Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel, California linebacker Mike Mohamed and Oregon punt returner Cliff Harris have been named Pac-10 Players of the Week.
Tuel, a sophomore from Fresno, Calif., threw for 157 yards and rushed 18 times for a career-high 79 yards to lead the Cougars to a 31-14 upset at Oregon State. Tuel helped WSU snap a 16-game conference winless streak dating back to the end of the 2008 season and also earned WSU’s first road win since the end of the 2007 season. Tuel completed 10 of 15 passes for 157 yards and no interceptions, including a 33-yard touchdown pass to Marquess Wilson that put the Cougars ahead 21-0 early in the third quarter. WSU converted 10 of 17 opportunities on third down, with Tuel accounting for seven of those, four on the ground and three through the air. He also engineered an offense that controlled the ball for more than 40 minutes of the game.
Mohamed, a senior from Brawley, Calif., established a career-high with 16 tackles, while also adding a sack in the 15-13 loss to Oregon. He guided a Bears defense that limited the nation’s top offense to 15 points and 307 total yards, well below their nationa-leading averages of 54.7 points and 567.2 yards entering the game.
Harris, a sophomore from Fresno, Calif., returned a punt 64 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter to provide the Ducks a lead it would never relinquish in a 15-13 win at California. It was his fourth punt return for a score on the season, which ties a Pac-10 record set by California’s DeSean Jackson in 2006.
Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were running back Shane Vereen of California, quarterback Andrew Luck of Stanford and running back Marc Tyler of USC. Also nominated on defense were linebacker Oliver Aaron of Arizona State, linebacker Talmadge Jackson III of Oregon, linebacker Shayne Skov of Stanford and cornerback Shareece Wright of USC. Also nominated on special teams was quarterback Mitch Mustain of USC.