EUGENE, Ore. -- University of Oregon freshman Kenjon Barner has been named Pac-10 special teams player of the week for his performance last Saturday in the Ducks' 24-10 victory at UCLA, the conference announced Monday.
Barner, a running back from Riverside, Calif., ran back the opening second-half kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, giving UO its first lead of the game at 7-3. The return was officially the second longest in Oregon history behind Woodley Lewis' 102-yarder in 1949. While Barner received the ball in his own end zone and covered at least 102 yards himself, the NCAA no longer counts additional yardage on kick returns.
Barner was the first UO player to return a kickoff for a touchdown since Jonathan Stewart scored on a 97-yard return vs. Oregon State, Nov. 19, 2005. His total return yardage on the day was 106 as he also returned two punts for six yards.
The conference honor is the second by an Oregon player this season, following senior tight end Ed Dickson's selection as offensive player of the week in Week 4.