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Pac-12 Football Players of the Week - Week Six

Dec 14, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO - The Pac-12 today announced its 2020 football season's sixth weekly honors, presented by Nextiva. See below for Week Six's recognitions across the Conference:

 

OFFENSIVE: Kedon Slovis, So., QB, USC

  • QB Kedon Slovis engineered his third late game-winning TD drive of the season, after previously doing so against Arizona State and Arizona.
  • He threw four of his five TD passes in the second half to help USC come back at UCLA (the Trojans trailed by 18 points early in the third quarter and by 12 early in the fourth), including a game-winning 8-yard scoring fade with 16 seconds to play.
  • Overall, he completed 30-of-47 passes for 344 yards and the 5 TDs.
  • In his career, he has thrown 11 TDs with no interceptions in the fourth quarter.
  • He improved his record to 12-4 as a starter, including 12-1 against Pac-12 opponents.

Also nominated: Dorian Thompson-Robinson, QB, UCLA; Rachaad White, RB, Arizona State; Davis Mills, QB, Stanford; Ty Jordan, RB, Utah.

 

DEFENSIVE: Talanoa Hufanga, Jr., S, USC

  • Hufanga had a game-high 17 tackles at UCLA (last year, he had 18 stops against the Bruins), including two for losses.
  • In the second half as USC was coming back from an 18-point deficit, he forced a fumble that Troy recovered and had an interception (both led to Trojan touchdowns).
  • It was the fourth consecutive game he has had an interception, the first time that has happened at USC since Sammy Knight did so in 1996.
  • On the year, he has 50 tackles, averaging 10 a game.

Also nominated: Nephi Sewell, LB, Utah; Jermayne Lole, DL, Arizona State; Gabe Reid, OLB, Stanford; Nahshon Wright, DB, Oregon State.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Jadon Redding, So., PK, Utah

  • Utah sophomore placekicker Jadon Redding scored 12 of Utah’s 38 points in the Utes’ win over undefeated No. 21 Colorado.
  • Went 3-for-3 on field goals (38, 42, 43) and 3-for-3 on PATs. 
  • His 42-yard field goal in the second quarter tied his career-long, then breaking his career-best with his 43-yarder in the fourth quarter.
  • Redding is 7-for-7 on field goals this season and 17-of-20 in his career.
  • His 42 and 43-yard field goals against the Buffaloes were just his fourth and fifth career attempts at a 40+ yard field goal.
  • He is one of five players in the FBS that has yet to miss a field goal, also ranking 12th in the FBS and first in the Pac-12 in field goals per game (1.75).
  • His 42-yard field goal to end the second quarter cut the Colorado lead to 14-10.
  • His 43-yard field goal in the fourth quarter gave Utah a six-point lead with 9:19 on the clock.
  • His 38-yard field goal with 2:24 left in the game put the Utes up 38-21.

Also nominated: D.J. Taylor, KR, Arizona State; Brenden Rice, WR-KR, Colorado; Gary Bryant Jr., WR, USC; Jet Toner, K, Stanford.

OFFENSIVE LINE: Dohnovan West, So., OL, Arizona State

  • Graded out at 95 percent in anchoring an offensive line that helped ASU accumulate 486 yards in total offense in the Sun Devils' 70-7 win over Arizona in the annual Territorial Cup game.
  • Was part of an offensive line that helped pave the way for 259 yards rushing and seven touchdown runs, including a 133-yard, three-TD performance by Bob Moran Award winner (MVP of the Territorial Cup) Rachaad White.
  • Also helped provide pass protection for QB Jayden Daniels who completed all but two of his pass attempts for 203 yards and two touchdowns while not being sacked.

Also nominated: Jaren Kump, OL, Utah; Casey Roddick, OL, Colorado.

DEFENSIVE LINE: Drake Jackson, So., OLB, USC

  • Drake Jackson had five tackles at UCLA, with 2.5 of them for losses, including a key 4th-and-1 midfield stop in the fourth quarter that dropped the Bruin ball carrier for a 3-yard loss.

Also nominated: Maxs Tupai, DE, Utah; Jermayne Lole, DL, Arizona State; Isaac Hodgins, DL, Oregon State; Dalyn Wade-Perry, DT, Stanford; Mustafa Johnson, DL, Colorado.

FRESHMAN: Ty Jordan, Fr., RB, Utah

  • Utah freshman running back Ty Jordan led the Utes in carries (17), rushing yards (147) and touchdowns (2) in the Utes’ win over the undefeated No. 21 Colorado Buffaloes, averaging 8.6 yards per carry.
  • He is the first Ute true freshman to rush for over 100-yards in back-to-back games since 1995.
  • He has had 314 rushing yards in the past two games, the most in a two-game span by a true freshman in school history.
  • Ranks eighth in the FBS and first in the Pac-12 in yards per carry this year (7.3) and is 15th in the FBS and fourth in the Pac-12 in rushing yards per game (110.8).
  • Accounted for five of Utah’s nine rushing first downs against Colorado.
  • His 17-yard rush on a second-and-one on the first drive of the game put the Utes on the Colorado 10 to set up the first touchdown of the game.
  • Jordan accounted for 53 of Utah’s 60 yards in the scoring drive that gave Jordan his first touchdown of the game (18-yard rush) to cut the CU lead to 21-17 to start the third quarter.
  • Had a 66-yard rushing touchdown on the first play of their drive starting at the 4:54 mark in the fourth quarter was the longest rush of the season for Jordan and for the Utes.

Also nominated: Brenden Rice, WR, Colorado; D.J. Taylor, KR, Arizona State; Tuli Tuipulotu, DL, USC; Levani Damuni, ILB, Stanford; Carson Wells, OLB, Colorado.

 Date / Week Offensive Defensive Special Teams Offensive Line Defensive Line Freshman
Nov. 9  Jarek Broussard, COL Merlin Robertson, ASU Michael Turk, ASU Ryan Walk, ORE Marlon Tuipulotu, USC Jayden de Laura, WSU
Nov. 16 Sam Noyer, COL Nate Landman,  COL Champ Flemings, OSU T.J. Bass, ORE Zion Tupuola-Fetui, UW Ayden Hector, WSU
Nov. 23 Jermar Jefferson, OSU Jordan Happle, ORE Jesiah Irish, OSU Luke Wattenberg, UW Zion Tupuola-Fetui, UW Dylan Morris, UW
Nov. 30 Jermar Jefferson, OSU Nate Landman,  COL Thomas Booker, STAN Nathan Eldridge, OSU Zion Tupuola-Fetui, UW Dylan Morris, UW
Dec. 7 Jarek Broussard, COL Kuony Deng, CAL Jadon Redding, UTAH Drew Dalman, STAN Tyler Johnson, ASU Ty Jordan, UTAH
Dec. 14 Kedon Slovis, USC Talanoa Hufanga, USC Jadon Redding, UTAH Dohnovan West, ASU Drake Jackson, USC Ty Jordan, UTAH
Dec. 21