Peyton Pelluer garners defensive player of the week honors from the Pac-12.
Washington State senior linebacker Peyton Pelluer has been named Pac-12 defensive player of the week, the league announced Monday afternoon.
Pelluer, a 6-0, 225-pound senior from Sammamish, had a team-high 14 tackles in the Cougars’ 47-44 triple overtime win over Boise State last Saturday at Martin Stadium.
Pelluer also scored his second-ever interception and first career defensive touchdown when he intercepted a Montell Cozart shovel pass late in the fourth quarter and returned it 36 yards for a score that cut Boise State’s lead to seven and kept the Cougars in the game.
“I thought he was really aggressive the whole day,” WSU football coach Mike Leach said of Pelluer. “He had the interception that was kinda the captivating play, but he played steady the entire day. I thought Peyton honestly pounded one ball-carrier after the next .I thought he really played well.”
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The Cougars’ rallied from a 21-point fourth quarter deficit for the first time since 1984, when they came back from a 42-21 deficit to beat Stanford 49-42.
This is Pelluer’s first career conference player of the week award. Pelluer’s honor marks the first time this season a Cougar has been named Pac 12 player of the week, and he’s WSU’s first Pac-12 defensive player of the week since Shalom Luani earned the award after his two-interception performance against Oregon State in 2015.