Jeff Tuel brought home a win on Saturday and was rewarded with Pac-10 Offensive Player Of The Week honors today. (Photo via Andy Wooldridge of BtD)
After snapping a 16 game losing streak against Pac-10 opponents with a road win against Oregon State on Saturday, Jeff Tuel was named the Pac-10 Offensive Player Of The Week today. How long has it been since we've been able to say the Cougars have a player of the week? Well, it's been since the Apple Cup in 2008, when Nico Grasu walked away with the special teams player of the week award for his game-winning kick. And on the offensive side of the ball? Marshal Lobbestael took home the honors after the Cougs beat Portland State in 2008. Boy has it been a while.
Tuel did it all on Saturday, making plays with his feet and orchestrating an efficient passing game, completing 10 of 15 passes for 158 yards and a touchdown. On the ground he regularly escaped pressure, rushing for 79 yards. His legs were a valuable weapon, often sustaining drives and picking up nice chunks of yardage on both designed runs and scrambles.
Most importantly for Tuel? No interceptions and no fumbles. Woops, he did fumble after taking a shot in the second half. He did it all against the Beavers.
After a fantastic weekend, the player of the week honors are a feather in the cap of the Cougs. Huge congratulations go out to Tuel for his award winning performance this week.