Pac-12 football players-of-the-week awards are in, and they went to Oregon’s De’Anthony Thomas, Washington State’s Damante Horton and Arizona kicker Jake Smith.
The league is doing it differently this year, using a panel of media to select the three players. This week, I went with Thomas and Horton, but differed on the special-teams player. I opted for Andrew Furney of Washington State, who had a solitary kick (other than an extra point), but it was a huge one in the clutch — a 41-yard field goal with 3:03 left that beat USC, 10-7. Smith had a school-record 16 points by a kicker, but it was against UNLV, and he did miss a 39-yard field goal.
Thomas had a big day at Virginia, carrying 11 times for 124 yards and three touchdowns, in addition to catching a 28-yard pass. Horton was the defensive star for Washington State, picking off a Cody Kessler pass and running 70 yards for a touchdown, and then intercepting Max Wittek down the stretch to help seal WSU’s win.