Oct. 20, 2008
Place kicker Kai Forbath of UCLA, running back Keola Antolin of Arizona and safety Greg Laybourn of Oregon State have been named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Players of the Week in football, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced.
Forbath, a sophomore from Pacific Palisades, Calif., scored 11 of UCLA's 23 points in the Bruins' 23-20 win against Stanford. Forbath was three-for-three on field goal attempts, connecting from 37, 19 and 28 yards, and made both his PATs. Forbath ranks sixth on the all-time UCLA field goals made list with 35. His average of 1.43 field goals this year leads the Pac-10.
It marks the second player of the week honors this year for Forbath.
Antolin, a freshman from Las Vegas, Nev., piled up 237 all-purpose yards in Arizona's 42-27 win against No. 25-ranked California. Antolin rushed 21 times for 149 yards (7.1) and three touchdowns, added a reception for nine yards and had four kickoff returns for 79 yards to account for the 237 all-purpose yards.
Laybourn, a senior from Portland, Ore., led Oregon State's defensive effort in the Beavers' 34-13 road win at Washington. Laybourn posted a game-high 12 tackles, including 10 solo stops. The OSU defense forced four Washington turnovers.
Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were flanker James Rodgers of Oregon State and quarterbacks Mark Sanchez of USC and Kevin Craft of UCLA. Also nominated on defense were cornerbacks Devin Ross of Arizona, Alterraun Verner of UCLA and Josh Pinkard of USC. Kickers David Buehler of USC and Jason Bondzio of Arizona were nominated for special teams play.