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October 11, 2010Quarterback Ryan Katz of Oregon State, cornerback Darian Hagan of Cal and punter Bryan Anger of California have been named Pac-10 Players of the Week in football.
Katz, a sophomore from Santa Monica, Calif., completed 30 of 42 passes for 393 yards (10th most in school history), two touchdowns (33, 48 yards) and one interception (his only of the season in 148 attempts). He also rushed for one touchdown as Oregon State upset No. 9 Arizona, 29-27 in Tucson. Oregon State put up 486 yards of offense against Arizona's defense that ranked second in the nation in total defense (230.75 yards per game) entering the contest.
Hagan, a senior from Los Angeles, Calif., had the first two sacks of his collegiate career against UCLA on cornerback blitzes, while adding an interception, a pass breakup and a team-high-tying five tackles. California defense limited UCLA to 144 yards in total offense, including 26 yards rushing to a Bruin squad that had been averaging 262.4 yards rushing per game.
Anger, a junior from Camarillo, Calif., punted five times for 252 yards (50.4 yards per punt), placing three punts inside the 20-yard line. He had three punts greater than 50 yards, including a best of 55 yards.
Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were quarterback Steven Threet of Arizona State, wide reciever Juron Criner of Arizona, running back Shane Vereen of California, quarterback Nate Costa of Oregon, quarterback Andrew Luck of Stanford, and wide receiver Robert Woods of USC. Also nominated on defense were safety Max Tabach of Arizona State, linebacker Casey Matthews of Oregon, linebacker Shane Skov of Stanford, and linebacker Shane Horton of USC. Also nominated for special teams were punt returner Cliff Harris of Oregon, place kicker Nate Whitaker of Stanford, and punter Jeff Locke of UCLA.