Oct. 30, 2000
Berkeley, CA - Two Cal players earned Pacific-10 Player of the Week awards on Monday, on the heels of outstanding individual performances in Cal's 28-16 upset of USC this past Saturday.
Cal senior defensive end Andre Carter was named the league's Defensive Player of the Week. He registered a game high 9 tackles, including 8 unassisted stops. He was credited with four tackles behind the line of scrimmage for minus 33 yards, including 2.5 sacks for minus 32 yards. On one of his sacks, he caused a fumble which Cal recovered at the USC 7-yard-line setting up a Cal touchdown.
It was the second time he earned the Pac-10 honor as he also was the Player of the Week after Cal's opening week victory over Utah.
Sophomore cornerback Jemeel Powell earned the Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week award after an inspired performance against the Trojans. He had two long punt returns, including a 83-yard punt return for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter to give Cal it's final 28-16 margin of victory.
It was the longest in the Pac-10 this season and the fourth longest in Cal history. He also had a 44-yard punt return from Cal's own 2-yard-line to get the Bears out of bad field position in the third quarter. He finished the game with 4 punt returns for 138 yards and the TD.
Powell also made an interception in the fourth quarter to clinch the Cal victory and recorded 3 other pass deflections and had 5 unassisted tackles on the night.