Pac-10 Players of the Week

Stanford running back Toby Gerhart, UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers and California kicker Giorgio Tavecchio have been named Pac-10 Players of the Week.

Gerhart rushed 29 times for 178 yards and three touchdowns in Cardinal’s 55-21 upset win at No. 11-ranked USC. This is the second week in a row Gerhart has been selected for player of the week honors.

Ayers intercepted two passes, both of which set up touchdowns, and had two quarterback sacks among his four solo tackles in UCLA’s 43-7 win at Washington State.

Tavecchio accounted for 12 of California’s 24 points in the 24-16 win over Arizona. He was good on 4 of 5 field goal attempts, connecting from 46, 22, 46 and 22 yards (his miss was from 47 yards).

Also nominated for offensive player of the week were running backs LaMichael James of Oregon, Jacquizz Rodgers of Oregon State, Shane Vereen of California and Chane Moline of UCLA. Also nominated on defense were cornerback Richard Sherman of Stanford and linebackers Spencer Paysinger of Oregon and Mike Mohamed of California. Also nominated for special teams play were James Rodgers of Oregon State and Sean Westgate of UCLA.