Allen and Berdousi Named USC Credit Union Student-Athletes of the Week

    Katerina Berdousi
    Oct. 13, 2014

    USC tailback Javorius Allen and cross country runner Katerina Berdousi were each named USC Credit Union Student-Athletes of the Week for the week of Oct. 6-12, on Monday, Oct. 13.


    Javorius Allen dominated the Trojans’ ground game, rushing for a career-high 205 yards and three touchdowns in a dramatic 28-26 victory over No.10 Arizona. The Wildcat defense had no answers for the junior tailback, who averaged 7.9 yards per carry, including two touchdown runs of 48 and 34 yards to give the Trojans a 14-6 lead going into halftime.

    Allen delivered the final punch with a touchdown early in the fourth quarter, which proved to be enough to upend the Wildcats. His resilient efforts were seen the whole night, carrying Arizona defenders the extra yards and shedding tackles on his way to the end zone. Allen was also a reliable option for quarterback Cody Kessler out of the backfield, finishing with four receptions for 28 yards. The Trojans return to the Los Angeles Coliseum for homecoming on Oct. 18 to face Colorado.

    Also nominated for men’s student-athlete of the week honors: Nick Bell (water polo) and Nick Crystal (tennis).

    Katerina Berdousi set a personal best, clocking in at 17:21.00 in a victory over West Region No. 3-ranked UCLA at Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena, Calif. The junior finished the 5K course in first place, cruising to the finish line with a 22-second lead. Berdousi’s performance led to the Trojans first victory in cross country since winning the Aztec Invitational on Sept. 15, 2012. 

    Berdousi’s 5K time was the fastest by a Trojan since Zsofia Erdelyi set the schools 5K record with a time of 16:51.90 in 2008. The Women of Troy travel to Riverside, Calif to compete in the Highlander Invitational on Oct. 18.

    Also nominated for women’s student-athlete of the week honors: Samantha Bricio (volleyball) and Hannah Weiss (swimming).

    The USC Credit Union Student-Athletes of the Week are voted on by the student assistants and Sports Information Directors of the USC Sports Information Office. Nominations are compiled and distributed for voting by Alec Koondel. Student assistant voters include Charlotte Adlam, Taiu Kunimoto, Nikki Borchard, Andrew McKagan, Eike Daube, Tera Novy, Carlene Jones, Max Schwartz, Gaby Smotrys, Aubrey Kragen, and intern Katie Ryan.