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Pac-12 Performance Awards, presented by Nextiva - Football Week 7

Oct 17, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO - The Pac-12 today announced its 2022 football season's seventh weekly performance awards, presented by Nextiva. See below for Week 7's recognitions across the Conference and keep track of the 2022 Offensive Player of the Year watchlist here:

OFFENSE:  Cameron Rising, Jr., QB, Utah (Ventura, Calif.)
  • Was 30-of-44 passing for 415 yards and 2 touchdowns, against no sacks and no interceptions in the win over No. 7 USC. This was the first 400-yard passing game by a Utah quarterback in the Pac-12 era and first since Brian Johnson against San Diego State on Oct. 15, 2005.
  • Set single game career-highs in completions (30), passing yards (415) and rushing touchdowns (3).
  • Rushed 11 times for 60 yards and 3 touchdowns. It was the first 3-rushing-touchdown game by a Utah quarterback since Travis Wilson did so against Colorado State in the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 20, 2014.
  • Orchestrated a 15-play, 75-yard game-winning drive, capped by a Rising rushing touchdown on 4th-and-goal and ensuing two-point conversion with under a minute left. It culminated a stretch of five touchdowns over Utah's last six possessions of the ballgame.
  • Was responsible for 475 total yards of total offense (415 passing; 60 rushing). It was the most total yards of offense for a Utah QB since Brian Johnson in that San Diego State game in 2005.
  • With his 3 rushing touchdowns, Rising now has 12 in his career and is only the 6th Utah QB since 1996 to rush for 10 or more career rushing touchdowns.
  • Threw for 2 touchdowns in the game, and now has 35 career passing touchdowns, which ranks 10th all-time in Utah history.
  • Has rushed for a touchdown in 3 consecutive games, the first such feat of his career. He is the first Utah quarterback to have 3 straight games with a rushing touchdown since Tyler Huntley did so in the 2016 Foster Farms Bowl vs. Indiana, then the first two games of 2017.
  • Tallied his first career-reception that went for nine-yards in the game on a trick-play pass from Devaughn Vele.
  • Over the 2022 season, Rising has a QBR of 89.4 on the season, the best mark in the Pac-12 and the fourth best in the nation.
  • Scored 20 points in the game, the most by a Pac-12 player this season.
  • 3 rushing touchdowns are tied for the most by a Pac-12 player this season.
  • 415 yards passing is the 4th best mark for passing yards by a Pac-12 quarterback this season.
  • 3rd time winning Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week and first this season.  Took home the award in back-to-back weeks in October 2021.

Also nominated for Offense:  Michael Penix, Jr., QB, Washington; Jayden de Laura, QB, Arizona; Montana Lemonious-Craig, WR, Colorado; Damien Martinez, RB, Oregon State; Casey Filkins, RB, Stanford

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

DEFENSE:  Jonathan McGill, Sr., S, Stanford (Coppell, Texas)

  • Four tackles (one for loss), a fumble recovery and the game-sealing pass breakup.  The fumble recovery is McGill's 2nd career, last came in the 2019 season
  • Second straight game Stanford has not allowed any points in the first quarter.  Notre Dame was scoreless until the 6:22 mark of the third quarter, its longest scoreless streak to start a game since Oct. 2, 2021 vs. Cincinnati
  • 6th time in the Stanford-Notre Dame series (dating back to 1925) that Notre Dame has been held to 14 or less points
  • First time winning this award and the first Stanford player to be named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week since Kyu Blu Kelly in Week 2 of 2021.

Also nominated: Jaydon Grant, DB, Oregon State; Josh Chandler-Semedo, ILB, Colorado; R.J. Hubert, S, Utah; DJ Warnell Jr., S, Arizona

SPECIAL TEAMS:  Joshua Karty, Jr., K, Stanford (Burlington, N.C.)
  • 3-for-3 (43-43-45) in a two-point win at Notre Dame (just Stanford's 5th-ever win at ND Stadium)
  • Has not missed inside 48 yards in his Stanford career
  • 3 attempts and makes matches his career high and Karty accounted for 10 of Stanford's 16 points Saturday (3 made FG, 1 PAT)
  • Also led the kickoff unit for the Cardinal, totaling 4 kickoffs for 4 touchbacks
  • 17-for-17 this season (PAT), 7-7 this season (FG)- 1 of only 2 Pac-12 kickers with a perfect mark when kicking field goals
  • 2nd time this season Karty has won this award.  First Stanford player to win this award multiple times in the same season since KR Chris Owusu in 2009 and first Stanford place kicker to do it since Mike Biselli in 1999.

