PAC 12 FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
September 3, 2012INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Running back Johnathan Franklin of UCLA, linebacker Jake Fischer of ARIZONA and kick returner Marqise Lee of USC have been named Pac-12 Players of the Week in football.
Franklin, a senior from Los Angeles, Calif., rushed for 214 yards on 15 carries (14.3 average) and tied his career high with three touchdowns in a 49-24 win at Rice. His three touchdowns came on runs of 74, 78 and 22 yards. He became the first UCLA back to record two runs of 72 yards or longer in a game and the fourth Bruin to log multiple 200-yard rushing performances. With 2,883 rushing yards in his career, Franklin is 32 yards shy of taking over 7th place on UCLA’s all-time rushing list.
Fischer, a junior from Oro Valley, Ariz., recorded career highs in tackles (13) and tackles for loss (2.5) and logged the first forced fumble of his career in Arizona’s 24-17 overtime win over Toledo. The Arizona defense allowed just three points and 132 yards of offense in the second half, while holding the Rockets to an 0-7 rate on third downs. Nine of Fischer’s 13 tackles were solo stops.
Lee, a sophomore from Inglewood, Calif., racked up 297 all-purpose yards, including a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, in USC’s 49-10 win over Hawai'i. Lee, whose touchdown came on his only return of the day, became just the second Trojan to register a 100-yard scoring return on a kickoff. In addition, he had 10 receptions for 197 yards.
Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were running backs Marion Grice of Arizona State and John White of Utah and quarterbacks Matt Scott of Arizona, Marcus Mariota of Oregon and Matt Barkley of USC. Also nominated on defense were linebackers Brandon Magee of Arizona State, Brennan Scarlett of California, Derrick Webb of Colorado and Hayes Pullard of USC, defensive ends Datone Jones of UCLA and Joe Kruger of Utah and defensive back Usua Amanam of Stanford. Also nominated for special teams play were punters Josh Hubner of Arizona State, Jeff Locke of UCLA and Sean Sellwood of Utah and kicker Jordan Williamson of Stanford.