Vaz earns Pac-12 Player of the Week honor

Vaz earns Pac-12 Player of the Week honor »Play Video
Oregon State coach Mike Riley talks with quarterback Cody Vaz during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game with Brigham Young on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, in Provo, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Junior quarterback Cody Vaz has been named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week after leading the now No. 8 Oregon State Beavers to a 42-24 victory at BYU last Saturday in Provo.

Vaz, a native of Lodi, Calif., played his first game since 2010 last Saturday and made his initial collegiate start. He passed for 332 yards and three touchdowns, completing 20 of 32 pass attempts against a BYU team that ranked fifth in the nation for total defense. His 332 yards were the most by a Beaver quarterback making his first start since Matt Moore in the 2005 season opener against Portland State.

In addition, Vaz was selected a Manning Award Star of the Week, one of four to be a candidate for the ESPN Capital One Impact Performance of the Week (vote here) and a Davey O’Brien Award honorable mention pick.

The quarterback is the fourth Beaver to earn a weekly honor this season, a Pac-12 high, joining fellow quarterback Sean Mannion, linebacker D.J. Alexander (than D.J. Welch) and punter Keith Kostol. Vaz and Mannion are the first two quarterbacks from the same team to get the weekly Conference honor in the same season since Nick Foles and Matt Scott of Arizona in 2010.

The Beavers return to action this Saturday against Utah in a game being televised live by ESPN2 beginning at 7:36 p.m.