WALNUT CREEK, Calif.- Arizona cornerback Antoine Cason has been named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week, conference commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Starting his first collegiate game, Cason, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound freshman from Los Alamitos, Calif., tallied a game-high 13 tackles, including 12 solo stops, forced two fumbles and collected an interception in Arizona's 21-3 win over Northern Arizona. Included in the effort was one tackle for loss (-2) as well. Cason's solid defensive effort led a Wildcat defense that limited NAU to just 280 yards of total offense and forced four turnovers.
With the weekly honor, Cason becomes the first player in school history to be named the conference player of the week after his first game. Cason’s POW honor is the 36th time an Arizona defender has garnered the weekly award since 1978 and the first freshman since former Wildcat Michael Jolivette took home the honor after UA defeated USC in 2000.
USC’s Reggie Bush was named the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week after tying the Trojans’ single game record with three touchdowns receptions in the BCA Football Classic against Virginia Tech on Aug 28. For the game, Bush had five receptions for 127 yards (25.4), and added 27 yards rushing, 60 yards on punt returns and 44 yards on kickoff returns for 258 all-purpose yards.
Washington State kicker Kyle Basler was named the Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week after punting seven times for a 47.0-yard average and a net average of 44.0 yards. He had a long boot of 59 yards.