Washington receiver Jermaine Kearse, Stanford cornerback Michael Thomas and Oregon punter Jackson Rice have been named Pac-10 Players of the Week.
Kearse, a junior from Lakewood, Wash., set career highs for receptions (9), yards (179) and touchdowns (3) in a 41-20 win over Syracuse. Kearse caught touchdown passes of 5, 57 and 28 yards after the Huskies had trailed 10-6. He leads the Pac-10 in receptions (14) and receiving yards per game (143.5).
In Stanford's 35-0 win over UCLA, Thomas, a junior from Houston, had five tackles and two forced fumbles, including one he returned 21 yards for a touchdown. His efforts helped Stanford to its first road shutout since 1974 and its first shutout victory over UCLA since 1941.
Rice, a sophomore from Moraga, Calif., was instrumental in Oregon’s 48-13 win at Tennessee as he kept the Volunteers pinned back in their own territory with four punts (41.8 yards per kick) -- which all were downed inside the 20-yard line, two at the 6-yard line. Only one of his four boots was returned and that was for no gain.
Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were running back Nic Grigsby of Arizona, quarterback Kevin Riley of California, quarterback Darron Thomas of Oregon, running back Stepfan Taylor of Stanford and running back James Montgomery of Washington State. Also nominated on defense were linebackers Mike Mohamed of California, defensive tackle Zac Clark of Oregon, safeties Joseph Perkins of Arizona and T.J. McDonald of USC, linebacker Mason Foster of Washington and linebacker Myron Beck of Washington State. Also nominated for special teams play were kicker Thomas Weber of Arizona State, punter Bryan Anger of California, kicker Nate Whitaker of Stanford, cornerback Shareece Wright of USC and kicker Erik Folk of Washington.