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UCLA linebacker wins Pac-12 offensive player of the week honors

Ka'Deem Carey, Myles Jack AP

Myles Jack, you guys.

The UCLA freshman linebacker recorded eight tackles (one for a loss), recovered a fumble and broke up two passes Saturday against Arizona, and also rushed six times for 120 yards — including a 66-yard touchdown dash that wound up being the difference in a 31-26 win.

Jack, for doing just about the coolest thing any college player has done this year, earned Pac-12 offensive player of the week honors on Monday. Alas, he didn’t win the conference’s defensive player of the week award, too — that went to Stanford linebacker Shayne Skov. Unfortunately for Jack, Skov headlined a stout defensive effort from the Cardinal against Oregon, totaling nine tackles (two for a loss) with two forced fumbles, two pass breakups and two quarterback hurries.

Jack wasn’t the only UCLA defensive player to play on offense last week, too. Noel Mazzone used five Bruins defensive linemen — including 2013 five-star recruit Eddie Vanderdoes — in a wishbone formation with Jack as the deep back. Last year, Mazzone tapped into UCLA’s defense to contribute to his offense, too.

Hopefully, that means seeing more ridiculous stat lines like the one Jack had against Arizona.

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2 Responses to “UCLA linebacker wins Pac-12 offensive player of the week honors”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 11, 2013 7:23 PM

    Didn’t read that title well enough to realize how cool a story that was.

    That’s awesome!

  2. v2the4 says: Nov 12, 2013 9:50 AM

    great effort by Myles Jack, who was asked to play RB, his position in high school, because UCLA’s top 3 rb’s were out injured, and they didn’t want to burn a redshirt on a true freshman this late in the year.

    it was a herculean effort by Jack and the UCLA coaching staff, who still have a lot of work left with Washington, Arizona St and the all of a sudden back to life USC program left on the schedule.

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