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  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL

    Mannion, Addison singled out

  • WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Quarterback Sean Mannion of Oregon State, wide receiver/punt returner Bralon Addison of Oregon and safety Alden Darby of Arizona State have been named Pac-12 players of the week in football.
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  • WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Quarterback Sean Mannion of Oregon State, wide receiver/punt returner Bralon Addison of Oregon and safety Alden Darby of Arizona State have been named Pac-12 players of the week in football.
    Mannion, a junior from Pleasanton, Calif., set a school record with six touchdown passes in a single game in the Beavers' 44-17 victory over Colorado at Reser Stadium.
    Mannion completed 27 of 52 passes for 414 yards and one interception as the Beavers move to 2-0 in Conference play and 3-1 overall. He now has 21 touchdowns on the year and 52 in his career, good for third-most in program history.
    Mannion leads the nation in passing yards per game (403.6 ypg) and total offense (390.2 ypg). He is also on pace to throw 50 touchdown passes this season, which would rank fourth in the NCAA record book. The honor is the second for Mannion in three weeks and marks the first Pac-12 multi-award winner in 2013.
    Addison, a sophomore from Missouri City, Texas., returned two punts for 142 yards and a conference-record tying two touchdown returns in the Ducks' 55-16 win over California on Saturday. He returned punts of 75 and 67 yards for scores in heavy rain in Eugene and is first in the country in punt return average (36.5 ypg).
    Thanks to Addison, Oregon is third-best in the nation in punt return average (24.8 ypg).
    Darby, a senior from Long Beach, Calif., racked up two interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in the Sun Devils' 62-41 win at home against USC on Saturday night. His fumble recovery led to an ASU field goal that put the Sun Devils ahead 20-14 before the half, while his 46-yard interception return extended the lead to 34-21 and was the second of four straight ASU touchdowns in the quarter.
    Darby was also third among tacklers in the game with seven, including five solo tackles.
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