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Pac-12 Performance Awards, presented by Nextiva - Football Week 10

Nov 7, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO - The Pac-12 today announced its 2022 football season's 10th weekly performance awards, presented by Nextiva. See below for Week 10's recognitions across the Conference and keep track of the 2022 Offensive Player of the Year watchlist here:

OFFENSE:  Bo Nix, Sr., QB, Oregon (Pinson, Ala.)
  • Becomes just the 3rd player in conference history to win Offensive Player of the Week in 3 straight weeks.  USC QB Rodney Peete took home the honors in the final 3 weeks of the 1988 season while Arizona QB Khalil Tate won 4 in a row in October 2017.
  • Led Oregon to a 49-10 win at Colorado with 2 passing touchdowns, 2 rushing touchdowns and his 1st career receiving touchdown.  5 total touchdowns for the 3rd straight game and 5th time this season. 
  • Joined Bowling Green's Josh Harris (11/17/01) as the only FBS players since at least 1996 with 2 passing TDs, 2 rushing TDs and a receiving TD in the same game.   
  • Became just the 3rd Duck and 12th Pac-12 player since 1996 to record a passing TD, rushing TD and receiving TD in the same game.
  • 1st Oregon QB since 2014 and just the 3rd since 1996 to record a receiving touchdown. 
  • Completed 20-of-24 passes for 274 yards.
  • Rushed for multiple TD for the 5th time this season, and threw multiple TD for the 7th time. 
  • 2nd reception this season, becoming the first Oregon QB to have multiple receptions in a season.
  • Earned an 82.2 overall grade from Pro Football Focus.
  • Now leads all Pac-12 players and all FBS QB with 13 rushing TD, tied for 2nd most in Oregon QB single-season history.
  • Tied for the FBS lead with 35 total touchdowns (pass + rush), and owns the most overall TD when adding in his receiving TD.

Also nominated:  Kazmeir Allen, RB, UCLA; Caleb Williams, QB, USC; Nakia Watson, RB, Washington State; X Valladay, RB, Arizona State; Ja'Quinden Jackson, RB, Utah

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

DEFENSE:  Christian Gonzalez, So., DB, Oregon (The Colony, Texas)

  • Led Oregon's defense with 2 interceptions in his return to Boulder after transferring from Colorado to UO.
  • 1st career game with multiple interceptions.  Interceptions came on back-to-back drives in the 3rd quarter.  1st Duck with multiple interceptions in a game since DJ James on Oct. 23, 2021.
  • Totaled 77 yards on his 2 interception returns, running the first one back 36 yards and the second one 41 yards.
  • Added three tackles, two solo. 
  • Led Oregon's defense with a 81.4 overall grade from Pro Football Focus, including a 82.3 tackling grade and a 81.0 coverage grade.  81.0 coverage grade ranked 2nd among Pac-12 defensive backs in week 10.
  • 1st Oregon player to win Defensive Player of the Week this season.  3 different Ducks took home this award last season including 2 times by Kayvon Thibodeaux.

Also nominated: Darius Muasau, LB, UCLA; Travion Brown, LB, Washington State; Tuli Tuipulotu, DL, USC; Cam Bright, LB, Washington; Omar Speights, LB, Oregon State; JaTravis Broughton, CB, Utah

SPECIAL TEAMS:  Peyton Henry, Sr., PK, Washington (Danville, Calif.)
  • Henry wasn't asked to do much in the Huskies' 24-21 win over No. 23 Oregon State, but his 22-yard field goal with just 8 seconds to go provided the winning margin.
  • The game was marked by windy conditions that even led to a 25-minute delay after some of the Husky Stadium lights were knocked out.
  • Henry is 12-for-14 on field goals and 39-for-39 on extra points, making him the Huskies' leading scorer, with 75 points.
  • 2nd time this season winning this award (Week 4) and 3rd time in his career (Week 9 in 2021).  First UW player to take home this award multiple times in the same season since KR/WR Dante Pettis in 2017.  First UW kicker to win the award multiple times in the same season since John Anderson in 2001.

