Clayton Thorson and Joshua Kelley Selected as Week Seven Rose Bowl Game Big Ten and Pac-12 Players of the Week

Throughout the 2018 college football season, the Tournament of Roses and the Rose Bowl Game Football Committee will select players from each partner conference as the Big Ten and Pac-12 Player of the Week.

For their outstanding performances in week seven, Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson and UCLA running back Joshua Kelley were selected by the 15-person committee.

Big Ten Player of the Week
Clayton Thorson, Northwestern
Sr., QB, Wheaton, Ill.

  • Finished with 41 completions on 64 attempts for 455 passing yards, all career highs, in a 34-31 win over Nebraska
  • Tallied three touchdown passes, giving him 52 for his career, tied for 12th among active FBS quarterbacks
  • Completed passes to 12 different players in the win, marking the most in his career
  • This is Thorson’s first Rose Bowl Game Player of the Week honor and the first for Northwestern this year

Pac-12 Player of the Week
Joshua Kelley, UCLA
Jr., RB, Lancaster, Calif.

  • Ran for a career high 157 yards on 30 carries in a 37-7 win over Cal
  • Scored three rushing touchdowns, which also marked a career high
  • Became the first Bruin since 2013 to rush for 100 yards in three straight games
  • This is Kelley’s first Rose Bowl Game Pac-12 Player of the Week honor and the first for UCLA this year

Big Ten:Nate Stanley, Iowa; Ty Johnson, Maryland; Shea Patterson, Michigan; Felton Davis, Michigan State; KJ Hill, Ohio State; David Blough, Purdue.

Pac-12: CJ Verdell, Oregon; Tyler Huntley, Utah; Michael Pittman, Jr., USC.

Week 1: Rondale Moore, Purdue; JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford
Week 2: Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin; Chase Hansen, Utah
Week 3: David Blough, Purdue; Khalil Tate, Arizona
Week 4: Miles Sanders, Penn State; Ben Burr-Kirven, Washington
Week 5: Trace McSorley, Penn State; Eno Benjamin, Arizona State
Week 6: Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin; Gardner Minshew II, Washington State