Oct. 27, 2003
PULLMAN, Wash. --- Sophomore linebacker Will Derting was named the Pacific-10's defensive Player of the Week after helping No. 6 Washington State defeat Oregon State 36-30 Saturday in Pullman.
Derting, a native of Okanogan, Wash., recorded eight tackles, three sacks, and forced a fumble to help WSU move to 7-1 for the third straight year. For the season, the 6-0, 237-pound linebacker has 52 tackles, including nine behind the line and 6.5 sacks.
The Cougar defense, which leads the conference giving up just 303.8 yards per game, held Oregon State's Steven Jackson to just 85 yards on 28 carries and forced five Beaver turnovers.
This marks the third time in Derting's two-year career that he has earned Pac-10 defensive Player of the Week. He also reeled in the honor for his Sept. 6 performance against Notre Dame this season, and for his three interceptions against Nevada to open the 2002 campaign, one which he returned 98 yards for a touchdown.
Derting and senior kicker Drew Dunning have both been honored as Pac-10 Player of the Week twice in 2003. Senior quarterback Matt Kegel and junior free safety Jeremy Bohannon captured the award for their performances against Colorado and Oregon, respectively.