On Saturdays, Ryan Leaf often changes plays at the line of scrimmage.
On Mondays, the Washington State quarterback audibles.
But Leaf, named offensive player of the week Monday by the Pacific-10 Conference, didn’t call his own number on the one day each week he reserves for interviews.
Instead, he called Jake Plummer’s.
“I really didn’t expect to get the award after a non-conference game,” said Leaf, who threw for 355 yards and four touchdowns in Saturday’s 52-16 win over San Jose State. “I think somebody like Jake (of Arizona State) is really worthy to get it.
“He played against a good Pac-10 team like Oregon and had a big day, threw four touchdowns. But I’m honored to get it.”
Leaf, who threw for a school-record 303 yards in the first half Saturday, leads Pac-10 quarterbacks with 13 touchdown passes. The second-year sophomore has thrown just two interceptions, and his efficiency rating of 168.1 is better than any Pac-10 player with more than 15 attempts.
Those statistics, compiled mostly against poor defensive teams, might be more difficult to maintain this week, when the Cougars (3-1 overall, 1-0 Pac-10) visit Arizona (2-2, 0-1).
Leaf, who strained his right hamstring against the Spartans, did not practice much Monday. He walked with a slight limp, but is expected to be ready for Arizona.
- Receivers Chad Carpenter and Kevin McKenzie lead the Pac-10 in two major categories.
Carpenter has caught six touchdown passes; McKenzie is averaging 24.7 yards per reception, tops among players with at least 10 catches.
- The Arizona game, which starts at 7 p.m., will not be televised live. Prime Sports will replay it Sunday morning at 9.
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