DALLAS – Stanford inside linebacker Shayne Skov has been named the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week as announced by the Football Writers Association of America. Stanford’s fifth-year senior is sharng the weekly honor with Duke defensive back DeVon Edwards.
Skov, who was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week yesterday, helped contain Oregon’s highly-touted hurry-up offense with a team-leading nine tackles, two tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. His efforts limited Oregon’s No. 2 ranked rushing attack (331.5 yards per game) to 62 yards and propelled Stanford to a 26-20 upset victory over the Ducks, its second straight win in the series.
The Guadalajara, Mexico, native’s biggest play of the night came early in the second quarter when he ended an 80-yard Oregon drive with a forced fumble and recovery of De’Anthony Thomas on the two-yard line. The play kept Stanford on top 14-0, as the defense shutout the Ducks through the first three quarters.
Skov added two quarterback hurries and a pass breakup to complete the all-around performance.
Skov is now ninth in program history with 316 career tackles entering Saturday’s game at USC. The North Division-leading and No. 5-ranked Cardinal squares off against the Trojans at 5 p.m. (PT) live nationally on ABC.
Notes: Over the past two seasons, Oregon has averaged 327.6 rushing yards per game. In its two losses against Stanford, the Ducks were limited to an average of 130 yards … Oregon has been held scoreless in the first quarter twice in the last two seasons -- both games have been vs. Stanford … Oregon had only 22 rushing yards in the first half, against Stanford its fewest in a half since Sept. 3, 2009, at Boise State, when it was held to six yards. The Ducks ran only 28 offensive plays in the first two quarters, their fewest plays run in a first half this season … Oregon’s fourth-quarter touchdown ended a streak of 12 straight possessions against Stanford without a point … Against Oregon, Stanford extended its streak of consecutive games with a takeaway (34) with a pair of fumble recoveries. The streak is the nation’s second-longest behind Missouri (40).
2013 Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Players of the Week
• Aug. 31: Collin Ellis, Northwestern
• Sept. 7: Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
• Sept. 14: Anthony Barr, UCLA
• Sept. 21: Brock Hekking, Nevada
• Sept. 28: Shaquil Barrett, Colorado State
• Oct. 5: Terrance Plummer, UCF
• Oct. 12: Isaiah Newsome, ULM
• Oct. 19: Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State
• Oct. 26: Sam Scofield, Tulane
• Nov. 2: Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh
• Nov. 9: DeVon Edwards, Duke; Shayne Skov, Stanford