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Buck Allen Named Pac-12 Player of the Week

Junior RB ran for career-high 205 yards.

Buck Allen makes a defender miss on his 34-yard touchdown run.
Buck Allen makes a defender miss on his 34-yard touchdown run.
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Javorius Allen earned his first career Pac-12 Player of the Week award, the conference announced on Monday.

Allen was named the Offensive Player of the Week after an impressive three-touchdown performance against Arizona on the road at Arizona Stadium.

The USC Trojans escaped Tucson with a 28-26 victory thanks to efforts of Allen. The redshirt junior from Tallahassee, Fla. ran for a career-high 205 yards and three scores on 26 carries. He also caught four passes for 28 yards.

Buck Allen led the USC offense to a 14-6 halftime lead, running for 109 yards on eight carries. He scored twice -- both on big runs that included him making second-level defenders each time. On the first run, Allen cut outside to the right after breaking through the line and went 34 yards to the end zone. His second touchdown run, Allen decided to go to the left side, leaving defenders in his wake on his way to a 48-yard touchdown.

Allen now has rushed for more than 100 yards in five games this season and more than 100 yards receiving in the Boston College game -- his only non-100-yard rushing performance this year. He now has carried the rock for USC 135 times this season for 781 yards (5.8 avg) and caught 23 passes for 278 yards (12.1 avg).

Those numbers are good enough for Buck Allen to lead to Pac-12 in rushing (130.2 yards per game, 11th nationally), all-purpose running (176.5, fifth nationally) and rushing touchdowns (seven, 23rd nationally). He also has a touchdown receiving. His versatility puts him in a league of his own as in the only player in the nation with 750 rushing yards and 250 receiving yards.

Washington hybrid linebacker Shaq Thompson was named Defensive Player of the Week while Stanford receiver Ty Montgomery was named the conference's Special Teams Player of the Week.