Nov. 17, 2003
WALNUT CREEK - Quarterback Aaron Rodgers of California, cornerback Will Poole of USC and kick returner Kenny Washington of Oregon have been named Bank of America Higher Standards Pac-10 Football Players of the Week.
Rodgers, a sophomore from Chico, Calif., led Cal to a record-breaking 54-7 win against Washington. He completed 20-of 33-passes (.606) for a career-high 348 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. In addition, Rodgers rushed for a touchdown.
Cal established a school single-game record for total offense with 729 yards - 381 rushing and 348 passing. In addition, the Golden Bear offense recorded 28 first downs, had no turnovers and did not allow a quarterback sack. It marks the second time in three weeks Rodgers has been accorded Pac-10 offensive player of the week honors.
Poole, a senior from St. Albans, N.Y., played a key role in USC's 45-0 shutout win at Arizona. Poole had two interceptions, along with a deflection and two solo tackles as the Trojan defense limited the Wildcats to 10 first downs, 195 yards total offense (50 rushing, 145 passing), 2-of-15 third-down conversions and intercepted three passes.
Washington, a junior from Brea, Calif., provided one of Oregon's big plays in the Ducks' 31-13 win at UCLA. He returned three kickoffs for 159 yards (53-yard average), including a 97-yard return for a touchdown. He also had a return of 42 yards that set up another Oregon touchdown. The 97-yard return for a touchdown was the longest kickoff return in a Pac-10 game this year.