Pac-10 Players of the Week

Arizona quarterback Matt Scott, Arizona linebacker Paul Vassallo and California kick returner Keenan Allen have been named Pac-10 Players of the Week.

Scott, a junior from Corona, Calif., making his first start of the season in place of injured Nick Foles, completed 18 of 22 pass for a career-high 233 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions (Arizona’s first interception-free game of the season). He also rushed seven times for 65 yards in leading Arizona to a 44-14 win against Washington. In the first half, he completed 14 of 16 passes for 186 yards and a touchdown, and rushed for 51 yards in leading the Wildcats to 30 points and 356 yards of total offense.

Vassallo, a junior from Reno, Nev., recorded a game-high 14 tackles, including nine solo stops and his second career sack in Arizona’s 44-14 win against Washington. The 14 tackles were the most by a Wildcat since Xavier Kelley’s 15 tackles against BYU in the 2008 Las Vegas Bowl. Arizona’s defense limited Washington to 290 yards (98 rushing, 192 passing), and posted four sacks. The team’s 3.57 sacks per game average ranks second in the nation.

Allen, a freshman from Greensboro, N.C., returned two kicks for 100 yards, including a long of 61 yards. He also added a career-high six receptions for 40 yards and one touchdown (his team-leading fifth touchdown reception of the season) on his way to 140 all-purpose yards. In limited duty as a kick returner, he’s averaging 28.6 yards on five returns this season.

Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were wide receiver Marvin Jones of California, quarterback Darron Thomas of Oregon, and running back Stepfan Taylor of Stanford. Also nominated on defense were defensive back Sean Cattouse of California, safety John Boyett of Oregon, and linebacker Owen Marecic of Stanford.