Barner's burner at USC earns him Pac-12 Player of the Week
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- University of Oregon running back Kenjon Barner was named National Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation and Pac-12 Player of the Week (offense), following his record-setting day against USC.
Barner, a senior from Riverside, Calif., rushed for a school-record 321 yards on 38 carries (8.4 average) and five touchdowns as the second-ranked Ducks defeated No. 18 USC, 62-51. His five rushing touchdowns, which came on runs of 27, 5, 9. 5 and 22 yards, tied the Pac-12 single-game record. Additionally, his 321 rushing yards represent the fourth-highest single-game total in conference history and are the most ever allowed by USC.
Barner has rushed for 100 yards or more in five straight games. He leads the Pac-12 and ranks second in the FBS in rushing (143.89 ypg), and his 13.33 scoring average is tied for the national lead.
The Pac-12 weekly honor was the third of Barner's career. Oregon's third all-time leading rusher (3,151 yards) earned the award on special teams vs. UCLA as a freshman in 2009 and on offense vs. Nevada in 2010.
Last week, Barner and sophomore all-purpose standout De'Anthony Thomas were named two of 16 players selected as semifinalists for the 76th Maxwell Award, given to the collegiate football player of the year as chosen by the Maxwell Football Club national selection committee.
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- Running back Kenjon Barner of Oregon, linebacker Eric Kendricks of UCLA and wide receiver/kick returner Reggie Dunn of Utah have been named Pac-12 Players of the Week in football.
Barner, a senior from Riverside, Calif., rushed for a school-record 321 yards on 38 carries (8.4 average) and five touchdowns as the Ducks defeated USC, 62-51. His five rushing touchdowns, which came on runs of 27, 5, 9. 5 and 22 yards, tied the Pac-12 single-game record. Additionally, his 321 rushing yards represent the fourth-highest single-game total in Conference history and are the most ever allowed by USC. Barner, who was named the Walter Camp Foundation's National Offensive Player of the Week, has rushed for 100 yards or more in five straight games. He leads the Pac-12 and ranks second in the FBS in rushing (143.89 ypg), and his 13.33 scoring average is tied for the national lead.
Kendricks, a sophomore from Fresno, Calif., collected 13 tackles, including seven in the third quarter, to help the Bruins to a 66-10 win over Arizona. UCLA held the nation's fourth-ranked offense to just 257 yards of total offense, 296 yards below its season average. He registered a career high two sacks (-13 yards) and helped limit Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey who entered the game averaging 120.1 yards per game, to just 54 yards rushing. He also forced a fumble in the third quarter that set up a UCLA touchdown on the next play. Kendricks leads the Pac-12 and ranks 25th in the FBS in tackles per game (9.67).
Dunn, a senior from Compton, Calif., returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown in a 49-6 win over Washington State to earn a second-consecutive Pac-12 special teams player of the week honor. It was his third 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in four attempts in the last two weeks. He also caught two passes for 15 yards and rushed twice for 15 yards. He now owns the NCAA record for career 100-yard kickoff returns with four. He also set a Utah record for career kickoff returns for touchdowns (4) and set a school single-season record for kickoff return touchdowns (3). Last week against California, Dunn set the NCAA record for kick return average in a game (74.0), returning three kicks for 222 yards, and he set a school record for kickoff return touchdowns in a game.
Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were quarterback Matt Barkley of USC, running backs C.J. Anderson of California, Johnathan Franklin of UCLA, John White of Utah and Bishop Sankey of Washington and wide receiver Markus Wheaton of Oregon State. Also nominated on defense were defensive backs Reggie Topps of Utah and Shaq Thompson of Washington, linebacker Nick Forbes of California and defensive end Scott Crichton of Oregon State. Also nominated on special teams were punters Josh Hubner of Arizona State and Jeff Locke of UCLA, placekicker Trevor Romaine of Oregon State and wide receiver/kickoff returner Marqise Lee of USC.