PAC-12 ANNOUNCES FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
SAN FRANCISCO – Running back Devontae Booker of UTAH, linebacker Travis Feeney of WASHINGTON and punter Tom Hackett of UTAH have been named offensive, defensive and special teams Pac-12 Players of the Week in football.
Booker, a senior running back from Sacramento, Calif., led Utah with 267 all-purpose yards in the 30-24 win over California. His 267 yards from scrimmage are the most by a player in the NCAA against a ranked team this year. Booker rushed for a season-high 222 yards with two touchdowns on 34 carries, averaging 6.5 yards per carry and also had four receptions for 45 yards. Booker’s 34 carries are the most in a game in the Conference this season. He scored Utah’s first touchdown on a 40-yard run with 1:18 left in the first quarter, and his four-yard touchdown in the second quarter gave the Utes a 24-10 lead.
Feeney, a senior linebacker from Richmond, Calif., led a Husky defense that held No. 17 USC to 12 points and 345 yards total offense in the Huskies’ 17-12 victory over the Trojans in Los Angeles. Feeney finished the game with seven total tackles, including three and a half tackles for loss and two and a half quarterback sacks. He had a half-sack on the first play of the game and another sack on a key third-down late in the third quarter that forced a USC punt. Feeney’s third sack came on a fourth-quarter drive, third-down play that forced USC to attempt a field goal that ultimately hit the crossbar and fell short. The Husky defense held USC to 1-of-13 on third-down conversions.
Hackett, a senior punter from Melbourne, Australia, earned his second league weekly accolade of the season after he averaged 50.8 yards on four punts for 203 yards in the 30-24 win over California. He placed two punts inside the 10-yard line. Cal had one punt return for no yards, and its average starting field position following a punt was the 15-yard line. Hackett’s final punt of the game for 51 yards was downed at the five-yard line with 4:52 remaining, forcing Cal to start its final drive deep in its own territory.
Also nominated for Offensive Player of the Week: Mike Bercovici, QB, ASU; Royce Freeman, RB, ORE; Myles Gaskin, TB, WASH; Luke Falk, QB, WSU; Also nominated for Defensive Player of the Week; Antonio Longino, LB, ASU; Kyle Kragen, DE, CAL; Cameron Smith, LB, USC; Gionni Paul, LB, UTAH; Also nominated for Special Teams Player of the Week: Zane Gonzales, PK, ASU; Nick Porebski, OSU; Korey Durkee, P, WASH
2015 Pac-12 Players of the Week
Week Offensive Defensive Special Teams
Sept. 7 Josh Rosen, UCLA Justin Thomas, UTAH Dante Pettis, WASH
Sept. 14 Luke Falk, WSU Gionni Paul, UTAH Bralon Addison, ORE
Sept. 21 Kevin Hogan, STAN Kenneth Olugbode, COLO Cory Butler-Byrd, UTAH
Sept. 28 Travis Wilson, UTAH Kyle Kragen, CAL Tom Hackett, UTAH
Oct. 5 Mike Bercovici, ASU Stefan McClure, CAL Matt Haack, ASU
Oct. 12 Devontae Booker, UTAH Travis Feeney, WASH Tom Hackett, UTAH