Nov. 21, 2005
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Cal linebacker Mickey Pimentel was named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Golden Bears' 27-3 victory over Stanford Saturday. USC tailback Reggie Bush and Oregon kick returner Jonathan Stewart were honored as Pac-10 players of the week for offense and special teams, respectively.
It is the third time this season that a Cal player has been named conference player of the week. Punt returner Tim Mixon earned the recognition after the Bears' 35-20 win over Illinois in Week 3. WR Robert Jordan got the nod after his performance in Cal's 56-17 win at Washington in Week 2.
Pimentel, a junior from San Diego, Calif., was among the defensive leaders in Cal's win at Stanford. Pimentel was credited with five tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss (-27 yards) and 2.5 quarterback sacks. Pimentel also forced a fumble. The California defense limited Stanford to 16 yards rushing and 244 yards total offense and posted nine quarterback sacks for minus-70 yards. Eleven different Cal defenders were credited with a tackle for loss.
Bush, a junior from Spring Valley, Calif., finished with a Pac-10 record 513 all-purpose yards, the second-highest single-game total in NCAA history in the Trojans' 50-42 win against No. 16-ranked Fresno State. He rushed 23 times for 294 yards (12.8-yard average), including touchdown runs of 45 and 50 yards. He added three receptions for 68 yards (22.7), seven kickoff returns for 135 yards and a punt return for 16 yards. Bush had 10 plays of 20-plus yards, including five of 35-plus yards. In addition to Pac-10 player of the week honors, Bush has been named the Walter Camp Football Foundation Offensive Player of the Week and The Sporting News National Player of the Week. It is the third Pac-10 offensive player of the week award for Bush this season, having previously been named after Trojan wins at Oregon and Notre Dame. Stewart, a freshman from Lacey, Wash., returned three kickoffs for 152 yards (50.7), including a 97-yard return for a touchdown in Oregon's 56-14 Civil War victory against Oregon State.
Others nominated for offensive player of the week honors were running backs Jerome Harrison of Washington State and Marshawn Lynch of California and quarterback Dennis Dixon of Oregon. Also nominated on defense were backs Aaron Gipson of Oregon and Darnell Bing of USC and linebacker Will Derting of Washington State. Kicker Mario Danelo of USC was nominated for special teams play.