Whitaker earns Pac-12 honors for special teams


Stanford junior Eric Whitaker was thrown into action in Saturday's 56-48 win over USC. He performed so well he was named Pac-12 Conference Special Teams Player of the Week.

Whitaker made two field goals and six PAT's to help the Cardinal (6-0, 8-0) win in triple overtime.

The younger brother of former Stanford kicker Nate Whitaker didn't know he would be the primary kicker until close to game time.

Whitaker replaced injured kicker Jordan Williamson at the last moment.

Williamson entered the week as the Pac-12 leader in scoring at 10.6 per game.

Washington running back Chris Polk was named Offensive Player of the Year over Stanford's Andrew Luck, USC's Curtis McNeal and UCLA's Kevin Prince among others.

Bruins' safety Tevin McDonald was named Defensive Player of the Week. Stanford's A.J. Tarpley and USC's Nickell Robey were also nominated.

Men's basketball

Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins received a verbal commitment from Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) High's 6-foot-9 forward Roscoe Allen on Monday morning.

Allen, who is ranked No. 73 overall by, strengthens a class for the Cardinal that already includes Houston shooting guard Christian Sanders and California power forward Grant Verhoeven.

He committed to Stanford over offers from Oregon, UNLV, and North Carolina.

Men's golf

Stanford resides in eight place following the first day of the Gifford Invitational in San Martin on Monday.

The Cardinal shot 371 as a team. UCLA leads with a 349.

Freshman Patrick Rodgers is tied for ninth on the individual leaderboard with a first round of 1-under 70.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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