Oct. 18, 2004
BERKELEY - Running back J.J. Arrington of California, safety Oshiomogho Atogwe of Stanford and kicker Alexis Serna of Oregon State have been named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Football Players of the Week.
Arrington, a senior from Nashville, N.C., played a key role in California's 45-28 win against UCLA. Arrington rushed 29 times for a career-high 205 yards (7.1-yard average) and two touchdowns. It was a Cal-record fifth consecutive 100-yard rushing game for Arrington. The Cal offense amassed 290 yards rushing and 550 yards total offense against the Bruins. It marks the third week in a row a California player has been named offensive player of the week, as Arrington follows wide receiver Chase Lyman and quarterback Aaron Rodgers in picking up the honor.
Atogwe, a senior from Windson, Ont., Canada, keyed Stanford's defense in the Cardinal's 23-17 road win at Washington State. Atogwe had a team-high nine tackles, eight solo, and intercepted a fourth-quarter pass to help protect Stanford's 23-17 lead. The Cardinal defense picked off three Washington State passes and limited the Cougars to 4-of-14 on third-down conversions and 0-for-2 on fourth-down attempts.
Serna, a freshman from Fontana, Calif., accounted for 17 points in playing a major role in Oregon State's 29-14 win at Washington, the Beavers' first win at Seattle since 1985. Serna was a perfect 5-for-5 on field goal attempts, connecting from 23, 36, 55, 31 and 27 yards. The five field goals made is an Oregon State single-game record and ties the Pac-10 record for field goals made in a conference game. Serna's 55-yard field goal is the longest in the Pac-10 this year.
Others nominated for offensive player of the week honors were wide receivers Dwayne Jarrett of USC and Demetrius Williams of Oregon, quarterbacks Derek Anderson of Oregon State and Drew Olson of UCLA and tackle Calvin Armstrong of Washington State. Also nominated on defense were end Bill Swancutt of Oregon State, linebacker Lofa Tatupu of USC, and backs Aaron Gipson of Oregon, Hamza Abdullah of Washington State and Donnie McCleskey of California. Punter Tom Malone of USC, kicker Michael Sgroi of Stanford and punt returners Justin Phinisee of Oregon and Michael Bumpus of Washington State were nominated for special teams play.
2004 U.S. BANK PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Offense Sep. 4 Reggie Bush, TB, USC Sep. 11 Mike Hass, SE, OSU Sep. 18 Maurice Drew, TB, UCLA Sep. 25 Matt Leinart, QB, USC Oct. 2 Chase Lyman, WR, CAL Oct. 9 Aaron Rodgers, QB, CAL Oct. 16 J.J. Arrington, RB, CAL
Defense Sep. 4 Antoine Cason, CB, ARI Sep. 11 Dale Robinson, OLB, ASU Sep. 18 Jamar Williams, OLB, ASU Sep. 25 Emmanuel Franklin, S, ASU Oct. 2 Spencer Havner, ILB, UCLA Oct. 9 Mike Patterson, DT, USC Oct. 16 Oshiomogho Atogwe, FS, STAN
Special Teams Sep. 4 Kyle Basler, P, WSU Sep. 11 T.J. Rushing, KR, STAN Sep. 18 Jesse Ainsworth, PK, ASU Sep. 25 Kyle Basler, P, WSU Oct. 2 Justin Medlock, PK, UCLA Oct. 9 Ryan Killeen, PK, USC Oct. 16 Alexis Serna, PK, OSU