Safety award: Cam's a prevention expert

2009-10-27T00:00:00Z Safety award: Cam's a prevention expertBy Sarah Trotto Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
October 27, 2009 12:00 am  • 

Cam Nelson made the switch from strong safety to free safety this season for the Arizona Wildcats.

Based on his performance in Saturday's 27-13 victory over UCLA, Nelson is making a smooth transition.

Nelson, a senior from Dallas, was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after he registered two sacks, two forced fumbles and six solo tackles Saturday. Each of the fumbles led to touchdowns, and he also broke up a pass.

Nelson talked about his performance as No. 23 Arizona (5-2, 3-1 Pac-10) enters a bye week.

On the Wildcats' national ranking

"We're happy we have some credit being ranked, but we try not to let it get us big-headed or anything. Just act as if we weren't and worry about each game."

On becoming more of a leader

"Last year, I just played a lot more, and I let Nate (Ness) and Ronnie (Palmer) do all the talking and motivating. I guess now I do a lot more talking and motivating, just remind them we are ranked and in the spotlight and let's not be a one-week-wonder ranked team."

On his two sacks

"The defensive line played the biggest role. Xavier Kelley was one of the key elements in both of the sacks because I hid behind him on both of the blitzes."

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Pac-12 South football standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 7 2 0 0.778 10 3 0 0.769
USC 6 3 0 0.667 9 4 0 0.692
UCLA 6 3 0 0.667 9 3 0 0.750
Arizona State 6 3 0 0.667 10 3 0 0.769
Utah 5 4 0 0.556 9 4 0 0.692
Colorado 0 9 0 0.000 2 10 0 0.167

Pac-12 North football standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Oregon 8 1 0 0.889 12 1 0 0.923
Stanford 5 4 0 0.556 7 5 0 0.583
Washington 4 5 0 0.444 8 5 0 0.615
Cal 3 6 0 0.333 5 7 0 0.417
Washington State 2 7 0 0.222 3 9 0 0.250
Oregon State 2 7 0 0.222 5 7 0 0.417
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