Week since QB Davis Webb in Week 5 of the 2016 season.
Also nominated for Offense: Bo Nix, QB, Oregon; Travis Dye, RB, USC; Jam Griffin, RB, Oregon State; Jacob Cowing, WR, Arizona; Rome Odunze, WR, Washington; Zach Charbonnet, RB, UCLA; Cameron Rising, QB, Utah; Jayden de Laura, QB, Arizona
Also nominated for Freshman: Lander Barton, LB, Utah; Jordan James, RB, Oregon; Ceyair Wright, DB, USC; Carter Brown, K, Arizona State; Owen McCown, QB, Colorado
Check out the 2022 Offensive Player of the Year Watchlist, presented by Nextiva, to learn more.
DEFENSE: Laiatu Latu, RS Jr., DE, UCLA (Sacramento, Calif.)
- Registered a career-best 3.0 sacks in leading UCLA to a 45-17 win at Colorado. Latu totaled four tackles on the day, including a 3.5 tackles for loss. He added a forced fumble and was also credited with a pass defended. The forced fumble led to a short field and a two-play touchdown drive for the Bruins.
- First Bruin to win Defensive Player of the Week since LB Keisean Lucier-South in Week 7 of the 2018 season.
Also nominated: Eric Gentry, ILB, USC; Karene Reid, LB, Utah; Noah Sewell, ILB, Oregon; Kitan Oladapo, Oregon State
- Henry, the Pac-12 Conference's leading scorer, made all four of his field-goal attempts, as well as four PATs, to account for 16 points as the Huskies beat Stanford, 40-22.
- Connected on field goals of 35, 47, 32 and 26 yards, tying his career high for field goals in a game. The 47-yard was the second-longest made field goal of his career.
- Second time Henry has won this award, also earning it in Week 9 of last season.
Also nominated: Trent Carrizosa, P, Colorado; Camden Lewis, K, Oregon; Jordan Noyes, K, Utah; Aadyn Sleep-Dalton, P, USC; Carter Brown, K, Arizona State
- Coleman played a key role in helping Jaydn Ott rewrite much of Cal's record book with Ott's performance Saturday when he rushed for 274 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries in the Golden Bears' 49-31 home victory over Arizona.
- Played all 70 snaps at left tackle and was the only Cal offensive lineman to start at the same position as the previous contest at Notre Dame. Coleman had three pancake blocks and his 93% grade from the Cal coaches was the highest on the offensive line.
- Cal's 49 points scored was their most since 2018 while their 354 yards rushing as a team was the most for the Golden Bears since 2003 and 599 yards of total offense the most since 2021. The offensive line did not allow a sack and gave up only 2.0 tackles for loss (-4 yards).
- Ott's 274 yards rushing were the most in an FBS game since Oct. 16, 2021, the most by an FBS freshman since Nov. 17, 2018, and the most by an FBS true freshman since Nov. 26, 2015. Ott's 274 yards rushing were also the third-most ever at Cal and the most ever by a Golden Bear or Pac-12 freshman. Ott's three touchdowns are tied for the most by a Pac-12 player in 2022 both rushing and overall, while he became the first Cal player to rush for three touchdowns or more in a game since 2017 and only the third Golden Bear to do it since 2011. Ott had touchdown runs of 73 and 72 yards to become the first Pac-12 player with two runs of 70 or more yards in a game since 2020 and the first Cal player since 2008. Ott's 73-yard touchdown run was Cal's longest since 2021 and the longest by a Cal freshman since 2013.
- Second time Coleman has earned this honor, having been selected in Week 12 of last year. He's the only Cal player to have won this award since its inception prior to the 2019 season.
Also nominated: T.J. Bass, LT, Oregon; Justin Dedich, RG, USC; Braeden Daniels, LT, Utah; Henry Bainivalu, RG, Washington
DEFENSIVE LINE: Mase Funa, Jr., OLB, Oregon (Anaheim, Calif.)
- Sealed Oregon's 44-41 comeback win at Washington State with a 27-yard pick-six late in the fourth quarter, his first career interception and first career touchdown.
- First Duck to return an interception for a touchdown since Bennett Williams on Sept. 25, 2021. Added four tackles and assisted on a tackle for loss.
- Oregon's highest-graded defender by Pro Football Focus at 86.7, including a stellar 92.7 coverage grade.
- Second straight week a Duck has earned this honor after Brandon Dorlus was a co-winner in Week 3. Funa, with his first time being recognized, becomes the 5th different Oregon player to win this award since it was created prior to the 2019 season.
Also nominated: Laiatu Latu, DE, UCLA; Bralen Trice, EDGE, Washington; Nesta Jade Silvera, DL, Arizona State; Sione Lolohea, DL, Oregon State; Gabe Reid, DE, Utah; Tuli Tuipulotu, USC
|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|
|Sept. 26||Jaydn Ott, California||Laiatu Latu, UCLA||Peyton Henry, Washington||Ben Coleman, California||Mase Funa, Oregon||Jaydn Ott, California|