Now that the Pac-12 has finished the regular season, it's time to start handing out the hardware. Some of the top players in the conference were recognized for their individual accomplishments on the field, per Pac-12.com.
And there were plenty of great seasons from some of the best players in the sport.
The most impressive player on the list is UCLA linebacker Myles Jack. He received Freshman Defensive Player of the Year for his efforts but also took home Freshman Offensive Player of the Year after recently being used as a running back. Jack is fourth on the team with 71 tackles and also has 267 rushing yards and seven touchdowns in just four games.
As for the most obvious award, it was given to Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey, who was named the Offensive Player of the Year. Despite missing the first game of the season, he still racked up 1,716 rushing yards and scored 18 total touchdowns. Also, his streak of 15 consecutive 100-yard performances is a conference record, and the longest of any FBS player in the last 10 years.
Defensive Player of the Year went to Arizona State defensive lineman Will Sutton. Statistically, he wasn't as impressive as he's been in the past, but his large frame and athleticism allowed others to shine. The Sun Devils have one of the top defenses in the Pac-12 because of a solid defensive front led by the senior defensive tackle.
Arizona State's Todd Graham also received Coach of the Year honors after leading the Sun Devils to the Pac-12 Championship Game. The school has won 10 games for the first time since 2007.
The Pac-12 first-team offense and defense can be viewed below:
|Pac-12 First Team Offense|
|QB||Marcus Mariota, So., Oregon|
|RB||Ka’Deem Carey, Jr., Arizona|
|RB||Bishop Sankey, Jr., Washington|
|WR||Brandin Cooks, Jr., Oregon State|
|WR||Paul Richardson, Jr., Colorado|
|TE||Chris Coyle, Grad., Arizona State|
|OL||Evan Finkenberg, Grad., Arizona State|
|OL||Hroniss Grasu, Jr., Oregon|
|OL||Marcus Martin, Jr., USC|
|OL||Xavier Su’a-Filo, Jr., UCLA|
|OL||David Yankey, Sr., Stanford|
|Pac-12 First Team Defense|
|DL||Ben Gardner, Sr., Stanford|
|DL||Trevor Reilly, Sr., Utah|
|DL||Will Sutton, Sr., Arizona Stat|
|DL||Leonard Williams, So., USC|
|LB||Anthony Barr, Sr., UCLA|
|LB||Trent Murphy, Sr., Stanford|
|LB||Shayne Skov, Sr., Stanford|
|DB||Deone Bucannon, Sr., Washington State|
|DB||Alden Darby, Sr., Arizona State|
|DB||Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Jr., Oregon|
|DB||Robert Nelson, Sr., Arizona State|
|DB||Ed Reynolds, Sr., Stanford|
|Pac-12 First Team Specialists|
|PK||Zane Gonzalez, Fr., Arizona State|
|P||Tom Hackett, So., Utah|
|RS||Ty Montgomery, Jr., Stanford|
|ST||Soma Vainuku, So., USC|
All well-deserving players, and it's nice to see Paul Richardson and Deone Bucannon get the respect they deserve. They may not play on winning teams, but they played their tails off this season and are easily some of the best players at their positions.
Key players who made the second-team include USC safety Dion Bailey, Oregon defensive lineman Taylor Hart and Stanford wide receiver Ty Montgomery.
Congrats to all.
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