WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- Quarterback Jordan Webb of Colorado, linebacker Michael Clay of Oregon and punter Keith Kostol of Oregon State have been named Pac-12 football players of the week.
Webb, a junior from Union, Mo., completed 29 of 42 passes for 345 yards and two touchdowns and added a pair of rushing scores in a 35-34 come-from-behind victory over Washington State. Colorado trailed 31-14 midway through the fourth quarter, but Webb and the offense racked up 255 yards of offense and three touchdowns in the final frame to complete the comeback. Webb picked up 19 first downs (3 rushing, 16 passing) and compiled a 149.0 passer rating on the afternoon. He called his own number and scored the deciding touchdown on a four-yard plunge on fourth and goal with nine seconds left in the game to help the Buffaloes to their first win of the season.
Clay, a senior from San Jose, Calif., posted 13 total tackles (10 solo), including two tackles for loss and a sack, and forced a fumble in a 49-0 victory over No. 22 Arizona. He was instrumental in limiting a potent Arizona offense to just 332 yards of total offense (the Wildcats had averaged 604.7 yards of total offense in their three previous games) and just 89 yards on the ground as the Ducks notched their first shutout since 2003.
Kostol, a sophomore from Tigard, Ore., who played in his second career game, averaged 43.9 per punt and placed four balls inside the 20-yard line in Oregon State’s victory over No. 19 UCLA. He punted seven times, including a 61-yarder late in the first half, and none of his punts were returned.
Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were quarterbacks Taylor Kelly of Arizona State and Brett Hundley of UCLA, running back Silas Redd of USC and wide receiver Markus Wheaton of Oregon State. Also nominated on defense were defensive back Chris Young of Arizona State, defensive ends Scott Crichton of Oregon State and Morgan Breslin of USC and linebackers Jon Major of Colorado and Anthony Barr of UCLA. Also nominated for special teams play were punter Jackson Rice of Oregon and placekicker Andre Heidari of USC.
2012 Pac-12 Football Players of the Week Date Offense Defense Special Teams
Sept. 3 Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA Jake Fischer, LB, ARIZ Marqise Lee, WR/PR, USC
Sept. 10 Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA D.J. Welch, LB, OSU John Bonano, PK, ARIZ
Sept. 17 Stepfan Taylor, RB, STAN Ben Gardner, DE, STAN Tom Hackett, P, UTAH
Sept. 23 Jordan Webb, QB, COLO Michael Clay, LB, ORE Keith Kostol, P, OSU
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EUGENE – Oregon senior linebacker Michael Clay has been named the Pac-12 Conference’s defensive player of the week for his role in the Ducks’ 49-0 win over Arizona Saturday night in Autzen Stadium.
Clay equaled his single-game best of 13 tackles, including 10 unassisted stops, while helping limit the Wildcats to 332 yards of total offense and 243 passing yards. Arizona entered the game ranked fourth in the country in total offense (604.7 avg.) and seventh in passing yards (357.7 avg.).
In addition to his total number of tackles, the San Jose, Calif., standout also was credited with a pair of tackles for loss, one quarterback sack and one forced fumble.
Clay first posted a career-high 13 tackles in the 2012 Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin.
It marks the first conference player-of-the-week honor for the second-year starter who leads the team in tackles with 25 stops. Clay ranked second in the Pac-12 in tackles per game a year ago (8.9 avg.).