Pac-12 Performance Awards, presented by Nextiva - Football Week 11

Pac-12 Performance Awards, presented by Nextiva – Football Week 11

SAN FRANCISCO- The Pac-12 today announced the 11th weekly performance awards of its 2022 football season, presented by Nextiva. See the Week 11 recognitions across the conference below and follow the 2022 Offensive Player of the Year Watch List here:

OFFENSE: Michael Penix, Jr., Jr., QB, Washington (Tampa, Fla.)

  • Led the Huskies to a 37-34 road victory at No. 6 Oregon, passing for 408 yards on 26 of 35 passes. Penix had 2 touchdowns, had 1 interception and also rushed for 20 yards in 2 carries.
  • Became the 4th Husky to complete 2 or more 60-yard touchdown passes in the same game, connecting with Ja’Lynn Polk on a 76-yard pass in the 3rd quarter and with Taj Davis on a 62-yard pass in the 4th trimester. The latter tied the match at 34-34.
  • The 408 yards were the 7th most ever by a Husky in a single game.
  • It’s the second time this season that Penix has won the award, which he previously won in Week 3. First Husky to win Offensive Player of the Week twice in a season since RB Louis Rankin in 2007 and the first UW QB to do so since Marques Tuiasosopo in 1999.

Also nominated: Laura’s JaydenQB, Ariz.; Tavion ThomasRB, Utah; Zach CharbonnetRB, UCLA; Damien MartinezRB, State of Oregon; Caleb WilliamsQB, USC; Nakia WatsonRB, Washington State; X ValladayRB, State of Arizona;

Check out the 2022 Offensive Player of the Year Watch List, presented by Nextiva, for more.

DEFENSE: Tuli Tuipulotu, Jr., DL, USC (Hawthorne, Calif.)

  • Once again a defensive star for the Trojans in their 55-17 win over Colorado at the Coliseum on Friday night. He recorded 3 tackles, including 2.5 for loss and 2.5 sacks. He also had 1 forced fumble and 1 pass breakup.
  • Lott IMPACT Trophy semi-finalist, Rotary Lombardi semi-finalist and Bednarik Award semi-finalist.
  • On the season, Tuipulotu has 32 tackles (17.5 for a loss with 11.5 sacks), 3 pass breakups, 2 quarterback rushes and 2 forced fumbles.
  • 11.5 sacks this season are the most in a single season by a Trojan since Kenechi Udeze set the USC record with 16.5 sacks in the 2003 season. Leads the nation in sacks with 11, 5 on the season (1.15 per game is 2nd in FBS). Tuipulotu now has 19.0 career sacks.
  • Tied for 2nd in the nation in tackles to loss with 1.8 per game, and leads the Pac-12 Conference in statistics. 17.5 TFL is 3rd in FBS.
  • 2nd time this season, Tuipulotu has won this award (Week 6) as well as Defensive Lineman of the Week 3 times this season (Weeks 2, 6, 10). First player this season to win Defensive Player of the Week twice and first Trojan to do so since LB Rey Maualuga in 2008.

Also nominated: Jacob ManuLB, Arizona; Brennan JacksonEDGE, Washington State; Simote PepaDT, Utah; Ryan Cooper Jr.DB, State of Oregon

SPECIAL TEAMS: Peyton Henry, Sr., PK, Washington (Danville, CA)

  • For the 2nd consecutive week, Henry managed a decisive and winning placement in the last minute of the match. Saturday at No. 6-ranked Oregon, Henry hit a 43-yarder with just 0:51 left, breaking a 34-34 tie and giving the Huskies a 37-34 victory.
  • 3 for 3 on field goals in the game, also making 27 and 30 yards earlier in the game.
  • 2nd consecutive week and 3rd time this season to win this award (weeks 4 and 10). 4th time in his career (Week 9 in 2021). 1st UW player to win this award 3 times in the same season since KR/WR Dante Pettis in 2017. 2nd player to win this award 3 times this season (Stanford’s Joshua Karty) and 1st UW kicker to win it 3 times in a season.

Also nominated: Antoine GouldWR/PR, State of Oregon; Kyle OstendorpP, Arizona; Nick Haberer, P, Washington State; James DjonkumLB, Arizona State; Aadyn Sleep-DaltonP, USC

OFFENSIVE LINE: Corey Luciano, Sr., C, Washington (Danville, Calif.)

  • Was the highest-ranked offensive lineman in Washington’s 37-34 win over No. 6 Oregon in Eugene.
  • The Huskies have rushed for 522 yards: 114 rushing and 408 through the air, averaging 9.2 yards per play.
  • For the 7th time in 10 games this year, the line also kept Michael Penix Jr.’s uniform clean, not allowing a sack. In fact, Oregon only made 2 tackles for the loss, for just 2 yards.
  • 2nd Washington player to win this award this season with Troy Fautanu honored in Week 3.

