Pac-12 Performance Awards, presented by Nextiva - Football Week 8
SAN FRANCISCO - The Pac-12 today announced its 2022 football season's eighth weekly performance awards, presented by Nextiva. See below for Week 8's recognitions across the Conference and keep track of the 2022 Offensive Player of the Year watchlist here:
- Led Oregon to a huge 45-30 win over No. 9 UCLA with a stellar performance. Completed 22-of-28 passes for 283 yards and 5 touchdowns while rushing 8 times for 51 yards.
- Matched his career-high with 5 touchdown passes, his second 5-TD game of the season. Just the 3rd Oregon QB since at least 1996 to throw 5-plus touchdowns multiple times in the same season, joining Justin Herbert (2019) and Marcus Mariota (2014). 1 of 5 FBS quarterbacks this season to throw 5 TD multiple times.
- Perfect 11-of-11 for 151 yards and 3 touchdowns in the second quarter. Connected on a 49-yard touchdown, his 7th completion of 40-plus yards this season. Completed 15 straight passes from the 1st quarter to the 3rd.
- Earned a terrific 90.4 overall grade from Pro Football Focus, tied for 8th among all FBS quarterbacks in Week 8.
- 1st time winning Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week, won the SEC Offensive Player of the Week last season with Auburn in Week 5. First Oregon player to take home this honor since Anthony Brown won in the final week of the regular season last year.
Also nominated for Offense: Damien Martinez, RB, Oregon State; Michael Penix, Jr., QB, Washington; Jake Bobo, WR, UCLA; Tanner McKee, QB, Stanford; Elijhah Badger, WR, Arizona State
Check out the 2022 Offensive Player of the Year Watchlist, presented by Nextiva, to learn more.
DEFENSE: Alex Austin, RS So., DB, Oregon State (Long Beach, Calif.)
- Became the 1st Oregon State player with a Pick 6 when he returned an INT 42 yards in Saturday's win over Colorado. The victory pushed the Beavers to bowl eligibility.
- The Pick 6 came in the third quarter and sent OSU to a 35-3 lead. Austin is one of just six defensive backs in the Pac-12 to record at least one touchdown this season. He's the first since October 8.
- Also recorded 3 tackles and a pass breakup.
- The INT was the 2nd of the season for Austin and the 4th of his career.
- 1st time winning this award but the 3rd different Oregon State defensive back to win this season (Jaydon Grant - Week 1, Kitan Oladipo - Week 2). First school to have 3 different players win Defensive Player of the Week in the same season since Oregon last year and first time the Beavers have done it since the award started in 1983.
Also nominated: Christian Gonzalez, DB, Oregon; Kyle Soelle, LB, Arizona State; Mo Osling III, DB, UCLA; Levani Damuni, ILB, Stanford
- Career-high 5 field goals tied school record (John Hopkins at Cal, 1990; Nate Whitaker at Notre Dame, 2010)
- 5 field goals made was tied for the most in the country this season (3 times) and the 5 attempts was the most in the Pac-12 on the year.His makes on Saturday were from: 44, 36, 44, 36, 47 yards
- Has scored 25 of Stanford's 31 points the last 2 weeks (both wins).
- 12-for-12 on the season for FG and 18-of-18 on PAT. Leads the conference in made field goals
- Karty is the only kicker in the Pac-12, and 1 of just 6 nationally, with at least 10 made field goals and no misses. ?
- 3rd time in the last 4 weeks Karty has won this award. First Pac-12 player to win this award 3 times in the same season since Utah's Matt Gay did it 4 times in 2018. First Stanford player to earn this honor 3 times in the same season since the award was created in 1987.
Also nominated: Anthony Gould, WR/PR, Oregon State; Nicholas Barr-Mira, K, UCLA
OFFENSIVE LINE: Alex Forsyth, Sr., C, Oregon (West Linn, Ore.)
- Helped Oregon rack up 545 yards of offense and 262 rushing yards in a huge 45-30 win over No. 9 UCLA.
- Ducks rushed for 200-plus yards for the 3rd straight game and 5th time in 7 games; the last time UO rushed for 200-plus yards in 5 or more of its first 7 games was 2017.
- The leader of an offensive line that did not allow a sack for the 6th time in 7 games; UO leads the nation with just 1 sack allowed this season.
- Earned an 83.7 pass-blocking grade from Pro Football Focus while not allowing a pressure, hurry, QB hit or sack in 28 pass-blocking opportunities.
- Ranks 7th among all FBS offensive linemen with a team-best 89.9 pass-blocking grade from PFF this season.
- 1st time this season and 2nd time in his career that Forsyth has earned this honor. Won it in Week 2 of last season after the victory at Ohio State. 2nd Duck to be selected this year, T.J. Bass claimed the award back-to-back in Weeks 5 and 6.
Also nominated: Jake Levengood, C, Oregon State; Troy Fautanu, LT, Washington
DEFENSE LINE: Bralen Trice, So., EDGE, Washington (Phoenix, Ariz.)
- Played a key role, leading the Husky pass rush that notched five sacks in Washington's 28-21 win at California.
- Totaled 5 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss, and 2 quarterback sacks, good for losses of 10 yards.
- 6.5 sacks this season, tied for 2nd most in the Pac-12 and 10th most in FBS.
- 1st time being honored with a weekly award but the 2nd straight week a Husky has won it (Jeremiah Martin). It's the 2nd time Washington has taken this honor in consecutive weeks, Zion Tupuola-Fetui won it in 3 straight weeks in 2020.
Also nominated: Lance Keneley, EDGE, Stanford; Anthonie Cooper, DE, Arizona State; Simon Sandberg, DL, Oregon State; Brandon Dorlus, DE, Oregon
FRESHMAN: Damien Martinez, Fr., RB, Oregon State (Lewisville, Texas)
- Topped 100 yards for the second consecutive game, totaling 178 rushing with 3 touchdowns to lead Oregon State to a win over Colorado, and giving the Beavers bowl eligibility.
- 178 yards mark the 3rd-best single-game total by a Pac-12 running back this season.
- Per PFF, 60 of his 178 yards came after contact.
- The 3 touchdowns, meanwhile, are tied for the single-game high in the conference in 2022.
- Had 3 carries of 20 or more yards, including a game-high 40-yard rush.
- Of his 22 carries in the game, 3 went for touchdowns and additional 10 went for first downs.
- Martinez has 372 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns over his last 3 games. He's carried the ball 41 times over that stretch, averaging 9.07 yards per carry.
- The freshman now has an OSU-best 517 rush yards on 79 carries this season, an average of 6.54 per rush. He's also scored five rushing touchdowns.
- Only the 2nd Oregon State player to win this award since it was created in 2019. LB Omar Speights brought it home in Week 10 of 2019.
Also nominated: Ernest Cooper, EDGE, Stanford; Jordan James, RB, Oregon