Pac-12 Football Performance Awards presented by Nextiva – Week Eight

The Pac-12 today announced its 2023 football season’s eighth weekly performance awards, presented by Nextiva. See below for Week Eight’s recognitions across the Conference and keep track of the 2023 Offensive Player of the Year watchlist here:

OFFENSE: Bryson Barnes, Jr., QB, Utah (Milford, Utah)

  • Orchestrated an 11-play, 54-yard drive in the final 1:46 of play as Utah beat #18 USC in the Coliseum
  • On that final drive, had 2 completions for 9 yards and a pair of keepers (13 and 26 yards) to set up Cole Becker’s game-winning field goal
  • Passed 14-of-23 for a career-high 235 yards (long pass 53) on the night with 3 touchdowns
  • 3 passing touchdowns marked Barnes’ first collegiate game with multiple scores through the air
  • Ran the ball 10 times for a season-high 57 rushing yards and a score, finishing the night combining for 292 total yards of offense and having a hand in 4 touchdowns
  • Had 44 rushing yards and 45 passing yards during the fourth quarter
  • Utah’s 482 total yards of offense for the team were a season-high and most since the 2022 Pac-12 Championship vs. USC (533) 
  • The Utes have eclipsed 400 total yards three times this season
  • 7th different Pac-12 quarterback to win this season in 8 weeks
  • 1st Utah player to win this award since QB Cameron Rising in Week 7 of last season

Also nominated: Bucky Irving, RB, Oregon; Lincoln Victor, WR, Washington State; Carson Steele, RB, UCLA; Cam Skattebo, RB, Arizona State

Check out the 2023 Offensive Player of the Year Watchlist, presented by Nextiva, to learn more. 

DEFENSE:  Mishael Powell, Jr., CB, Washington (Seattle, Wash.)

  • Provided the key play of the game in Washington’s 15-7 win over Arizona State when, with the Huskies trailing 7-6, intercepted a 4th down pass attempt at his own 11-yard line and returned it 89 yards for the UW’s lone touchdown of the game.  Powell’s score came with 8:11 left in the 4th quarter
  • 89-yard return was the 6th longest interception return in Washington history, and the 5th longest for a score
  • Powell, a former walk-on from Seattle, also had 3 tackles and an additional pass break-up in the win
  • 1st Washington player to earn this honor since LB Carson Bruener in Week 9 of the 2021 season 

Also nominated: Shamari Simmons, S, Arizona State; Evan Williams, DB, Oregon; Van Fillinger, DE, Utah; Alex Johnson, DB, UCLA


SPECIAL TEAMS:  Cole Becker, Jr., K, Utah (Roseville, Calif.)

  • 2-for-2 on field goal attempts at #18 USC, including a 38-yard game-winner as time expired 
  • Also contributed a 33-yard field goal earlier in the 4th quarter, accounting for all of Utah’s 6 points in the quarter
  • Was 4-for-4 on PATs, bringing his game scoring to 10 points
  • Becker’s game-winner gave Utah it’s 26th final minute, game-winning score dating back to 1966 and 2nd this season. 6 have been on field goals as time expired; the last was in 2008
  • It was also Becker’s 2nd collegiate walk-off field goal (while at Colorado, he hit a 43-yarder in an overtime win vs. Oregon State in 2021)
  • 2nd Utah player to win this award this season after punter Jack Bouwmeester won twice (Week 1 & 3).  First Utah kicker to take home this honor since Jadon Redding won it twice in 2020

Also nominated:  Grady Gross, PK, Washington; Dean Janikowski, K, Washington State


OFFENSIVE LINE:  Sataoa Laumea, Jr., RT, Utah (Rialto, Calif.)

