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October 1, 2012

Mannion Earns POW Honors

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- Quarterback Sean Mannion of OREGON STATE, defensive tackle Will Sutton of ARIZONA STATE and punter Kyle Dugandzic of ARIZONA have been named Pac-12 Players of the Week in football.

Mannion, a sophomore from Pleasanton, Calif., completed 29-45 passes for a career-high 433 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-35 win over Arizona. He engineered a 10-play, 75-yard game-winning drive in which he went 6-6 (connecting with five different receivers) for 52 yards, including a nine-yard touchdown strike with 1:09 remaining that provided the winning margin. His 433-yard passing performance represents the fifth-highest single-game total in school history. Mannion, who is the first sophomore team captain in the history of the program, has now thrown for career-highs in back-to-back games after racking up 379 passing yards against UCLA on Sept. 22.

Sutton, a junior from Corona, Calif., was a force on the defensive front, collecting a career-high eight tackles (six solo), including three sacks, and forced a fumble in a 27-12 victory over California. He wreaked havoc in the Cal backfield, notching four tackles for loss (27 yds.) and a quarterback hurry, and was instrumental in ASU's defense holding the Bears to just 285 yards of total offense. Sutton's 1.30 sacks per game average is tied for second in the Pac-12 and ranks eighth in the FBS. His 2.0 tackles for loss per game average (10 total) ranks second in the Conference and ninth nationally.

Dugandzic, a senior from Agoura, Calif., punted five times for 234 yards (46.8 average), including a career-long 70-yarder late in the third quarter that pinned the Beavers at their own five-yard line, in a 38-35 loss to Oregon State. He placed a single-game career-high four punts inside OSU's 20-yard line and served as the holder on all five of the Wildcats' PATs. His 44.9 gross punting average ranks third in the Pac-12 and 18th in the FBS.

Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were quarterbacks Taylor Kelly of Arizona State and Brett Hundley of UCLA, running backs Ka'Deem Carey of Arizona, Isi Sofele of California, Kenjon Barner of Oregon, and Bishop Sankey of Washington and tight end Zach Ertz of Stanford. Also nominated on defense were defensive backs Avery Sebastian of California, and Rashaad Reynolds of Oregon State and linebackers Trent Murphy of Stanford, Damien Holmes of UCLA and Thomas Tutogi of Washington. Also nominated for special teams play were punters Josh Hubner of Arizona State and Keith Kostol of Oregon State and wide receiver/punt returner Steven Manfro of UCLA.


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