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OFFENSE: Caleb Williams, So., QB, USC

Heisman Trophy candidate Caleb Williams went 32-of-43 for a career-high 470 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 33 yards on 8 carries with 1 TD to lead the Trojans to victory over crosstown rival UCLA 48-45 in the Rose Bowl.

Williams’ 503 total yards set a USC single game record. That mark also the most by any player in the series’ 92-game history. His 316 rushing yards this year are the most by a USC QB since Troy Winslow had 319 in 1965, and he is three yards shy of the most by a Trojan QB in the last 70 years when complete records were first available (342 yards by Jim Sears in 1952; Sears played halfback but led USC in passing that season).

Through 11 games, Williams has thrown 33 touchdown passes with only three interceptions. He is 250-for-385 (.649) for 3,480 yards and has rushed for 316 yards on 88 carries with seven touchdowns. It is his second Player of the Week award this season, becoming the fourth different Pac-12 quarterback to win the award multiple times this season.

Also nominated: Bo Nix, QB, Oregon; Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah; Damien Martinez, RB, Oregon State; Dorian Singer, WR, Arizona;  Michael Ezeike, TE, UCLA; Wayne Taulapapa, RB, Washington.

DEFENSE: Bennett Williams, Sr., DB, Oregon

Williams led Oregon to a 20-17 win over No. 10 Utah with two interceptions and a season-high 14 tackles. It was his second career multi-interception game, giving him eight career picks (five at Oregon). His second interception helped seal Oregon’s win late in the fourth quarter.

Williams matched his career-high with 14 tackles, the most by a Duck this season. It was his first double-digit tackle performance as a Duck, and third of his career.

Also nominated: Daniel Scott, S, California; Jackson Sirmon, ILB, California; Sam Lockett III, S, Washington State; Gunner Maldonado, S, Arizona; Skyler Thomas, DB, Oregon State; Karene Reid, LB, Utah; Shane Lee, ILB, USC.

SPECIAL TEAMS:  Joshua Karty, Jr., PK, Stanford

Karty made 61-yard field goal as time expired, setting a new school record, a boot that five yards longer than any other field goal made at the FBS level this season.

It was the second longest field goal in Pac-12 history (Jason Hanson, WSU, 62-yarder in 1991) and longest in a conference game.

Karty became the fourth player in conference history to win Special Teams Player of the Week four times in the same season, joining Utah’s Matt Gay in 2018; Arizona State’s Zane Gonzalez in 2016; and Cal’s Doug Brien in 1991.

Also nominated: Camden Lewis, K, Oregon; Dario Longhetto, PK, California; Luke Loecher, P, Oregon State; Tyler Loop, K, Arizona.

OFFENSIVE LINE:  Andrew Vorhees, RS Sr., LG, USC

Vorhees’ pass blocking was a crucial piece of QB Caleb Williams’ outstanding performance to allow him to go 32-of-43 for a career-high 470 yards and 2 TD to lead the Trojans to victory over crosstown rival UCLA 48-45 in the Rose Bowl.

Voorhees’ run blocking allowed three different Trojans to score rushing touchdowns, He is just the second USC player to earn this honor since the award was created prior to the 2019 season.

Also nominated: Jaxson Kirkland, LG, Washington; Taliese Fuaga, RT, Oregon State; Ryan Walk, C, Oregon.

DEFENSIVE LINE:  Tuli Tuipulotu, Jr., DL, USC

Tuipulotus collected six tackles with 1.5 for loss for 5 yards in USC’s 48-45 victory over crosstown rival UCLA in the Rose Bowl.

A finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Rotary Lombardi Award. By virtue of being named a Nagurski finalist, Tuipulotu in on track to become USC’s 171st All-American first teamer.

Tuipulotu is No. 3 in the nation in sacks (1.00) and leads the Pac-12 Conference. Tuipulotu’s 11.5 sacks are the most in a single season at USC since Kenechi Udeze set the Trojans’ record with 16.5 in 2003. He is also No. 4 in the nation in tackles for loss (1.7) and leads the Pac-12.

He is the first player to win this honor four times in one season since the award was created prior to the 2019 season.

Also nominated: Casey Rogers, DL, Oregon; Gabe Reid, DE, Utah; Ron Stone Jr, EDGE, Washington State; Cory Stover, OLB, Oregon State.

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