Here are this week’s Pac-10 Players of the Week. I post it becasue I thought Cal had a good chance to be represented. I know the Bears nominated Jahvid Best for offense, Syd’Quan Thompson for defense and Bryan Anger for special teams.
If the award wasn’t limited to different phases of the game, Best may have had a better chance. HIs 277 total all-purpose yards were the best by any conference player during the opening week. But he was nominated for offense, so you have to throw out the 103 yards of kick returns he had against Michigan State.
Thompson had what was arguably the best game of his career with five tackles, three pass break-ups and a pivotal interception. But the stats don’t begin to tell the story. Thompson was a shut-down corner Saturday, made plays whenever the ball was nearby and helped out stopping the run.
Anger seemed on his way to winning the special teams award after his first three punts went for 56, 59 and 56 yards. But he muffed a snap from Nick Sundberg that led to a block and his final punt went just 21 yards.