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Cravens Named Chuck Bednarik Player of the Week

Cravens gave USC a 7-0 lead with a pick-six in the first quarter.

Su'a Cravens grabs a running back behind the line.
Su'a Cravens grabs a running back behind the line.
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Su'a Cravens has been named the Chuck Bednarik Award Player of the Week for his performance in USC’s 35-10 victory over Oregon State last Saturday.

The sophomore led the team with six tackles, including had two tackles for a loss and a sack. However, Cravens biggest performance of the night came with a little over five minutes left in the first quarter when he read Sean Mannion's eyes on a pass in the flat, broke perfectly and intercepted the pass, taking it back for a touchdown to get the Trojans on the scoreboard.

On the second-and-10 play on the Beavers 31-yard line, Mannion threw a pass intended for tight end Connor Hamlett but Cravens ran right in front of Hamlett and took the pass to the house for a score.

Cravens actually created a second turnover in the second half, when he ripped away the ball from a Oregon State ball carrier on a pass in the flats, but the play was called back due to a facemask penalty called on Hayes Pullard.

Cravens, who has spent most of the season as the starting safety for the Trojans, has also played linebacker and leads the team with five tackles for loss. As a freshman last year, Su'a Cravens had 52 tackles and four interceptions for 54 yards.