Also nominated:  Luke Loecher, P, Oregon State; Nick Haberer, P, Washington State; Jack Bouwmeester, P, Utah

OFFENSIVE LINE:  Jon Gaines II, Sr., RG, UCLA (Wauwatosa, Wisc.)
  • Led a productive offensive line performance in the win against ASU as the Bruins racked up over 400 yards of rushing offense for the first time since a 2010 game against Washington State.
  • UCLA ran 42 times for 402 yards for an average of 9.6 yards per carry in its victory over the Sun Devils. The Bruins were just two yards shy of producing three 100-yard rushers in a game for the first time since 1969.
  • UCLA racked up 571 yards of total offense and averaged 9.2 yards per play overall on the night.
  • It marks the 6th game this season in which the Bruins have gained at least 200 yards on the ground in 2022 (also Bowling Green 269, Alabama State 220, Colorado 249, Utah 203, Stanford 324).
  • It is the 5th time this season UCLA has exceeded the 500-yard mark for total offense in a game (also Bowling Green 626, Colorado 515, Utah 502, Stanford 523).
  • 1st UCLA player to earn this honor this season.  2 Bruin players won it last year with Alec Anderson winning it in Week 1 and Paul Grattan Jr. in the final week of the season.

Also nominated: Konner Gomness, C, Washington State; Sataoa Laumea, RT, Utah; Ryan Walk, C/RG/LG, Oregon; Jonah Monheim, RG, USC; Jaxson Kirkland, LG, Washington

DEFENSE LINE:  Tuli Tuipulotu, Jr., DL, USC (Hawthorne, Calif.)

  • Continued to be a disruptive force on the Trojan defensive line in USC's 41-35 victory over California. He recorded 4 tackles, with 2.5 for loss of 11 yards and 2 sacks for 10 yards.
  • Now leads the nation in sacks with 9.0 on the season (1.00 per game). He is also currently No. 4 in the nation in tackles for loss with 1.7 per game, and leads the Pac-12 Conference in the stat.
  • The Trojans' 8-1 start is USC's best since the 2008 team started 8-1 and went on to finish 12-1 and defeat Penn State in the Rose Bowl.
  • 3rd time this season winning the award, also claiming it in Week 2 and Week 6.  Just the 2nd player to win this award 3 times in a season since it was created prior to the 2019 season.  Washington's Zion Tupuola-Fetui earned it 3 straight weeks in the 2020 season.

Also nominated:  Jonah Eliss, DE, Utah; Brennan Jackson, EDGE, Washington State; Keyon Ware-Hudson, DT, Oregon

FRESHMAN:  Jaden Hicks, RS Fr., Safety, Washington State (Las Vegas, Nev.)
  • All over the field for WSU in its win at Stanford, collecting 6 tackles, a fumble recovery and a quarterback hurry.
  • Midway through the 2nd quarter, he picked up a fumble and raced 17 yards for a touchdown, giving WSU a 28-7 lead.
  • As a redshirt-freshman, Hicks is second on the team in tackles at 6.44 per game, which is 14th-best in the Pac-12 and tops among Pac-12 freshmen.
  • 1st defensive player to win Freshman of the Week this season.  Just the 2nd Washington State player to win this honor since the award was created prior to the 2019 season (Jayden de Laura).

Also nominated:  Jordyn Tyson, WR, Colorado; Nate Johnson, QB, Utah; Damien Martinez, RB, Oregon State; Jaylin Davies, DB, UCLA; Josh Conerly Jr., OL, Oregon

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
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
Oct. 24 Bo Nix, Oregon Alex Austin, Oregon State Joshua Karty, Stanford Alex Forsyth, Oregon Bralen Trice, Washington Damien Martinez, Oregon State
Oct. 31 Bo Nix, Oregon Bryson Shaw, USC Jordyn Tyson, Colorado Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu, Oregon DJ Johnson, Oregon Jordyn Tyson, Colorado
Nov. 7 Bo Nix, Oregon Christian Gonzalez, Oregon Peyton Henry, Washington Jon Gaines II, UCLA Tuli Tuipulotu, USC Jaden Hicks, Washington State