We haven’t received the official press release from the Pac 12 yet, but University of Washington officials have informed us that Chris Polk is the Pac 12 offensive player of the week following his 100-plus yard rushing, 100-plus receiving and five-touchdown performance against Arizona.
According to him, it’s only the third best game of his career
“I would say this is number three,” he said. “I’d put Wazzu number one not only because the rushing yards, but the whole situation. We needed to win that game to go to a bowl game, plus it was the Apple Cup in their house.”
Last year’s Apple Cup was a signature performance. Polk shredded the Cougars for 284 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries. He simply wouldn’t let a solo tackler bring him down.
“My number two would be Nebraska (in the Holiday Bowl) because that was a real big game,” he said. “It was our first bowl game in some-odd years and just really taking it to an opponent that really didn’t think we belonged there.”
In the Huskies’ long-awaited return to a bowl game, Polk rushed for 177 yards and a touchdown on 34 carries against a stout Nebraska defense in a 19-7 win.
From the press release …
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.–Tailback Chris Polk of WASHINGTON, safety Tevin McDonald of UCLA and place kicker Eric Whitaker of STANFORD have been named Bank of the West Pac-12 Players of the Week in football.
Polk, a junior from Redlands, Calif., broke or tied a number of school records in the Huskies’ 42-31 win over Arizona. Polk became the first player in Washington history to have 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game. He finished the night with 144 yards on 34 carries and an additional 100 yards on four receptions. Polk scored five touchdowns (four rushing, one receiving) to tie the UW modern school record for touchdowns in a game. Additionally, he notched his 18th career 100-yard rushing game to set a new record. Polk joined Napoleon Kaufman as one of just two players in Washington history to rush for 1,000 yards in three seasons as he broke through the mark on Saturday.
McDonald, a redshirt freshman from Fresno, Calif., had three interceptions in UCLA’s 31-14 win over California. The three interceptions tied the school single-game record, and McDonald became the fifth player to accomplish the feat. Rahim Moore had the last three-interception game for the Bruins in 2009 against San Diego State. McDonald also tied the Pac-12 freshman record with three picks in one game. He added three tackles as well.
Whitaker, a junior from San Diego, Calif., made both of his field goal attempts (33 and 29 yards) and all six of his PATs in Stanford’s 56-48 triple-overtime win over USC. Whitaker was filling in for the injured Jordan Williamson, who entered the week leading the Pac-12 in scoring at 10.6 points per game.
Also Nominated (Offense): Cameron Marshall, ASU; Tony Clemons, COLO; Andrew Luck, STAN; Kevin Prince, UCLA; Curtis McNeal, USC; John White, UTAH.
Also Nominated (Defense): Clint Floyd, ASU; A.J. Tarpley, STAN; Nickell Robey, USC; Tevita Finau, UTAH;Princeton Fuimaono, WASH.
Also Nominated (Special Teams): Alex Garoutte, ASU; Bryan Anger, P, CAL; Jeff Locke, UCLA; Andre Heidari, USC; Coleman Petersen, UTAH.