Nov. 6, 2006
BERKELEY - Sophomores Nate Longshore and DeSean Jackson have both been selected as Pac-10 Players of the Week, the league announced on Monday. Longshore was named the Offensive Player of the Week while Jackson collected Special Teams Player of the Week honors. The Golden Bears have now collected seven weekly awards from the conference.
This past Saturday, Cal rolled to a 38-24 victory over UCLA at Memorial Stadium. Longshore had an outstanding performance, dissecting the UCLA defense by completing 20-of-24 passes for 266 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Despite two incompletions on throwaways, his .833 completion percentage is still the third-best in a game at Cal. The sophomore signal-caller threw for TDs on each of the Golden Bears' first three scores - he connected with Robert Jordan from 10 yards out in the first quarter, found Marshawn Lynch for a 24-yard hook-up in the second quarter and was right on the mark with a 44-yarder to Jordan in the third quarter to make it 21-10 in favor of Cal. In addition, Longshore directed the Bears to conversions on six-of-nine third-down attempts - UCLA had come into the game leading the nation by holding opponents to 23.4 percent on third downs. The Cal QB leads the Pac-10 in passing efficiency and in passing touchdowns.
Jackson, meanwhile, continues to assert himself as the nation's most exciting player. The sophomore returned a third-quarter UCLA punt 72 yards for a touchdown to effectively put the game out of reach on Saturday. The punt return TD was Jackson's third this year and fourth of his career, tying Pac-10 records in both categories. Amazingly, Jackson has returned just 21 punts in his career, giving him touchdowns on 19 percent of his returns. In addition to his special teams play, Jackson had three receptions for 54 yards, including a 34-yard grab in the fourth quarter to set up the Bears' final touchdown. Jackson currently has 19 touchdowns in 20 career games.
It is the third time that Longshore has been honored as the league's offensive player of the week. Running backs Justin Forsett and Marshawn Lynch have each also won the honor. Jackson joins placekicker Tom Schneider as a special teams player of the week award winner.
The Golden Bears, who are ranked No. 8 in the nation, have won eight straight games to improve to 8-1 on the season, including a perfect 6-0 in Pac-10 action. This weekend, they play on the road at Arizona, meeting the Wildcats in a 12:30 p.m. (Pacific) battle in Tucson. The game will be televised regionally by ESPN on ABC.