Also nominated:  Luke Loecher, P, Oregon State; Cole Becker, PK, Colorado; Kyle Ostendorp, P, Arizona

OFFENSIVE LINE:  Braeden Daniels, Jr., LT, Utah (Carrollton, Texas)
  • Earned his 36th start of his career and seventh at left tackle in the win over No. 7 USC. 
  • Gave quarterback Cameron Rising time to throw as the offensive line did not allow a sack and Rising threw for a career-high 415-yards in the win. Entering the game, the USC defense had been averaging four sacks a game.
  • His blocking left Rising a perfect window to haul up the middle into the end zone for the game-winning touchdown and two-point conversion.
  • Helped guide the Utes to 562 yards of total offense and 7.4 yards per play in the contest, the second time this season Utah has had over 500 yards of total offense.
  • Daniels and the O-Line only allowed one negative rushing play in the game, which came in the first quarter
  • 2nd time in his career that Daniels has won this award, being honored in Week 10 of last season which was the last time a Utah player took home this honor.

Also nominated: Joshua Gray, LT, Oregon State; Henry Bainivalu, RG, Washington; Tommy Brown, RG, Colorado; Drake Nugent, C, Stanford; Jonah Savaiinaea, RG, Arizona

DEFENSE LINE:  Jeremiah Martin, Sr., EDGE, Washington (San Bernardino, Calif.)

  • Just two days after this birth of his son, Martin led the Huskies' defense in Washington's win over Arizona. The senior captain led all Husky defenders with nine total tackles, including two quarterback sacks for losses of nine yards.
  • Arizona's Jayden de Laura entered the game having been sacked just eight times in the season's first six games. The Huskies, led by Martin, notched four sacks.
  • 1st time earning this award and first Washington player to win since Zion Tupuola-Fetui brought home the honors in 3 straight weeks in 2020.

Also nominated:  Stephen Herron, EDGE, Stanford; Gabe Reid, DE, Utah; James Rawls, DL, Oregon State; Terrance Lang, DE, Colorado

FRESHMAN:  Tetairoa McMillan, Fr., WR, Arizona (Waimanalo, Hawai'i)

  • Recorded season-high 132 receiving yards including a season-long reception of 46 yards.  First time with more than 100 receiving yards this season.
  • Caught two touchdown passes in a single game for the first time in his collegiate career.
  • Season-high seven receptions.
  • Leads all true freshmen with 470 yards receiving and is tied for first in FBS with six receiving touchdowns.
  • Third nationally among true freshmen in receptions (28).
  • Leads all true freshmen in FBS in yards per catch (16.8).
  • Leads all FBS true freshman in yards per game (67.1)
  • First Arizona player to win this award multiple times after previously being honored in Week 5.  1 of 2 Pac-12 players to win this award more than once this season (Cal RB Jaydn Ott, 3 times).

Also nominated:  Damien Martinez, RB, Oregon State; Anthony Franklin, DL, Stanford

Date  Offensive Defensive Special Teams Offensive
Line
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
Sept. 26 Jaydn Ott, California Laiatu Latu, UCLA Peyton Henry, Washington Ben Coleman, California Mase Funa, Oregon Jaydn Ott, California
Oct. 3 Dorian Thompson-Robinson, UCLA Clark Phillips III, Utah Joshua Karty, Stanford T.J. Bass, Oregon Brandon Dorlus, Oregon Tetairoa McMillan, Arizona
Oct. 10 Dorian Thompson-Robinson, UCLA Tuli Tuipulotu, USC Carter Brown, Arizona State T.J. Bass, Oregon Tuli Tuipulotu, USC Jaylen Jenkins, Washington State
Oct. 17 Cameron Rising, Utah Jonathan McGill, Stanford Joshua Karty, Stanford Braeden Daniels, Utah Jeremiah Martin, Washington Tetairoa McMillan, Arizona