Arizona Wildcats football: Denker named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week

2013-10-28T12:36:00Z Arizona Wildcats football: Denker named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the WeekDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
October 28, 2013 12:36 pm  • 

B.J. Denker was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week today.

It’s the second straight week an Arizona player has won the award. Running back Ka’Deem Carey was honored last week.

Denker had 457 yards of total offense in the UA’s 44-20 win over Colorado on Saturday. The senior rushed for 192 yards on 15 carries, averaging 12.8 yards per rush.

He also went 21 for 32 in the air for 265 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Denker accounted for eight plays that gained 20 or more yards, including six pass completions and two rushes.

His 457 yards of total offense are the sixth-most in school single-game history.

Denker’s 192 rushing yards are believed to be a school record by a quarterback.

It’s the first time this season Denker has been honored by the league.

Stanford linebacker Trent Murphy was named the Defensive Player of the Week. Washington punter/kicker Travis Coons was honored as the Special Teams Player of the Week.

Denker’s award marks the fourth time this season an Arizona player has been recognized by the Pac-12. Safety Tra’Mayne Bondurant won the defensive award after week one and kicker Jake Smith took home the special teams honor after the UA’s win over UNLV. Carey, of course, won the offensive award last week following his performance against Utah.

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