Oct. 3, 2005
BERKELEY - Cal junior cornerback Daymeion Hughes, who intercepted a pair of passes in the Bears' 28-0 win over Arizona last Saturday, has been named the U.S. Bank Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week.
In addition, tailback LenDale White of USC and kick returner Terry Richardson of Arizona State were named offensive and special teams players of the week, respectively.
Hughes, a junior from Los Angeles, returned his two interceptions for 41 yards, broke up two passes and was credited with five tackles. The Cal defense pitched a shutout and limited Arizona to 13 first downs, 37 yards rushing, 169 yards passing, 206 yards total offense and intercepted three passes.
Hughes is the third Cal player to be honored by the Pac-10 this fall. Robert Jordan was named offensive player of the week after catching 11 passes for 192 yards and three touchdowns at Washington, and Tim Mixon earned the special teams award when he returned a punt 79 yards for a score vs. Illinois.
White, a junior from Denver, Colo., played a key role in USC's comeback 38-28 road win at No. 14-ranked Arizona State. White rushed 19 times for a career-high 197 yards (10.4-yard average) with two touchdown runs of 32 and 46 yards. USC rushed for 373 yards and had 631 yards in total offense.
Richardson, a junior from Corona, Calif., had a total of 218 kick return yards in Arizona State's 38-28 loss to No. 1-ranked USC. Richardson returned three punts for 111 yards (37.0), including an 84- yard return for a touchdown, and added three kickoff returns for 107 yards (35.7).
Others nominated for offensive player of the week honors were wide receiver Mike Hass of Oregon State, quarterbacks Kellen Clemens of Oregon and Drew Olson of UCLA and running backs Jerome Harrison of Washington State and Marshawn Lynch of California. Also nominated on defense were defensive backs Sabby Piscitelli of Oregon State and John Walker of USC, end Devan Long of Oregon and linebackers Spencer Havner of UCLA, Steve Dildine of Washington State and Dale Robinson of Arizona State. Kicker Alexis Serna of Oregon State, lineman Haloti Ngata of Oregon and kick returners Brandon Gibson of Washington State and Tim Mixon of California were nominated for special teams play.
2005 U.S. BANK PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Offense Sept. 3 Kellen Clemens, QB, ORE Sept. 10 Robert Jordan, WR, CAL Sept. 17 Drew Olson, QB, UCLA Sept. 24 Reggie Bush, TB, USC Oct. 1 LenDale White, TB, USC
Defense Sept. 3 Spencer Havner, ILB, UCLA Sept. 10 Dale Robinson, MLB, ASU Sept. 17 A.J. Tuitele, OLB, ORE Sept. 24 Jamar Williams, OLB, ASU Oct. 1 Daymeion Hughes, CB, CAL
Special Teams Sept. 3 Paul Martinez, PK, ORE Sept. 10 Paul Martinez, PK, ORE Sept. 17 Tim Mixon, PR, CAL Sept. 24 None selected Oct. 1 Terry Richardson, KR, ASU