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Colorado’s Jarek Broussard named Pac-12 Player of the Week

The running back from Dallas, Texas made an impact in his debut

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Colorado Buffaloes running back Jarek Broussard rushed for 187 yards and three touchdowns in CU’s 48-42 win over UCLA on Saturday night.

The outstanding performance was the most rushing yards ever by a Buff in a collegiate debut, earning Broussard a Pac-12 offensive Player of the week honor. He’s now the 19th player (since 1956) to gain 100+ yards in a first start at tailback, gaining the third-most in the process.

Broussard showed off his strength after missed the entire 2019 season due to a knee injury. He has as much burst and agility as he ever had, a terrific sign for his future production at the position.

Here’s the full list of Pac-12 players receiving opening week honors. Three other Buffs players were nominated as well.

Offensive Player of the week: Jarek Broussard, So., TB, Colorado

Also nominated: Tyler Shough, QB, Oregon; Jermar Jefferson, RB, Oregon State; Dorian Thompson-Robinson, QB, UCLA; Kedon Slovis, QB, USC; Travell Harris, WR, Washington State.

Defensive Player of the Week: Merlin Robertson, Jr., LB, Arizona State

Also nominated: Isaiah Lewis, S, Colorado; Isaiah Pola-Mao, S, USC; Ron Stone Jr., E, Washington State.

Special Teams Player of the Week: Michael Turk, P, Arizona State

Also nominated: Bru McCoy, WR, USC; Dillon Sherman, LB, Washington State.

Offensive Line Player of the Week: Ryan Walk, Jr., OL, Oregon

Also nominated: Will Sherman, OT, Colorado; Abe Lucas, OT, Washington State.

Defensive Line Player of the Week: Marlon Tuipulotu, R-Jr., DT, USC

Also nominated: Mustafa Johnson, DL, Colorado; Brennan Jackson, E, Washington State

Freshman of the Week: Jayden de Laura, Fr., QB, Washington State

Also nominated: Chip Trayanum, RB, Arizona State; Noah Sewell, ILB, Oregon; Bru McCoy, WR, USC.