Sept. 22, 2003
BERKELEY - Linebacker Wendell Hunter of California, tackle Adam Snyder of Oregon and kicker Drew Dunning of Washington State have been named Bank of America Higher Standards Pac-10 Football Players of the Week.
Hunter, a junior from Carson, Calif., led the California defense in the Golden Bears' 31-24 upset win at Illinois. Hunter had a team-high 15 tackles, nine solo, including three quarterback sacks (-26 yards) and broke up a pass. His third quarterback sack came on the final play of the game and preserved the win for the Bears as Illinois was threatening from the Cal 8-yard line. The Cal defense posted a total of five quarterback sacks (-40).
Snyder, a junior from Whittier, Calif., was a leader on the Oregon offensive line that paced the Ducks to a 31-27 upset win against No. 3-ranked Michigan. Oregon rushed for 127 yards and the line allowed only one quarterback sack against a Michigan defense that entered the game leading the nation in scoring defense (3.3) and ranked third in total defense (215.3). The Oregon offense put up 380 yards total offense, had no turnovers, and the Ducks held a time of possession advantage over the Wolverines.
Dunning, a senior from Issaquah, Wash., was perfect on five-of-five field goal attempts in Washington State's 23-13 win against New Mexico. Dunning connected on three-pointers from 37, 36, 23, 21 and 49 yards in single-handedly outscoring the Lobos. The five field goals is a Washington State single-game record and just one shy of the Pac-10 record. Dunning has connected on 13-of-14 field goal attempts this season. It marks the second time this year Dunning has been named Pac-10 special teams player of the week.
Others nominated for offensive player of the week honors were quarterbacks Derek Anderson of Oregon State and Matt Kegel of Washington State, running backs Rich Alexis of Washington and Kenneth Tolon of Stanford and wide receiver Geoff McArthur of California. Also nominated on defense were safeties Oshiomogho Atogwe of Stanford, Jason Shivers of Arizona State and Darrell Brooks of Arizona, tackles Robby Valenzuela of Oregon, Terry Johnson of Washington and Jeremey Williams of Washington State and linebacker Richard Seigler of Oregon State. Keith Lewis of Oregon, Eric Johnson of Stanford, Kirk Ylinemi of Oregon State, Tyler Fredrickson of California and Danny Baugher of Arizona were nominated for special teams play.
2003 BANK OF AMERICA HIGHER STANDARDS PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Offense Aug. 30 - Adimchinobe Echemandu, TB, Cal Sept. 6 - Cody Pickett, QB, Washington Sept. 13 - Matt Kegel, QB, Washington State Sept. 20 - Adam Snyder, OT, Oregon
Defense Aug. 30 - Mike Patterson, NT, USC Sept. 6 - Will Dertin, OLB, Washington State Sept. 13 - Brandon Chillar, ILB, UCLA Sept. 20 - Wendell Hunter, OLB, Cal
Special Teams Aug. 30 - Drew Dunning, PK, Washington State Sept. 6 - Tom Malone, P, USC Sept. 13 - Justin Medlock, PK, UCLA Sept. 20 - Drew Dunning, PK, Washington State