OFFENSE: Bo Nix, Sr., QB, Oregon
Nix is just the third player in conference history to win Offensive Player of the Week in three straight weeks, following former USC quarterback Rodney Peete, who took home the honor in the final three weeks of 1988, and former Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate, who won four in a row in October 2017.
Nix led Oregon to a 49-10 win at Colorado with two passing touchdowns, two rushing touchdowns and his first career receiving touchdown. He joined Bowling Green’s Josh Harris (from Nov. 17, 2001) as the only FBS players since at least 1996 with two passing touchdowns, two rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown in the same game.
Nix leads all Pac-12 players and all FBS quarterbacks with 13 rushing touchdowns, which is tied for the second-most by an Oregon quarterback in team history.
Also nominated: Kazmeir Allen, RB, UCLA; Caleb Williams, QB, USC; Nakia Watson, RB, Washington State; X Valladay, RB, Arizona State; Ja’Quinden Jackson, RB, Utah.
DEFENSE: Christian Gonzalez, So., CB, Oregon
Gonzalez led Oregon’s defense with two interceptions in his return to Boulder after transferring from Colorado to UO. It was his first career game with multiple interceptions, and they came on back-to-back drives in the third quarter. Gonzalez is the first Oregon player with multiple interceptions in a game since DJ James on Oct. 23, 2021.
Gonzalez added three tackles, two solo.
Also nominated: Darius Muasau, LB, UCLA; Travion Brown, LB, Washington State; Tuli Tuipulotu, DL, USC; Cam Bright, LB, Washington; Omar Speights, LB, Oregon State; JaTravis Broughton, CB, Utah.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Peyton Henry, Sr., PK, Washington
Henry wasn’t asked to do much in the Huskies’ 24-21 win over No. 23 Oregon State, but his 22-yard field goal with just eight seconds to go provided the winning margin.
The game was marked by windy conditions that even led to a 25-minute delay after some of the Husky Stadium lights were knocked out.
Henry is 12-for-14 on field goals and 39-for-39 on extra points this season. It his the second time this season he has won the award and the third time in his career.
Also nominated: Luke Loecher, P, Oregon State; Nick Haberer, P, Washington State; Jack Bouwmeester, P, Utah.
OFFENSIVE LINE: Jon Gaines II, Sr., RG, UCLA
Gaines II led a productive offensive line performance in a win against Arizona State as the Bruins racked up over 400 yards of rushing offense for the first time since 2010.
UCLA ran 42 times for 402 yards for an average of 9.6 yards per carry in its victory over the Sun Devils. The Bruins were just two yards shy of producing three 100-yard rushers in a game for the first time since 1969. UCLA racked up 571 yards of total offense and averaged 9.2 yards per play.
Also nominated: Konner Gomness, C, Washington State; Sataoa Laumea, RT, Utah; Ryan Walk, C/RG/LG, Oregon; Jonah Monheim, RG, USC; Jaxson Kirkland, LG, Washington.
DEFENSE LINE: Tuli Tuipulotu, Jr., DL, USC
Tuipulotu continued to be a disruptive force on the Trojan defensive line in USC’s 41-35 victory against California. He recorded 4 tackles, with 2.5 for loss of 11 yards, and two sacks for 10 yards.
Tuipulotu leads the nation in sacks with 9.0 on the season (1.00 per game). He is also currently No. 4 in the nation in tackles for loss with 1.7 per game, which also leads the Pac-12 Conference.
The Trojans’ 8-1 start is USC’s best since the 2008 team started 8-1 and went on to finish 12-1 and defeat Penn State in the Rose Bowl.
It is the third time this season Tuipulotu has won the award, also claiming it in Week 2 and Week 6.
Also nominated: Jonah Eliss, DE, Utah; Brennan Jackson, EDGE, Washington State; Keyon Ware-Hudson, DT, Oregon