Nov. 24, 2008
BERKELEY - Sophomore tailback Jahvid Best, who rushed for a career-high 201 yards in Cal's 37-16 Big Game victory over Stanford, has been named Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week, the second time this season he has earned the honor.
Best averaged 10.6 yards on his 19 carries in the game, which included touchdown runs of 45 and 3 yards. He also had a 60-yard dash on Cal's first drive. In addition, Best added three receptions for 35 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown reception off a hook-and-lateral play with wide receiver Verran Tucker.
Best claimed his first Pac-10 award after gaining 200 yards and scoring three times in a 66-3 win over Washington State Sept. 6. For the season, he is 18th in the country in rushing yards, averaging 108.3 per game. Best is also fifth in all-purpose yards (170.7 ypg) and 10th in kickoff returns (29.1 ypr).
Other winners from the week were Oregon State safety Greg Laybourn and Washington State place kicker Nico Grasu.
Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors was wide receiver Sammie Stroughter of Oregon State. Also nominated on defense were linebackers Zack Follett of California and Louis Bland of Washington State. Kicker Justin Kahut of Oregon State and punter Bryan Anger of California were nominated for special teams play.
Best's award marks the seventh time a Golden Bear has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week this fall. The others are: DE Cameron Jordan (Defense, Oct. 4), LB Mike Mohamed (Defense, Oct. 25), Zack Follett (Defense, Nov. 1), Syd'Quan Thompson (Special Teams, Sept. 27) and Bryan Anger (Special Teams, Oct. 4).
2008 U.S. BANK PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Offense Aug. 30 Mark Sanchez, QB, USC Sept. 6 Jahvid Best, TB, CAL Sept. 13 Mark Sanchez, QB, USC Sept. 20 Marshall Lobbestael, QB, WSU Sept. 27 Jacquizz Rodgers, TB, OSU Oct. 4 Mark Sanchez, QB, USC Oct. 11 Toby Gerhart, RB, STAN Oct. 18 Keola Antolin, RB, STAN Oct. 25 Jeremiah Masoli, QB, ORE Nov. 1 Jacquizz Rodgers, TB, OSU Nov. 8 Jacquizz Rodgers, TB, OSU Nov. 15 Jeremiah Masoli, QB, ORE Nov. 22 Jahvid Best, TB, CAL
Defense Aug. 30 Wopamo Osaisai, CB, STAN Sept. 6 Gerald Munns, MLB, ASU Sept. 13 Rey Maualuga, MLB, USC Sept. 20 Corey Hall, DB, ARIZ Sept. 27 Greg Laybourn, S, OSU Oct. 4 Cameron Jordan, DE, CAL Oct. 11 Jairus Byrd, CB, ORE Oct. 18 Greg Laybourn, S, OSU Oct. 25 Mike Mohamed, ILB, CAL Nov. 1 Zack Follett, OLB, CAL Nov. 8 Taylor Mays, FS, USC Nov. 15 Stephen Paea, DT, OSU Nov. 22 Greg Laybourn, S, OSU
Special Teams Aug. 30 Kai Forbath, PK, UCLA Sept. 6 Keola Antolin, KR, ARIZ Sept. 13 Matt Evensen, PK, ORE Sept. 20 Mike Thomas, PR, ARIZ Sept. 27 Syd'Quan Thompson, PR, CAL Oct. 4 Bryan Anger, P, CAL Oct. 11 Fili Moala, DT, USC Oct. 18 Kai Forbath, PK, UCLA Oct. 25 Matt Evensen, PK, ORE Nov. 1 David Buehler, PK, USC Nov. 8 Thomas Weber, PK/P, ASU Nov. 15 C.J. Gable, KR, USC and James Rodgers, KR, OSU Nov. 22 Nico Grasu, PK, WSU