Each 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. Seven different players received votes in Week Two.
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 —
CJ Verdell, Junior Running Back, Oregon
Junior running back CJ Verdell rushed for 161 and two rushing touchdowns, including a 77-yard score, and caught three passes for 34 yards and another touchdown in Oregon’s 35-28 win over Ohio State.
His performance earned him Athlon’s Offensive Player of the Week, increasing combined season yardage total to 271 on 42 touches for an average of 6.4 yards per touch.
— Defensive Player of the Week —
Kyu Blu Kelly, Junior Cornerback, Stanford
Junior cornerback Kyu Blu Kelly made six solo tackles—seven total—defended three passes, and returned an interception 31 yards for a touchdown in Stanford’s 42-28 win over USC.
Kelly’s game-clinching interception was his second of the season, and marks the first time a Cardinal has returned a pick for a touchdown since 2017.
— Freshman Player of the Week —
Anthony Gould, Freshman Wide Receiver, Oregon State
Freshman wide receiver Anthony Gould caught seven passes for 119 yards and a touchdown in Oregon State’s 45-27 victory over Hawai’i in his first career start.
Gould’s performance earned him a 81.2 grade from PFF, second-best in the Pac-12 for Week 2.
How Our Writers Voted
|DEF||Kyu Blu |
|Kyu Blu |
Compiled List of SportsPac12 Players of the Week
|Week 1||Zach Charbonnet|
|Week 2||CJ Verdell|
|Week 3||Drake London|
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