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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Running back Stepfan Taylor of Stanford, linebacker Brandon Magee of Arizona State and placekicker Andrew Furney of Washington State have been named Pac-12 Players of the Week in football.
Taylor, a senior from Mansfield, Texas, rushed for 142 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries in two-and-a-half quarters of play, helping Stanford to a 35-17 victory over UCLA. He posted a 49-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, then added a 40-yard scamper in the third quarter that led to his second score of the game (a one-yard touchdown run). Taylor, who turned in his school-record-setting 21st career 100-yard rushing performance, eclipsed 4,000 career rushing yards on a 19-yard run on the game’s opening drive. He ranks third in the Pac-12 and 16th in the nation in rushing, averaging 113.67 yards per game this season.
Magee, a senior from Corona, Calif., collected a career-high 17 tackles (14 solo), including three tackles for loss, in Arizona State’s 41-34 Territorial Cup victory over Arizona. His 14 solo tackles are the most in Territorial Cup history, and his 17 total tackles are tied for the fifth-most in the history of the storied rivalry. Magee, who leads ASU and ranks second in the Pac-12 with 104 tackles on the year, became the first Sun Devil to log 100-or-more tackles in a single season since 2006. He plays a key role on a unit that ranks second in the Pac-12 total defense (350.8 yards per game), sacks (4.0 per game) and tackles for loss (8.83 per game).
Furney, a junior from Burlington, Wash., connected on all three of his field goal attempts in a 31-28 Apple Cup victory over Washington. His field goals came on tries of 21, 45, and 27 yards. His 45-yarder tied the game with 1:59 remaining in regulation, and his 27-yarder in overtime gave Washington State its first Apple Cup win since 2008. Furney’s first career game-winning kick capped the largest comeback in Apple Cup history, as WSU overcame an 18-point fourth quarter deficit. His 60-yard field goal against Eastern Washington is the longest in the Pac-12 this season.
Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were running backs Marion Grice of Arizona State, Kenjon Barner of Oregon, John White of Utah and Carl Winston of Washington State and tight end Joseph Fauria of UCLA. Also nominated on defense were defensive back Deone Bucannon of Washington State and linebackers Chase Thomas of Stanford and Eric Kendricks of UCLA. Also nominated on special teams were punter Josh Hubner of Arizona State, wide receiver Keanon Lowe of Oregon, wide receiver/kick returner Reggie Dunn of Utah and linebacker Anthony Barr of UCLA.