Nov. 3, 2003
BERKELEY - Quarterback Aaron Rodgers of California and linebacker Michael Craven and punt returner Luke Powell, both of Stafnord, have been named Bank of America Higher Standards Pac-10 Football Players of the Week.
Rodgers, a sophomore from Chico, Calif., directed Cal to a 51-23 win at Arizona State. Rodgers completed 17 of 22 passes (.773) for 307 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. He also had four carries for 12 yards for 319 yards total offense. The Golden Bear offense put up 232 yards rushing and 307 yards passing for 539 yards in total offense.
Craven and Powell played key roles in Stanford's 21-14 upset victory against UCLA. Craven, a sophomore from La Quinta, Calif., keyed the Stanford defense with seven tackles, all solo, including three tackles for loss (-17), two of which were quarterback sacks (-14). The Cardinal defense limited UCLA to 48 yards rushing and 287 yards total offense and posted eight quarterback sacks (-53).
Powell, a senior from Smyrna, Tenn., contributed a game-turning play when he returned a punt 90 yards for a touchdown to give Stanford a lead it would never relinquish.
Others nominated for offensive player of the week honors were running backs LenDale White of USC, Shelton Sampson of Washington and Michael Bell of Arizona and quarterback Derek Anderson of Oregon State. Also nominated on defense were linebackers Trent Bray of Oregon State and Greg Carothers of Washington, end Kenechi Udeze of USC and corner Michael Jolivette of Arizona. Kicker Kirk Yliniemi of Oregon State and punters Tom Malone and Garth Erickson of Washington were nominated for special teams play.
Rodgers' award marks the fourth time a Cal player has been honored this year. In addition, TB Adimchinobe Echemandu was the Offensive Player of the Week Aug. 30 and Sept. 27, and LB Wendell Hunter was the Defensive Player of the Week Sept. 20.