UCLA QB Josh Rosen leads Pac-12 Players of the Week

September 7, 2015

Quarterback Josh Rosen of UCLA, defensive back Justin Thomas of Utah, and wide receiver Dante Pettis of Washington have been named offensive, defensive, and special teams Pac-12 Players of the Week in football.

Rosen, the first true freshman to start a season opener at QB in UCLA history, was particularly impressive in leading the No. 13 Bruins over Virginia, 34-16 at the Rose Bowl. Rosen went 28-for-35 for 351 passing yards and tossed three touchdowns. The high school phenom lived up to all the hype in his collegiate debut, showing poise, accuracy, and command of the offense that few 5th-year seniors could match.

Rosen's longest TD pass of the afternoon, a 30-yard hurl to WR Thomas Duarte in the second half to put the Bruins up 14-6, was as good as throw as you will ever see in college football.  The pass seemed to fit into the tightest window allowable before settling perfectly into Duarte's palms. In total, the rookie quarterback found three different receivers in the end zone. Rosen’s performance also earned him the national Walter Camp Offensive Player of the Week,

Thomas, a junior DB, helped Utah defeat Michigan at home, 24-17 as his 55-yard interception off the Michigan quarterback for a touchdown in the fourth quarter was the key play in that contest. Along with Thomas’ first-career interception, the junior defensive back made four tackles on the night.

Pettis, a sophomore WR/PR, scored the Huskies' only TD of the game when he returned a punt 76-yards for a score in the 3rd quarter of Washington's 16-13 road loss to Boise State. It was Pettis' second career punt return for touchdown (at Colorado 2014).

Also nominated for Offensive Player of the Week: Jared Goff, QB, CAL; Royce Freeman, RB, ORE; Seth Collins, QB, OSU; Tre Madden, TB, USC; Travis Wilson, QB, UTAH; Also nominated for Defensive Player of the Week: Devonte Downs, LB, CAL; Derek McCartney, DE/OLB, COLO, Rommel Mageo, LB, OSU; Blake Martinez, LB, STAN, Kenny Clark, DL, UCLA, Chris Hawkins, S, USC; Also nominated for Special Teams Player of the Week: DaVonte’ Neal, CB, ARIZ; Matt Rockett, WR, CAL; Byron Marshall, KOR, ORE; Garrett Owens, PK, OSU; Alex Robinson, P, STAN; Randall Goforth, DB, UCLA.

By Staff for TheDailySportsHerald.com

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