Sept. 18, 2000
Berkeley, CA - For the second time in two weeks, a Cal Football player was named as the Pac-10 Player of the Week as Golden Bear punter Nick Harris was named the Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week after his sensational performance against Illinois on Saturday.
Harris was flawless in the Illinois game, punting 12 times for an average of 41.4 yards per kick. Ten of his 12 punts were downed at or inside the Illinois' 14-yard-line (including one that ended at the Illini 14-yard-line after a 5-yard penalty). He had punts downed at the Illini 1, 2, 3, 3, 4, 9 and 10-yard lines.
One of his kicks was a 64-yarder (downed at the Illini 3-yard-line). The average field position for opponents after his 15 punts this season is the opponent 13-yard line.
His performance vs. Illinois caused Illini head coach to comment, "If I had a Heisman vote right now, I'd vote for Nick Harris. I have never, ever seen a situation like that. He had the best day I've ever seen by a punter in my life."
Last week Andre Carter was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in Cal's opening win vs. Utah.