SAN FRANCISCO - Washington State kickoff returner Robert Taylor was named the Pac-12 Conference Special Teams Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.
Taylor earns his first career weekly accolade after returning a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown in the 37-32 win at Arizona State, the Cougars first win Tempe since 2001. It was Washington State's first kickoff return for a touchdown since 2003 (Sammy Moore at Colorado) and tied for the longest in school history (Bernard Jackson vs. UCLA – 1971 and Anthony Prior vs. USC – 1991). Trailing 14-3 midway through the second quarter, Taylor's return sparked the Cougars who scored the game's next 28 points.
Taylor enters the week fourth in the Pac-12 Conference with a 27.4 kick return average. The junior from San Leandro, Calif. transferred to Washington State from City College of San Francisco this season and owns 24 tackles and three fumble recoveries on defense.
It is the first player of the week accolade for the Cougars this season and the first Special Teams Player of the Week honor for WSU since kicker Andrew Furney won the award after hitting the game-winning field goal in the 2012 Apple Cup.