Also nominated: Joshua Grey, LT, State of Oregon; Keaton TicketsLG, Utah; Brett NeilonC, USC; Païton’s fearsRT, Arizona

LINE OF DEFENSE: Brennan Jackson, RS Jr., EDGE, Washington State (Temecula, Calif.)

  • Accounted for 5 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 tackles for loss and a forced fumble in WSU’s 28-18 win over Arizona State.
  • Setting the tone early, as on ASU’s first possession, he sacked Trenton Bourguet for a 25-yard loss, forcing a fumble that ASU recovered on their 2-yard line. Jackson added his second sack of the game at the end of the 4th quarter.
  • According to PFF, 4th highest pass rush rating among Pac-12 defensive linemen and 5th highest defensive rating.
  • Jackson leads the WSU in sacks with 5 on the season and is second in the TFL with 10.5.
  • 1st time this season to win this award after winning it twice last year (weeks 5 and 7).

Also nominated: Tuli TuipulotuDL, USC; Jalen HarrisDL, Arizona; Jonas ElissDE, Utah; James RawlsDL, State of Oregon; Nesta Jade SilveraDL, State of Arizona;

FRESHMAN: Jacob Manu, Fr., LB, Arizona (Santa Ana, Calif.)

  • Tied a career-high 10 tackles (5 solo, 5 assists) that led the team. Recorded 1 rushing quarterback and 1 pass breakup.
  • A member of a defense that has recorded a season-high 7 tackles for loss. Helped the defense limit UCLA QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson to 245 passing yards and 1 touchdown.
  • Held on a late practice by UCLA to secure a 34-28 win with a stoppage on a Hail Mary that fell incomplete.
  • Scored the 1st win over a ranked opponent for Arizona since 2018, and their 1st AP Top 10 win on the road since beating No. 10 Utah in 2015.
  • 2nd Arizona player to win this award this season after WR Tetairoa McMillan won it twice (Weeks 5 & 7). 1st Arizona defensive player to win this award since its inception prior to the 2019 season. 2nd week in a row a defensive player has won this award after an offensive player has won in each of the first 9 weeks.

Also nominated: Simote PepaDT, Utah; Raleek BrownRB, USC; Damien MartinezRB, State of Oregon; Jaden HicksSecurity, Washington State

Date Offensive Defensive Special teams Offensive
defensive line First-year student
September 6 Jayden from Laura, Arizona Jaydon Grant, Oregon State Carter Brown, Arizona State Brandon Kipper, Oregon State Jalen Harris, Arizona Jaydn Ott, California
September 12 Caleb Williams, USC Kitan Oladapo, Oregon State Fox Bell, Washington State Jarrett Kingston, WA Tuli Tuipulotu, USC Jaydn Ott, California
September 19 Michael Penix Jr., Washington Daiyan Henley, WA Nicholas Barr-Mira, UCLA Troy Fautanu, Washington Hunter Echols, Arizona and Brandon Dorlus, Oregon Ja’Lynn Polk, Washington
September 26 Jaydn Ott, California Laiatu Latu, UCLA Peyton Henry, Washington Ben Coleman, California Mase Funa, OR Jaydn Ott, California
October 3 Dorian Thompson-Robinson, UCLA Clark Phillips III, Utah Joshua Karty, Stanford TJ Bass, Oregon Brandon Dorlus, Oregon Tetairoa McMillan, Arizona
October 10 Dorian Thompson-Robinson, UCLA Tuli Tuipulotu, USC Carter Brown, Arizona State TJ Bass, Oregon Tuli Tuipulotu, USC Jaylen Jenkins, WA
October 17 Cameron Rising, UT Jonathan McGill, Stanford Joshua Karty, Stanford Braeden Daniels, UT Jeremy Martin, Washington Tetairoa McMillan, Arizona
October 24 Bo Nix, Oregon Alex Austin, Oregon State Joshua Karty, Stanford Alex Forsyth, Oregon Bralen Trice, Washington Damien Martinez, Oregon State
October 31 Bo Nix, Oregon Bryson Shaw, USC Jordyn Tyson, Colorado Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu, Oregon DJ Johnson, Oregon Jordyn Tyson, Colorado
November 7 Bo Nix, Oregon Christian Gonzalez, Oregon Peyton Henry, Washington Jon Gaines II, UCLA Tuli Tuipulotu, USC Jaden Hicks, WA
November 14 Michael Penix Jr., Washington Tuli Tuipulotu, USC Peyton Henry, Washington Corey Luciano, Washington Brennan Jackson, WA Jacob Manu, Arizona

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