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October 10, 2011

Mitchell & York earn POW honors

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--Running back LaMichael James of OREGON and safety Lance Mitchell and fullback Clayton York of OREGON STATE have been named Bank of the West Pac-12 Players of the Week in football.

James, a junior from Texarkana, Texas, posted his third-consecutive game with 200 or more rushing yards as he piled up 239 yards on 30 carries and collected one touchdown in just over three quarters of play before leaving with an elbow injury in the 43-15 win over California. The Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week had four carries that were each over 30 yards. He became the first Pac-12 player since Marcus Allen in 1981 to accumulate three-straight 200-yard games rushing.

Mitchell, a senior from Pasadena, Calif., made seven tackles, including five solo tackles, and posted his sixth career interception in Oregon State's first win of the season, a 37-27 victory over Arizona. In addition, he recorded a fumble recovery and a pass breakup. Mitchell also made a 13-yard reception for a first down on a fake punt.

York, a junior from Bend, Ore., not only blocked his first punt, he returned it 41 yards for a touchdown to give the Beavers a 14-0 lead. It was Oregon State's first blocked punt for a touchdown since 2008 against Washington State. A walk-on, York also made one tackle on special teams.

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