ATLANTA -- University of Oregon free safety Matthew Harper has been named National Defensive Player of the Week by the Master Coaches Survey, MCS officials announced Wednesday.
Harper, a senior from Union City, Calif., picked off a pair of passes in Oregon's 24-17 win over USC last Saturday, helping the Ducks climb into the top five in the national polls and setting up this weekend's showdown against Arizona State for control of the Pac-10 race.
Harper’s first interception came from a pass near the end of the third quarter and he returned it 27 yards. Oregon went on to score on Jonathan Stewart's 1-yard run to make it 24-10. Down by a touchdown in the fourth quarter, the Trojans were on the march as the game was winding down. USC advanced to the Oregon 33 on their final drive when Harper made his second interception, which preserved the victory.
For his stellar play, Harper was awarded the “MCS Nike Game Ball” for the National Defensive Player of the Week.
Each week during the 2007 college football season, the 17 Master Football Coaches will award an MCS Nike Game Ball to the respective schools of a National Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Player of the Week. The Master Coaches will also present a game ball to the offensive and defensive coordinator whose game plans made the biggest impact in their respective teams' victory.
In addition to Harper, the Master Football Coaches will also award MCS Nike Game Balls to Georgia running back Knowshon Moreno, Tennessee kicker Daniel Lincoln, Ohio State Offensive Coordinator Coach Jim Bollman and Arizona State Defensive Coordinator Coach Craig Bray.
About the Master Coaches Survey
The Master Coaches Survey, an advisory poll comprised of 17 former college football coaches, includes 11 College Football Hall of Fame Members and represents eight national championships and over 3,000 victories combined. Based on the MCS system, the voters review all of the relevant game tapes following each week of competition, discuss each teams’ performance during a weekly conference call, then establish a ranking of the Top 25 teams. The Master Coaches Poll Top 25 can be found on the MCS website (www.mcspoll.com), including a breakdown of how the coaches voted.
As part of their selection process, the coaches not only attend games across the nation, but spend countless hours reviewing the DVDs of the previous weekend’s match-ups. Through this extensive process, the expert panel of coaches also selects the top players and assistant coaches who will be awarded game balls each week. The Master Coaches Survey is proud to announce that Nike has become the official provider of the MCS Game Balls.