  • Started at right tackle, protecting for an offense that produced a season-high 482 total yards, including 243 in the second half as Utah beat #18 USC 
  • Part of an offensive line that allowed QB Bryson Barnes to finish 14-of-23 for 235 yards and 3 touchdowns, against just 1 sack and an interception
  • Helped the squad rush for 235 yards on the night, highlighted by a 117-yard performance from Ja’Quinden Jackson and 68 yards by two-way player Sione Vaki
  • 1st Utah player to win this award since Braeden Daniels in Week 7 of last season

Also nominated: Jackson Powers-Johnson, C, Oregon; Leif Fautanu, C, Arizona State



DEFENSIVE LINE:  Van Fillinger, Jr., DE, Utah (Draper, Utah)

  • Made 4 tackles, including a 5-yard sack, and forced a fumble as Utah beat #18 USC.
  • His sack was a 3rd down stop during the 3rd quarter, and forced USC to punt deep in its own territory. Utah marched down and scored a go-ahead touchdown on its ensuing drive
  • On USC’s very next possession after Fillinger’s sack, he popped the ball out on the 3rd play of the drive. Utah recovered the fumble and scored another touchdown on a 5-play drive. 
  • Was a force off the edge for a defense that allowed 2 touchdowns to begin the game, but settled down and forced 4 punts and a fumble on USC’s next 6 possessions (the other possession ran into halftime)
  • After allowing 100 rushing yards to USC during the 1st quarter, the Trojans had just 45 rushing yards the rest of the game. It includes -3 yards on the ground during the second quarter. USC also averaged 10.5 yards per play in the first quarter and just four yards in the second quarter
  • Fillinger now has a sack in back-to-back games
  • 2nd time for Fillinger winning this award, also claiming it in Week 4 of 2021 as a true freshman
  • 2nd Utah player to earn this honor this season with Jonah Elliss winning in both Week 4 and 5.

Also nominated:  Dashaun Mallory, DL, Arizona State; Matayo Uiagalelei, DE, Oregon; Gabriel Murphy, DL, UCLA

FRESHMAN:  Matayo Uiagalelei, Fr., DE, Oregon (Bellflower, Calif.)

  • Recorded 1st career sack and first 2 TFLs of career in Oregon’s 38-24 win over Washington State 
  • Led UO with 2.0 TFLs and was 1 of 6 Ducks with a sack
  • Also matched season-high with 3 total tackles
  • Earned a 77.9 tackling grade from Pro Football Focus, 4th best among Ducks
  • 1st Oregon player to be named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week since 2021 when the Ducks were honored 4 times (Noah Sewell x2, Jeffrey Bassa, Byron Cardwell).  Matayo’s older brother, Oregon State QB DJ Uiagalelei, won Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week in Week 6 of this season

Also nominated:  Mikey Matthews, WR, Utah;  C.J. Fite, DL, Arizona State

Date OffensiveDefensiveSpecial TeamsOffensive           
Defensive LineFreshman
Sept. 5Shedeur Sanders, ColoradoTravis Hunter, ColoradoJack Bouwmeester, UtahBrian Driscoll CaliforniaDavid Bailey StanfordDylan Edwards, Colorado
Sept. 11Bo Nix, OregonRon Stone Jr., Washington StateZachariah Branch, USCGerad Christian-Lichtenhan, ColoradoRon Stone Jr., Washington StateDante Moore, UCLA
Sept. 18Michael Penix, Jr., WashingtonShilo Sanders, ColoradoJack Bouwmeester, UtahJoshua Gray, Oregon StateZion Tupuola-Fetui, WashingtonParker Brailsford, Washington
Sept. 25Cameron Ward, Washington StateKarene Reid, UtahRome Odunze, WashingtonJackson Powers-Johnson, OregonJonah Elliss, UtahTackett Curtis, USC
Oct. 2Caleb Williams, USCEaston Mascarenas-Arnold, Oregon StateLachlan Wilson, CaliforniaTanner Miller, Oregon StateJonah Elliss, UtahOmarion Miller, Colorado
Oct. 9DJ Uiagalelei, Oregon StateLaiatu Latu, UCLAAlejandro Mata, ColoradoJoshua Gray, Oregon StateLaiatu Latu, UCLANoah Fifita, Arizona
Oct. 16Elic Ayomanor, StanfordRyan Cooper, Jr., Oregon StateJoshua Karty, StanfordTaliese Fuaga, Oregon StateSione Lolohea, Oregon StateNoah Fifita, Arizona
Oct. 23Bryson Barnes, UtahMishael Powell, WashingtonCole Becker, UtahSataoa Laumea, UtahVan Fillinger, UtahMatayo Uiagalelei, Oregon

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