Oct. 18, 1999
Berkeley - Cal linebacker Sekou Sanyika and Golden Bear punter Nick Harris were named Pac-10 Players of the Week Monday by the conference office.
Sanyika was named the league's Defensive Player of the Week, after leading Cal's 17-0 shutout of UCLA, holding the Bruins to just 168 yards of total offense. He contributed four tackles behind the line of scrimmage for minus 20 yards, including a pair of sacks of UCLA quarterback Cory Paus. Sanyika became Cal's career leader in tackles-for-loss as the four in the UCLA game gives him 58 in his Cal career.
Sanyika has really picked up the pace in recent weeks. After just three tackles-for-loss in the first three games of the season, he has had three at Washington State, three at BYU and four at UCLA over the last three games.
Harris was named the Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week after a superlative effort in Los Angeles. He averaged 53.1 yards on seven punts against UCLA, including a career-long 69-yard punt. He also had a 60-yarder that was downed at the Bruin 3-yard-line. His average is even more remarkable when considering he was asked to pooch his first two punts of the game from the UCLA 35-yard-line (downed at the 1-yard-line) and the UCLA 45-yard-line.
Harris now is ranked No. 2 in the nation in punting, averaging 47.98 yards per punt. He now has 20 punts of 50 yards or longer this year, and six of 60 yards or longer.