SAN FRANCISCO – Running back Christian McCaffrey of STANFORD, safety Shalom Luani of WASHINGTON STATE and punter Tim White of ARIZONA STATE have been named offensive, defensive and special teams Pac-12 Players of the Week in football.
McCaffrey, a sophomore running back from Castle Rock, Colo., set a school-record 243 yards rushing (none negative) on 25 carries (9.7 avg) in three quarters of action in Stanford’s 56-35 win over UCLA. McCaffrey tied the Cardinal record with four rushing touchdowns (9, 28, 70 and 6 yards). His 369 all-purpose yards (243 rushing, 4 receiving, 122 kick return) are the most by any FBS player this season and was 10 yards short of the school record.
Luani, a junior safety from Masausi, American Samoa, recorded a game-high 11 tackles, eight solo, with two interceptions and a pass breakup in Washington State’s 52-31 win over Oregon State. His first interception late in the fourth quarter was returned 84 yards for a touchdown, the Cougars only points of the second half and the first pick-six for WSU since 2013. Luani added a second interception on Oregon State’s next possession to seal the victory for the Crimson and Gray. He became the fourth Pac-12 player this season with two interceptions in a game and recorded the longest interception for a touchdown in the Conference this year.
White, a redshirt junior kick returner and wide receiver from Santa Clarita, Calif., recorded 169 kick return yards on four returns (42.5 avg), including a 100-yard touchdown return in the road loss to then-No. 4 Utah. His 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown with less than five minutes to play in the first quarter was the Sun Devils’ first since 2012, and the first for White. His kick return was the seventh 100-yard kick return for a touchdown and 10th 100-yard return (interceptions and kick returns) in school history.
Also nominated for Offensive Player of the Week: Jared Baker, RB, ARIZ; Shay Fields, WR, COLO; Seth Collins, QB, OSU; Travis Wilson, QB, UTAH; Dom Williams, WR, WSU; Also nominated for Defensive Player of the Week; DeForest Buckner, DE, ORE; Alijah Holder, CB, STAN; Gionni Paul, LB, UTAH; Also nominated for Special Teams Player of the Week: Bralon Addison, KR, ORE; Victor Bolden, WR/KR, OSU; Christian McCaffrey, RB, STAN, Andy Phillips, K, UTAH
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
Oct. 19 Christian McCaffrey, STAN Shalom Luani, WSU Tim White, ASU