OFFENSE & FRESHMAN: Jaydn Ott, Fr., RB, Cal
Ott rewrote much of Cal’s record book with his performance Saturday when he rushed for 274 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries in the Golden Bears’ 49-31 home victory over Arizona.
Ott set the Pac-12 record for rushing yards in a game by a freshman, surpassing Oregon State RB Jermar Jefferson’s 254 against Arizona State in 2018. Ott’s 274 yards rushing were the most in an FBS game since Oct. 16, 2021, the most by an FBS freshman since Nov. 17, 2018, and the most by an FBS true freshman since Nov. 26, 2015.
That total also was the third-most ever at Cal and the most by a Golden Bear freshman. Ott’s three touchdowns tied for the most by a Pac-12 player in a game in 2022 both rushing and overall, while he became the first Cal player to rush for at least three touchdowns in a game since 2017.
Ott recorded touchdown runs of 73 and 72 yards to become the first Pac-12 player with two runs of 70 or more yards in a game since 2020 and the first Cal player to do so since 2008. Ott’s 73-yard touchdown run was Cal’s longest since 2021 and the longest by a Cal freshman since 2013.
Cal’s 49 points scored were its most since 2018, while the Bears’ 354 yards rushing as a team were their most since 2003.
Through four games, Ott leads the Pac-12 in rushing yards (463), rushing yards per game (115.75), yards per rush (8.3) and all-purpose yards per game (131.5). He also is tied for first in rushing touchdowns (four). Ott leads all freshmen nationally in yards per carry, rushing yards, rushing yards per game, and all-purpose yards per game.
Ott is just the 4th player to win both Offensive Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week simultaneously since the freshman award was created prior to the 2019 season. In 2019, USC quarterback Kedon Slovis pulled it off twice (Week 2 & 11) while ASU QB Jayden Daniels also did it in Week 13. In 2021, USC quarterback Jaxson Dart won both awards in Week 3.
Ott is the first Cal player to win Offensive Player of the Week since quarterback Davis Webb in Week 5 of the 2016 season.
Also nominated for Offense: Bo Nix, QB, Oregon; Travis Dye, RB, USC; Jam Griffin, RB, Oregon State; Jacob Cowing, WR, Arizona; Rome Odunze, WR, Washington; Zach Charbonnet, RB, UCLA; Cameron Rising, QB, Utah; Jayden de Laura, QB, Arizona.
Also nominated for Freshman: Lander Barton, LB, Utah; Jordan James, RB, Oregon; Ceyair Wright, DB, USC; Carter Brown, K, Arizona State; Owen McCown, QB, Colorado.
DEFENSE: Laiatu Latu, RS Jr., DE, UCLA
Latu recorded a career-best three sacks in leading UCLA to a 45-17 win at Colorado. Latu totaled four tackles overall, including a 3.5 tackles for loss. He added a forced fumble and was also credited with a pass defended. The forced fumble led to a short field and a two-play touchdown drive for the Bruins. Latu is the first Bruin to win Defensive Player of the Week since LB Keisean Lucier-South in Week 7 of the 2018 season.
Also nominated: Eric Gentry, ILB, USC; Karene Reid, LB, Utah; Noah Sewell, ILB, Oregon; Kitan Oladapo, Oregon State.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Peyton Henry, Sr., PK, Washington
The Pac-12 Conference’s leading scorer, Henry made all four of his field goal attempts, as well as four PATs, to account for 16 points as the Huskies beat Stanford, 40-22.
Henry connected on field goals of 35, 47, 32 and 26 yards, tying his career high for field goals in a game. The 47-yarder was the second-longest made field goal of his career. It is the second time Henry has won the award, also earning it in Week 9 of last season.
Also nominated: Trent Carrizosa, P, Colorado; Camden Lewis, K, Oregon; Jordan Noyes, K, Utah; Aadyn Sleep-Dalton, P, USC; Carter Brown, K, Arizona State
OFFENSIVE LINE: Ben Coleman, R-Jr., LT, Cal
Coleman played a key role in helping Jaydn Ott rewrite much of Cal’s record book when Ott rushed for 274 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries in the Golden Bears’ 49-31 home victory over Arizona.
Coleman played all 70 snaps at left tackle and was the only Cal offensive lineman to start at the same position as the previous contest at Notre Dame. Coleman had three pancake blocks and his 93% grade from the Cal coaches was the highest on the offensive line. Cal’s 49 points scored was their most since 2018 while their 354 yards rushing as a team was the most for the Golden Bears since 2003.
Also nominated: T.J. Bass, LT, Oregon; Justin Dedich, RG, USC; Braeden Daniels, LT, Utah; Henry Bainivalu, RG, Washington.
DEFENSIVE LINE: Mase Funa, Jr., OLB, Oregon
Funa sealed Oregon’s 44-41 comeback win at Washington State with a 27-yard pick-six late in the fourth quarter. It was his first career interception and first career touchdown.
Funa became the first Duck to return an interception for a touchdown since Bennett Williams on Sept. 25, 2021. He added four tackles and assisted on a tackle for loss. It was the second straight week a Ducks player has earned this honor after Brandon Dorlus was a co-winner in Week 3.
Also nominated: Laiatu Latu, DE, UCLA; Bralen Trice, EDGE, Washington; Nesta Jade Silvera, DL, Arizona State; Sione Lolohea, DL, Oregon State; Gabe Reid, DE, Utah; Tuli Tuipulotu, USC.