Oct. 3, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State senior linebacker Alex Hoffman-Ellis has been named Bank of the West Pac-12 Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced today.
Hoffman-Ellis, a senior from Los Angeles, Calif., registered a game-high 14 tackles in the Cougars' 31-27 comeback victory at Colorado. His 14 tackles, included 12 solo tackles and two sacks, were a WSU season-high and one shy of his career-best 15 against Oregon State in 2009. Hoffman-Ellis had 10 tackles in the second half, with five coming in the decisive fourth quarter.
The win marked the first time WSU had rallied from 10 points down in the fourth quarter to defeat a conference opponent on the road since 1984, when the Cougars trailed Stanford by 21 and went on to win, 48-42.
The award marks the first of Hoffman-Ellis' career and the first for a Cougar defensive player since Husain Abdullah earned the honor in November, 2007. It's also the first weekly accolade for the Cougs this season and first since Jeff Tuel earned Offensive Player of the Week after beating Oregon State last season.