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Antoine Cason Named Pac-10 Defensive POW
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 06, 2006
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Arizona junior Antoine Cason has been named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today. The weekly honor is the second of Cason’s career and the second for an Arizona player this season.


Cason, a junior cornerback from Long Beach, Calif., keyed Arizona's defensive effort in the Wildcats' 27-17 upset road win at No. 25-ranked Washington State. He recorded six tackles, five solo, forced a fumble and broke up four passes. The Arizona defense limited WSU to 11 first downs, 45 yards rushing, just 2-of-13 on third-down conversion attempts, forced two fumbles and posted four quarterback sacks for minus-27 yards.


Along with Cason garnering the defensive award, Cal’s Nate Longshore nabbed the offensive honors and DeSean Jackson the special team recognition, meaning that all three reigning conference players of the week will be on display at Arizona Stadium this weekend for UA’s Homecoming game.


Longshore, a sophomore from Canyon Country, Calif., completed 20-of-24 passes (.833) for 266 yards and three touchdowns of 10, 24 and 44 yards with no interceptions.He added two rushes for 17 yards to compile 283 yards total offense. It marks the third time this year Longshore has been named Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week, having previously been honored after wins against Minnesota and Arizona State.


Jackson, a sophomore from Long Beach, Calif., returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown against the Bruins. It was Jackson's third punt return for a touchdown this season and fourth of his career, tying Pac-10 records in both categories.


            Game time for the Saturday showdown with the No. 8-ranked Golden Bears is set 1:30 p.m. and tickets are still available.

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