Harris Earns Third Pac-10 Weekly Award

To the victors go the spoils and for Oregon sophomore cornerback and return specialist Cliff Harris, his performance last Saturday against California earned him his third Pac-10 weekly honor.


University of Oregon punt returner Cliff Harris has been named Pac-10 player of the week on special teams for Week 11, conference officials announced Monday.

Harris, a cornerback by trade, averaged 39.5 yards on a pair of punt returns, including a 64-yarder for the game-deciding touchdown in No. 1 Oregon's 15-13 win over Cal. The punt return for touchdown was his fourth of the season, tying former Cal receiver DeSean Jackson (2006) for the Pac-10 single-season record.

The Fresno, Calif., product is just the second UO player in history to win three Pac-10 weekly honors in one season, joining Dennis Dixon in 2007. Harris also took home the award after Week 1 (special teams) and Week 5 (defense).

Harris, who has set the UO single-season record for punt return yardage with 557, leads the nation with an average of 23.2 yards on 24 returns. His four touchdowns on returns also lead the NCAA and are equal to Keenan Howry's (1999-02) Oregon career record.

Despite his roles as a specialist and cornerback, Harris ranks fourth on the team in all-purpose yards with 770 and fifth in scoring with 30 points. His five non-offensive touchdowns on the year, including one interception returned for a score, are the most ever by a UO player in a single season and tie Walter Thurmond III's (2006-09) career mark.

Harris was also selected as the national punt returner performer of the week by the College Football Performance Awards for his exploits against the Golden Bears.

The top-ranked Ducks (10-0, 7-0 Pac-10) have two regular season games remaining, starting with Arizona on Friday, Nov. 26, at Autzen Stadium. The game against the Wildcats (7-3, 4-3) will be televised nationally on ESPN starting at 4 p.m. PT.

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