Cal wide receiver Chad Hansen earns Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honors

Cal wide receiver Chad Hansen hauled in the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week Award for his 12-catch, 196-yard performance on Saturday.

The Pac-12 announced on Monday that California wide receiver Chad Hansen was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week.

"It's just awesome," Hansen said of his prodigious production on Saturday night. "All my hard work has been paying off, and it may say that on the stat sheet, but this win is for the O-line. They protected Davis [Webb]. They were able to do their job all night, and I was able to get open and do my job. All the credit goes to them, honestly."

It's been a few weeks coming for Hansen, who averaged 14 catches and 175 yards in his first two games of the season, but he's finally earned the weekly honor.

"Chad had a quiet 12 catches for 196 yards tonight," laughed Bears head coach Sonny Dykes, following Cal's 50-43 win over No. 11 Texas. "Kind of a disappointing game, because we're used to him catching 14 a game." Hansen hauled in 12 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns, including the tie-breaking, game-deciding 12-yard strike from Davis Webb with 3:41 left in the game.

"It's confidence, really. It's confidence and belief in each other. Chad trusts Davis, where he's going to put the ball, and Davis trusts Chad to be in the right place at the right time," Dykes said. "That's really a big part of what this game is all about, just developing that confidence. The way you get confident is you invest and you work incredibly hard. You know that that hard work makes you prepared. Then, when you get into a situation where you have an opportunity to make a play, you're ready to make it. That's really what confidence is. We talked to our guys about that all week. We said, 'We don't need anything superhuman. We just need to play well.' We told them that if we didn't turn the ball over, we'd win the game. I guess we were right."

Hansen, once a receiver at FCS Idaho State before accepting a walk-on transfer offer from the Bears, leads the nation in receptions (40), receptions per game (13.3), receiving yards (546), receiving yards per game (182.0) and receiving touchdowns (5), and has caught at least one touchdown in each of Cal's first three games.

"Oh, he's a little bit like me. He kind of came from nowhere," Dykes said. "He's just solid, is what he is. He's just a solid guy. I think that's why Davis trusts him so much, is just because you say, 'Hey, show up at 7 o'clock,' and he's there at 6:55. He's one of the first guys on the field, and one of the last guys to leave. He's one of the most coachable players I've ever been around. He sits in meetings, asks questions, wants to know why we're doing things. It's paying off for him."

Defensive Player of the Week: Treston Decoud, Sr., CB, Oregon State
Recorded four tackles, two interceptions, two pass break ups and one touchdown in a 37-7 win over Idaho State.
• Decoud recorded his first two career interceptions including returning the second 75-yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. It was OSU’s longest interception return since Terrence Carroll’s 79-yarder vs. USC in 2000, and it was OSU’s first pick-six since Caleb Saulo’s against San Jose State on Sept. 19, 2015. 

Special Teams: Zane Gonzalez, Sr., PK, Arizona State
With his second field goal of the night early in the 2nd quarter, Zane Gonzalez broke the Pac-12 record for points scored in a career with his 416th. He would end the night stretching his point record to 424 in a 32-28 win over UTSA.
• His four field goals on the night moves him into 5th in FBS history and ties former Sun Devil Luis Zendejas for the ASU career field goals mark at 81. The FBS record is 88 by FSU’s Dustin Hopkins.
• The two 54-yarders for Gonzalez are both career longs and he was 3-for-3 from 50+ yards this season. He is the first Sun Devil in history to kick more than one 50-yarder in a game

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