Jayon Brown’s big fumble recovery this past weekend has landed him Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week honors.
In the second quarter of 45-23 win against Colorado on Saturday, UCLA’s true freshman jumped on top of a loose ball dislodged by fellow first-year Cameron Judge. The recovery gave the Bruins the ball on the Buffs’ 14-yard line. Three plays later, quarterback Brett Hundley found Devin Fuller in the end zone, bumping UCLA’s lead 21-10.
Shifted between linebacker and safety this season, Brown — a Long Beach Poly alum — has spent most of his time on special teams, becoming one of the unit’s most important players.
His is the first weekly conference award for a Bruin since linebacker Anthony Barr was named defensive player of the week on Sept. 16.
Arizona State quarterback Taylor Kelly, responsible for seven touchdowns in a 55-21 win at Washington State, won Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week. USC cornerback Josh Shaw got the defensive mention for his end-zone interception against Oregon State.