The Pac-12 announced Monday afternoon winners of the weekly football players of the week, and they’re Oregon’s Marcus Mariota for offense, Oregon State’s Rashaad Reynolds for defense and Utah’s Andy Phillips for special teams.
Can’t say as I disagree with any of that. On my ballot, I went for Mariota, but I opted for Utah’s Trevor Reilly on defense and USC punter Kris Albarado.
Mariota strafed Washington for 24 completions on 31 attempts, a far better percentage (77.4) than he’d been averaging, in leading Oregon’s win over the Huskies. Reynolds intercepted two passes, forced two fumbles and made six tackles at corner for the Beavers in their 45-24 victory at WSU. And Phillips had two field goals, including a career-long 48-yarder, for Utah in its upset of Stanford to stretch his string of successes in 2013 to 11 straight.
Obviously, Reynolds had a big night and is deserving. My only hesitation was that (a) he took advantage of some really badly thrown balls for his interceptions, and (b) I tend to opt for guys who led a significant victory, and Reilly did that, although with relative pedestrian stats (seven tackles).