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Pac-12 Football Players of the Week – Week Seven

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

OFFENSIVE: Simi Fehoko, Jr., Stanford, WR

  • Caught a Stanford-record 16 passes on 21 targets for a career-best 230 yards (14.4 yards per catch) and a career-high three touchdowns as Stanford beat UCLA 48-27 in double overtime to close the season on a four-game win streak and finish 4-2. The previous record was 14 receptions (four times; most recently Jim Price at Notre Dame on October 7, 1989).
  • His 16 catches were tied for the most in the country this season.
  • His 230 yards were the third-most in a single game in Stanford history, and the most since Troy Walters set the record with 278 against UCLA on September 25, 1999. His receiving yards were 11th-most in the country this year for a single game, while his three touchdowns are tied for seventh-most in a game this year.
  • The game was his first career 200-yard game and the second consecutive game with 100+ yards receiving.
  • On the year he is averaging 18.68 yards per catch in his career (56-1,046) to rank third in Stanford history.
  • Registered an 87.9 offensive grade according to PFF (86.1 receiving grade).

Also nominated: Rachaad White, RB, Arizona State; Ty Jordan, RB, Utah; Brittain Brown, RB, UCLA; Drake London, WR, USC.

DEFENSIVE: Jamal Hill, So., Oregon, S

  • Recorded his first two career interceptions in Oregon’s 31-24 win over No. 13 USC in the 2020 Pac-12 Football Championship Game, presented by 76®.
  • Just the third player in Pac-12 championship game history with two interceptions.
  • Had a first-quarter INT that set up an Oregon TD and made it 14-0.
  • His second INT came with under four minutes to play in the fourth quarter with USC in Oregon territory.
  • One of two Pac-12 players with two INTs in a game this season.
  • Also added a career-high five tackles.
  • Was the highest-graded corner in the Pac-12 by PFF for this past week with an overall grade of 81.8.

Also nominated: De’Andre Pierce, S, Arizona State; Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah; Kana’i Mauga, ILB, USC; Stephen Herron, OLB, Stanford.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS: Will Shaffer, Fr., Arizona State, LB

  • Shaffer made a huge special teams play with the game tied at seven in the first quarter, blocking a punt and netting a 22-yard return to set the offense up in great field position.
  • The Sun Devils went on to score a touchdown on the ensuing drive, earning a lead they would never relinquish.
  • Shaffer’s blocked punt was the first by a Sun Devil since Timarcus Davis did so against No. 15 Cal on Sept. 27, 2019.
  • He also added an assisted tackle and half a tackle for loss on defense, enjoying a breakout performance.

Also nominated: Ben Griffiths, P, USC.

 

OFFENSIVE LINE: Nick Ford, Jr., Utah, OL

  • Started at center and helped lead Utah’s offense to 528 total yards, allowing zero sacks.
  • Keyed an offensive line that paved the way for 223 rushing yards, 6.0 yards per carry and four rushing touchdowns.
  • Ford has started at both LT and C this season, with this being his fourth game in a row at center, and is a steadying influence on a line that its third different starting lineup in five games and still performed at an incredibly high level in the Utes 45-28 victory.

Also nominated: Kellen Diesch, OL, Arizona State; Walter Rouse, OL, Stanford.

 

DEFENSIVE LINE: Kayvon Thibodeaux, So., Oregon, DE

  • Named the 2020 Pac-12 Football Championship Game MVP after registering five tackles, two stops for loss, a sack and a pass breakup in Oregon’s win at No. 13 USC.
  • Had a TFL on fourth down in the first quarter and a third-down sack late in the third quarter.
  • Recorded 12 QB pressures which is the most by a Pac-12 player this season, according to Pro Football Focus (PFF).
  • Had his third consecutive game with a sack.
  • Has 3.5 sacks, 4.5 tackles for loss and 10 tackles in two career Pac-12 championship game appearances.

Also nominated: Jermayne Lole, DL, Arizona State; Mika Tafua, DE, Utah; Thomas Booker, DE, Stanford.

 

FRESHMAN: Ty Jordan, Fr., RB, Utah

  • Recorded his third-straight 100-yard rushing game in Utah’s comeback victory against Washington State.
  • He finished with 22 carries for 154 yards (7.0 YPC) and three rushing touchdowns.
  • He also had two catches for 33 yards (187 all-purpose yards).
  • He is the first Ute freshman to rush for three-straight 100-yard games since 1995.
  • First Ute to have three rushing TDs in a game since 2018.
  • Ranks second among freshman in the FBS in all-purpose yards per game (144.6).
  • Ranks 11th in the FBS and second in the Pac-12 (leads all freshmen) in rushing yards per carry (7.1).
  • Ranks ninth in the FBS and third in the Pac-12 (leads all freshmen) in rushing yards per game (119.4).
  • In total, 106 of his 154 rushing yards came in the second half.
  • In his first scoring drive, had a 26-yard rush on a first-and-10 to the WSU 35, scoring on a five-yard rush seven plays later.
  • Caught a career-long 27-yard catch on a 3rd-and-9 to the WSU 42, scoring on a 33-yard rush just four plays later to tie the game 28-28.
  • Scored his third touchdown of the game on a 2nd-and-10 on the WSU 13, rushing in for 13 yards.

Also nominated: Chip Trayanum, RB, Arizona State; Levani Damuni, ILB, Stanford; Bru McCoy, WR, USC.

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 Simi Fehoko, STAN Jamal Hill, ORE Will Shaffer, ASU Nick Ford, UTAH Kayvon Thibodeaux, ORE Ty Jordan, UTAH

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