Arizona Daily Star photo illustration by Ron Medvescek and Kori Rumore

Jake Fischer played Saturday night for the first time since the 2010 Alamo Bowl.

Today, the Pac-12 Conference welcomed him back. Fischer was named the Pac-12’s defensive player of the week for his performance in the Arizona Wildcats’ 24-17 overtime win over Toledo at Arizona Stadium. 

Playing middle linebacker, Fischer — an Ironwood Ridge High School product who missed all of last season after undergoing knee surgery — posted a game-high 13 tackles, 2 ½ of them for loss. He also forced a fumble. UCLA tailback Jonathan Franklin earned offensive player of the week honors, and USC's Marquise Lee was named the special teams player of the week. 

“It’s an honor,” he said. “There are so many other things I could have done better on. Trying to improve on those and becoming the best player I can be, that’s what I’m focusing on.”

Fischer and a handful of other Wildcats played all 94 defensive snaps in the win. The linebacker said he was “a little sore” when the team reconvened for practice Sunday night. The UA (1-0) will take on Oklahoma State (1-0) Saturday at Arizona Stadium. A win over the ranked Cowboys on national television — the Pac-12 Networks has the call — could go a long way toward improving the Wildcats’ standing.

"It's an opportunity for us to play a ranked team," coach Rich Rodriguez said. "I told the team: There’s not a lot of talk about Arizona football in certain circles. If you want to become more relevant, the best way to do it is to beat a ranked team. It’s a great challenge and also a great opportunity.'"

The sports editor of the Arizona Daily Star.