Nov. 10, 2003
PULLMAN, Wash. --- Washington State free safety Erik Coleman pulled off an unprecedented feat Monday by earning the Pacific-10 Conference's Player of the Week award for defense and special teams.
Coleman recorded 10 tackles, forced two fumbles, intercepted a pair of passes, and broke up another pass Saturday against UCLA in a 31-13 Cougar victory. His first forced fumble came at the end of a 29-yard punt return by UCLA's Craig Bragg. The ball was recovered by teammate Jeremy Bohannon, who returned it 72 yards to the Bruin 12-yard line to set up a Cougar touchdown.
"I had a lot of fun out there Saturday and it was great to get the victory," Coleman said. "I feel very honored to win both special teams and defense. They really belong to the whole team."
Coleman leads Washington State with 69 tackles on the season and is tied for the team lead with six interceptions.
Coleman is the first in conference history to earn player of the week recognition in two categories for the same game. The Pac-10 awarded only offensive and defensive players of the week until 1987, adding the special teams honor prior to that season.
The Cougars will attempt to remain undefeated at home this year as they host Arizona State Saturday at Martin Stadium.