Card nets Player of the Week honors in football, volleyball, field hockey

Oct. 18, 2011, 1:32 a.m.

No Stanford sport had a game on Monday, but that didn’t stop the Cardinal from having a busy day. Andrew Luck, Karissa Cook, Ale Moss and Alex McCawley all earned recognition from their conferences for their work this past week.

Redshirt junior quarterback Andrew Luck threw four second-half touchdowns to earn Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honors. (SIMON WARBY/The Stanford Daily)

Luck, the star redshirt junior quarterback for the No. 7 Stanford football team, was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against Washington State on Saturday, despite getting off to a rough start. His first throw was intercepted, and he had just 89 yards and no touchdowns in the first half. However, Luck turned things around in a big way, throwing four touchdowns in the second half and finishing with 336 yards to lead the Cardinal to a 44-14 win. Even though Stanford is the only undefeated team remaining in the Pac-12, this is the first Player of the Week honor for the Cardinal this year.

Cook, the setter for the No. 5 Stanford women’s volleyball team, was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week as well after leading the Cardinal to a pair of sweeps. The junior racked up 36 assists, six digs and a kill against Washington State on Friday, but her most important work took place on Saturday. Facing then-No. 2 Washington in Maples Pavilion, Cook set a career best with a .556 hitting percentage to go with 30 assists, 13 digs and four blocks. Her 11th double-double of the season, tied for the most in the Pac-12, helped the Cardinal to a surprisingly dominant sweep of the Huskies.

Moss and McCawley were both instrumental in the No. 9 Stanford field hockey team’s rout of Pacific and nail-biting road win over No. 12 California. Moss, a redshirt senior, was a force in goal for the Cardinal, allowing just two goals in two games to earn NorPac Defensive Player of the Week honors. McCawley, a freshman attacker, earned her third NorPac Rookie of the Week honor in the past four weeks thanks to a pair of assists over the weekend, including the game-winner against Cal. Moss and McCawley helped Stanford clinch the NorPac West Division title with the team’s victory over the Golden Bears.

– Jacob Jaffe

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