UCLA Football: 7 Bruins Named to All-Pac-12 Teams
Other than Oregon State's cupcake make-up game with Nicholls State on Saturday, the Pac-12 regular season slate has come to a close.
As such, the Pac-12 named the all-conference teams and end of the year awards on Monday. Southern Cal's Marqise Lee took home the Offensive Player of the Year Honors, while Arizona State's Will Sutton claimed DPoY. Stanford's David Shaw was honored as Coach of the Year.
Seven UCLA Bruins graced the All-Pac-12 teams, including three on the First Team. UCLA also had eight honorable mentions, bringing the total numbers of Bruins named to 15.
UCLA is also the only school to have at least one player picked for each of the six all-conference teams.
Here are the seven Bruins who were tabbed as first-team or second-team All-Pac-12 selections.
First Team: OL Xavier Su'a-Filo
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Sophomore offensive lineman Xavier Su'a-Filo was the only UCLA player named to the All-Pac-12 first-team offense.
Su'a-Filo was chosen as a team captain at the beginning of the year, despite his recent return from a two-year football hiatus (LDS mission).
The 6'4", 295-pound left guard has been an anchor in the young Bruins O-line, usually handling the opposing teams' best defensive players.
Against Utah, Su'a-Filo locked down two-time All-Pac-12 first-team DT Star Lotulelei, limiting the projected first-round draft pick to just two tackles.
Clearly, his contributions to the Bruins potent offense have been plentiful, as the conference deemed him one of the top five O-linemen in the Pac-12.
First Team: LB Anthony Barr
Anthony Barr's first game on defense
Similar to his offensive counterpart, UCLA LB Anthony Barr was the only Bruin chosen for the All-Pac-12 first-team defense.
Barr has been an absolute monster in UCLA's 3-4 scheme, despite it being his first season playing on the defensive side of the ball.
The whole shtick about it being Barr's first season on D is a little overdone though, as he clearly has shaken off the image of being inexperienced.
Barr has accumulated 66 tackles (19 for loss) and four forced fumbles. He also has 12 sacks, a mark that ties him for No. 8 in the nation in QB takedowns.
The 6'4", 235-pound menace has obliterated opposing O-lines with his combination of speed, power and pursuit in the pass rush. Barr has also gotten some work in coverage, recording five pass break-ups for the Bruins.
Barr has already become infamous for injuring his victims, including Rice QB Taylor McHargue, USC QB Matt Barkley and Stanford punter Daniel Zychlinski.
While this isn't a pretty statistic to keep, it is a reality of football and is part of the defensive mentality.
Because of Barr's amazing output this season, the junior has shot up to No. 15 in Mel Kiper's NFL Draft projections on ESPN.
First Team: P Jeff Locke
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Senior punter and team captain Jeff Locke was named to the All-Pac-12 first team for specialists.
Locke has continued his successful UCLA career in his final season of NCAA eligibility, booting 66 punts for an average of 43.3 yards per kick. He has also managed to blast at least one punt of 50 yards or longer in all but one game this season.
Locke has been invaluable in the field position battle, placing 30 punts inside the 20-yard line, while also consistently launching kickoffs out of the back of the end zone.
To top it all off, Locke was also named to the all-conference team for academics, being the only player to grace the first-team lists for performance on the field and in the classroom.
Locke will look to enter the NFL Draft in 2013, currently ranking in the top five in punters nationwide.
Second Team: RB Johnathan Franklin
Johnathan Franklin breaks UCLA career rushing record
What a senior season it has been for UCLA RB Johnathan Franklin.
The offensive captain has carved the way for the Bruins return to relevance, breaking the all-time school rushing record in the process.
Franklin, also known as "The Mayor" due to his future political aspirations, has rumbled for 1,506 yards and 11 TDs in 2012, with an average of 6.0 yards per carry. His total yardage is good for No. 8 in the nation and No. 3 in the Pac-12 Conference.
The fifth-year scatback out of Los Angeles' Dorsey High has been more than a football player this year, taking on the role of emotional leader in the Bruins locker room as well.
Franklin now boasts 4,175 yards and 29 TDs on the ground in his career, easily passing up Gaston Green's marks set from 1984-1987.
Look for Franklin to close out his UCLA career on a high note, with a conference title and bowl game left to be played.
Second Team: OL Jeff Baca
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Alongside Franklin on the All-Pac-12 second-team offense is OL Jeff Baca, a senior from Mission Viejo, California.
Baca is the only upperclassman on the UCLA offensive line and has provided a crucial experience factor to the young unit.
Perhaps most impressive about Baca's performance in 2012 has been his versatility and willingness to help the team in any way possible.
Baca is the starting right guard for the Bruins, but has also subbed in for an injured Simon Goines at right tackle a few times this year.
If it wasn't for a propensity to commit penalties, Baca would likely have found himself on the all-conference first team.
Second Team: DL Datone Jones
Datone Jones (56) has been a force for UCLA
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Senior DL Datone Jones goes down as the Bruins only representative on the All-Pac-12 second-team defense, earning a spot with domineering pass-rush and run-stopping abilities.
Jones has tallied 50 takedowns, including 37 solo tackles and four sacks. He has been a monster in the trenches for UCLA, often taking up double teams and opening holes for other Bruin blitzers to do some work.
The 6'4", 275-pound left end struggled in his junior campaign, but has come back to finish his career in Westwood with a fierce final season.
Second Team: ST David Allen
FB David Allen (41) has been a beast on special teams
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The last Bruin named to the all-conference teams was FB David Allen, though the senior was chosen for his performance on special teams.
Allen, aside from blocking for UCLA's prolific offense, has dominated for the Bruins as a gunner, always finding ways to get involved and make stops in kick and punt coverage.
As a special teams captain, Allen was called on to lead the charge and, needless to say, he has answered the bell.
The Pac-12 Conference recognized Allen's successes and honored the South Pasadena native with a second-team selection, a fitting end for one of the hardest working Bruins on the field.
UCLA Honorable Mentions
Safety Andrew Abbott seals the deal against Nebraska with a late interception
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Below is a list of the eight Bruins tabbed as Honorable Mentions:
DB Andrew Abbott, Sr.
OL Jake Brendel, Fr.
WR Shaq Evans, Jr.
TE Joseph Fauria, Sr.
QB Brett Hundley, Fr.
LB Eric Kendricks, So.
DL Cassius Marsh, Jr.
RS Damien Thigpen, Jr.
For the complete list of All-Pac-12 team selections and awards, follow this link.