Posted on November 1, 2021


  By SportsPac12 Staff

Pac-12Each week our senior football writers—Dane Miller, Nick Bartlett, Stephen Vilardo, Mark Shmor, and Mik Dietlin—select an Offensive, Defensive, and Freshman Player of the Week throughout the 2021 football season.

They submit their selections before the official Pac-12 Players of the Week are released to keep their choices independent. Six different players received votes in Week Nine.

One of this week’s selections was unanimous, and another won the award for the second-straight week.

You’ll find a tabulation of their choices and a cumulative listing of all weekly SportsPac12 Players of the Week at the bottom of the page.

— Offensive Player of the Week —
Tavion Thomas, Sophomore Running Back, Utah
Utah’s Tavion Thomas | Deseret News via KSLSports.com

Tavion Thomas rushed for 160 yards with four touchdowns—tying a single-game school record—on 24 carries in Utah’s 44-24 victory over UCLA, which all but locked up the South Division for the Utes.

It was the sophomore running back’s third game rushing for more than 100 yards, bringing his total yards to 565 on the season, sixth-best in the Pac-12..

— Defensive Player of the Week —
Nephi Sewell, Junior Linebacker, Utah
Utah linebacker Nephi Sewell | Deseret News via KSLSports.com

Nephi Sewell recorded 14 total tackles, nine of them solo, with one tackle for loss, one sack, and one interception in Utah’s 44-24 win over the Bruins.

The junior linebacker has logged 54 total tackles on the year, ninth-best in the Conference. His 14 tackles were a career-high, giving him his second double-digit tackle game of the season.

— Freshman Player of the Week —
Carson Bruener, Freshman Linebacker, Washington
Washington’s Carson Bruener | Bettina Hansen/Seattle Times

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Carson Bruener made 16 total tackles, 11 solo, with 1.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and one forced fumble in Washington’s 20-13 victory over Stanford.

The freshman linebacker has 32 total tackles on the season, 21 of them solo, and his performance in Week 9 earned the second-highest PFF grade among all Pac-12 linebackers, and the fourth-best among all Conference defenders.


How Our Writers Voted

Dane
Miller
Nick
Bartlett
Stephen
Vilardo
Mark
Schmor
Mik
Dietlin
OFFTavion
Thomas
Utah
Tavion
Thomas
Utah
Anthony
Brown
Oregon
Tavion
Thomas
Utah
Anthony
Brown
Oregon
DEFNephi
Sewell
Utah
Carson
Bruener
Washington
Carson
Bruener
Washington
Nephi
Sewell
Utah
Nephi
Sewell
Utah
FRCarson
Bruener
Washington
Carson
Bruener
Washington
Karene
Reid
Utah
Carson
Bruener
Washington
Cameron
Davis
Washington


Compiled List of SportsPac12 Players of the Week

OffensiveDefensiveFreshman
Week 1Zach Charbonnet
UCLA
Devin Lloyd
Utah
Justin Flowe
Oregon
Week 2CJ Verdell
Oregon
Verone McKinley
Oregon
Anthony Gould
Oregon State
Week 3Drake London
USC
Brendan Radley-Hiles
Washington
Jaxson Dart
USC
Week 4DTR
UCLA
Karene Reid
Utah
De'Zhaun Stribling
WSU
Week 5Jayden Daniels
ASU
Avery Roberts
OSU
Tanner McKee
Stanford
Week 6Jayden de Laura
WSU
Tyler Johnson
ASU
Devaughn Vele
Utah
Week 7Travis Dye
Oregon
Devin Lloyd
Utah
Noah Sewell
Oregon
Week 8B.J. Baylor
Oregon State
Kayvon Thibodeaux
Oregon
Noah Sewell
Oregon
Week 9Tavion Thomas
Utah
Nephi Sewell
Utah
Carson Bruener
Washington
Week 10Travis Dye
Oregon
Devin Lloyd
Utah
Brendon Lewis
Colorado
Week 11Rachaad White
Arizona State
Carson Bruener
Washington
Will Plummer
Arizona
Week 12Dorian Thompson-
Robinson
UCLA
Jahad Woods
Washington St.
Cole Bishop
Utah
Week 13Anthony Brown
Oregon
Jack Jones
ASU
Jaxson Dart
USC



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