Washington, Crosby Earn Big 12 POW Awards

Linebacker <!--Default NodeId For Thaddaeus Washington is 1223703,2004--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:1223703]>Thaddaeus Washington</A> and placekicker <!--Default NodeId For Mason Crosby is 1221196,2004--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:1221196]>Mason Crosby</A> were named Big 12 Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week Monday. They joined Missouri's <!--Default NodeId For Brad Smith is 1336316,2004--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:1336316]>Brad Smith</A>, who got the offensive player nod, in the weekly awards.

Washington, a sophomore, had two picks in Colorado's 26-20 win over the Cornhuskers in Lincoln Friday. They were the first two interceptions of his career.

Washington also had 10 tackles, five solo, including one for a loss, to go along with two third-down stops. He earned his first start of the season vs. Oklahoma State, and has since been a steady presence for the Colorado defense. He leads the team in tackles, and is 10th in the Big 12 with 73 stops.

Crosby went 4-of-4 on field goals in the win over Nebraska to earn the special teams honor. Kicks of 37, 39, 46 and 20 yards accounted for 12 of the Buffs' points. Four of his six kickoffs were touchbacks.

With the perfect afternoon, Crosby tied the CU single-season field goal mark with 18.

It was the third time this season Crosby has earned the weekly award, his first coming after the CSU game, and his second after the win over Iowa State.

Brad Smith won the offensive award after leading the Tigers to an overtime win over Iowa State. The win propelled Colorado into the Big 12 title game.

The Buffs play Oklahoma in the title tilt Saturday at 6 p.m. (MT, ABC-TV) in Kansas City.

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