TUCSON, Ariz. - Junior Antoine Cason has been named the top Pac-10 defender for the second consecutive week, commissioner Tom Hansen announced on Monday. The Pac-10 Player of the Week honor is his third such career honor.
The reigning Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week and Jim Thorp Award semifinalist, Cason backed up his much-deserved accolades from the previous week to lead Arizona to a 24-20 upset win over No. 8-ranked Cal on Homecoming Weekend in Tucson. Cason helped keep the Pac-10’s top-rated Golden Bear passing offense in check, broke a 17-17 tie with the go-ahead touchdown on a 39-yard interception return early in the fourth quarter and finished with four tackles on the day. The pick was the third of the season for Cason, the 10th in his three-year career at UA and his first for six points. The Arizona defense held Cal to 80 fewer yards then its season average, limited it to 14 first downs and just 3-of-13 on third-down conversion attempts, all while inducing Nate Longshore, the Pac-10 passing efficiency leader, into three interceptions in the game.
Cason and the Cats will head to Eugene, Ore., for a conference match up with Oregon on Saturday. Game time is set for 1:30 p.m. Tucson time and will be shown live on FSN Arizona.