Jacquizz Rodgers is almost accustomed to being named a Pacific-10 Conference player of the week, but the league spread the honor around this week to some other Beavers.

Defensive tackle Stephen Paea and running back James Rodgers were both recognized for their performances in Oregon State's 34-21 victory over California this past weekend.

Paea, a 6-foot-1, 293-pound sophomore, had six tackles, three solo, including two tackles for loss (-13 yards) and one quarterback sack (-5 yards).

"He is a definite force in the interior that is hard to block one-on-one," coach Mike Riley said. "He is a very good player that has impacted our football team tremendously."

Paea and defensive end Victor Butler joked around about the honor when they spoke to reporters on Tuesday.

"I think it (the award) should have been Victor Butler's," Paea said. "The only way I got that sack was because he missed it. I did give him a hug during halftime so he came to me and said 'You're welcome."'

Butler responded: "I don't know what he is talking about, I didn't miss a sack, he just got in there."

Joking aside, Butler praised his teammate.

"The guy works hard day in and day out at practice, so it is awesome to see him get recognized," he said.

After California scored on its opening drive, James Rodgers returned the subsequent kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown. The older brother of Jacquizz Rodgers shared the special teams player of the week honor with USC's C.J. Gable, who returned a kickoff 93 yards for a score in the Trojans' 45-23 victory at Stanford.

Jacquizz Rodgers has earned the conference honors three times this season.

Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli earned the offensive player of the week nod.


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