Robert Woods, Desmond Trufant, and Eric Folk Earn Pac-12 Player of the Week Honors

September 5, 2011

Wide receiver Robert Woods of USC, linebacker Desmond Trufant of Washington, and kicker Erik Folk of Washington have been named Pac-12 Players of the Week in football.

Woods, a sophomore, grabbed a school-record 17 balls for 177 yards and 3 touchdowns, in leading 25th-ranked USC to a 19-17 home win over Minnesota. The 17 receptions eclipsed Johnnie Morton’s school mark of 15 catches set in 1993. In fact, Woods' 17 grabs were only two shy of the conference record.

Had Woods only played the first half, he might have still earned the award, as all three of his touchdowns came in the first 30 minutes. He also returned three kickoffs for 73 yards.

Trufant, a junior, had a career-high 11 tackles in the Huskies' 30-27 win over reigning NCAA FCS champion Eastern Washington.

Trufant also had perhaps the most important play of the game, as he intercepted a pass in the end zone with just 29 seconds remaining in the final quarter to seal the win. In addition, Trufant forced a fumble that was recovered by UW in the first quarter.

Folk, a senior, was a perfect 3-for-3 on field goals in the Huskies' 30-27 win. All three of Folks' field goals came from outside of 40 yards, as he hit from 53, 47 and 40 yards. His 53-yarder was one yard shy of his career best.

Other nominees on offense included Nick Foles of Arizona; Brock Osweiler of Arizona State; Andrew Luck of Stanford; Marshall Lobbestael of Washington State; Malcolm Agnew of Oregon State; John White of Utah; Chris Polk of Washington; Marvin Jones of Cal; Paul Richardson of Colorado; and tight end Joseph Fauria of UCLA.

Other nominees on defense included C.J. Parish of Arizona; Vontaze Burfict of Arizona State; Mychal Kendricks of California; Shayne Skov of Stanford; Brian Blechen of Utah; Alex Hoffman-Ellis of Washington State; and Torin Harris of USC.

Special teams nominees were Jamal Miles of Arizona State; Matt Kalil of USC; Jordan Williamson of Stanford; and Coleman Petersen of Utah.

By Staff of The Daily Sports Herald

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