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Washington State quarterback Jayden de Laura named Rose Bowl’s Pac-12 player of the week

Washington State Cougars quarterback Jayden de Laura (4) smiles with teammates before a Pac-12 game against the Oregon State Beavers on Saturday, Oct 9 at Gesa Field in Pullman, Wash.  (Tyler Tjomsland/The Spokesman-Review)
By Colton Clark The Spokesman-Review

Washington State quarterback Jayden de Laura earned the Rose Bowl’s Pac-12 player of the week award Monday for his career day in the Cougars’ 31-24 win over Oregon State.

De Laura, a sophomore and second-year starter from Hawaii, passed for a career-best 399 yards Saturday, completing 32 of his 46 attempts. He went 15 of 18 in the second half and threw all three of his touchdowns as the Cougars’ run-and-shoot offense came alive, scoring on four consecutive possessions.

College football analyst Kirk Herbstreit ranked de Laura No. 4 on his weekly list of the nation’s top-performing players.

“What you see is a quarterback who’s confident in his shoes,” WSU coach Nick Rolovich said of de Laura, who has thrown for 1,187 yards and 12 touchdowns against five picks with a 63.7% completion rate in five games this year. “He’s making people around him better. … I think he’s in the moment. He has let negative things roll off his shoulders better, and that’s all part of growing.”