Kenjon Barner, Marqise Lee Headline 2012 All-Pac 12 Team
The Pac-12 individual awards and all-conference first and second teams were announced on Monday, and there were hardly any surprises.
Leading the way was Marqise Lee. USC's sophomore wide receiver—who has been rising up Heisman lists all season—earned Offensive Player of the Year honors and was the only player to be unanimously voted to the first team.
It's hard to argue against Lee, who week-in and week-out proved to be absolutely unstoppable. He finished with 112 catches for 1,680 yards and 14 touchdowns while serving as a dynamite kick returner, as well.
Who deserved the Offensive Player of the Year award?
Still though, Kenjon Barner—among a few other players—might have a say in the decision. The electric Oregon running back led one of the most feared rushing attacks in the nation to the tune of 1,624 rushing yards (6.5 yards per attempt) and 22 total touchdowns.
He'll have a first-team all-conference recognition to help him get through the disappointment.
On the defensive side of the ball, Arizona State's Will Sutton took home the Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year award.
The relentless pass-rusher totaled a ridiculous 20.0 tackles for loss (first in the conference) and 10.5 sacks (third). He also added five pass deflections and three forced fumbles for a Sun Devils defense that ranked second in the Pac-12 in total yards allowed per game and constantly forced opposing teams into costly turnovers.
Let's take a look at the rest of the awards and all-conference teams, which come courtesy of Pac-12.com.
|Offensive Player of the Year||Marqise Lee||WR||USC||Soph|
|Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year||Will Sutton||DE||Arizona State||Junior|
|Freshman Offensive Player of the Year||Marcus Mariota||QB||Oregon||Fresh|
|Freshman Defensive Player of the Year||Leonard Williams||DE||USC||Fresh|
|Coach of the Year||David Shaw||Stanford|
First Team All Pac-12
|WR||Markus Wheaton||Oregon St.||Senior|
|DL||Scott Crichton||Oregon St.||Soph|
|DL||Will Sutton||Arizona St.||Junior|
|DB||Jordan Poyer||Oregon State||Senior|
|ST||Jordan Jenkins||Oregon State||Senior|
Second Team All Pac-12
|LB||Brandon Magee||Arizona St.||Senior|
|DB||Deone Bucannon||Washington St.||Junior|
|DB||Alden Darby||Arizona St.||Junior|
|PK||Andrew Furney||Washington St.||Junior|
|P||Josh Hubner||Arizona St.||Senior|
A complete list of the honorable mentions, along with other notes, can be found here.
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