Pac-10 Football: Ducks, Andrew Luck, Stephen Paea Headline All-Conference Teams
In the last year of a 10-team conference, Pac-10 coaches got together and named their all-conference selections on Tuesday.
Not much of a surprise, the undefeated Oregon Ducks and Orange Bowl-bound Stanford Cardinal dominated the first and second teams.
For the second straight year, Chip Kelly was named the conference coach of the year, beating out Stanford's Jim Harbaugh.
In a battle of Heisman finalists, Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck was the named the Pac-10 offensive player of the year over Oregon running back LaMichael James.
Possibly the most impressive defensive tackle in the conference since Haloti Ngata, Oregon State senior Stephen Paea was selected by coaches as the Pat Tillman defensive player of the year.
Wide receiver Robert Woods of USC was tabbed the offensive freshman of the year, and Sun Devil defensive end Junior Onyeali took home the conference defensive freshman player of the year honor.
Here is a look at the first and second team selections, as well as a few side notes.
First Team Offense
Quarterback: Andrew Luck, sophomore, Stanford
Running Backs: LaMichael James, sophomore, Oregon; Jacquizz Rodgers, junior, Oregon State; Owen Marecic, senior, Stanford
Wide Receivers: Jeffrey Maehl, senior, Oregon; Juron Criner, junior, Arizona
Tight End: David Paulson, junior, Oregon
Offensive Line: Chase Beeler, senior, Stanford; David DeCastro, junior, Stanford; Jonathan Martin, junior, Stanford; Jordan Holmes, senior, Oregon; Tyron Smith, junior, USC
First Team Defense
Defensive Line: Stephen Paea, senior, Oregon State; Jurrell Casey, junior, USC; Cameron Jordan, senior, California; Brooks Reed, senior, Arizona
Linebackers: Mason Foster, senior, Washington; Casey Matthews, senior, Oregon; Akeem Ayers, junior, UCLA
Defensive Backs: Omar Bolden, junior, Arizona State; Chris Conte, senior, California; Rahim Moore, junior, UCLA; Talmadge Jackson III, senior, Oregon
First Team Special Teams
Placekicker: Nate Whitaker, senior, Stanford
Punter: Bryan Anger, junior, California
Kickoff Returner: Robert Woods, freshman, USC
Punt Returner: Cliff Harris, sophomore, Oregon
Special Teams Coverage: Chike Amajoyi, senior, Stanford
Second Team Offense
Quarterback: Darron Thomas, sophomore, Oregon
Running Backs: Johnathan Franklin, sophomore, UCLA; Shane Vereen, junior, California; Chris Polk, sophomore, Washington
Wide Receivers: Doug Baldwin, senior, Stanford; Jermaine Kearse, junior, Washington
Tight End: Coby Fleener, senior, Stanford
Offensive Line: Colin Baxter, senior, Arizona; Adam Grant, senior, Arizona; Alex Linnenkohl, senior, Oregon State; Mitchell Schwartz, junior, California; Bo Thran, senior, Oregon
Second Team Defense
Defensive Line: Ricky Elmore, senior, Arizona; Sione Fua, senior, Stanford; Brandon Bair, senior, Oregon; Kenny Rowe, senior, Oregon
Linebackers: Vontaze Burfict, sophomore, Arizona State; Mike Mohamed, senior, California; Mychal Kendricks, junior, California
Defensive Backs: Cliff Harris, sophomore, Oregon; Delano Howell, junior, Stanford; T.J. McDonald, sophomore, USC, Nate Williams, senior, Washington
Second Team Special Teams
Placekicker: Kai Forbath, senior, UCLA
Punter: Jeff Locke, sophomore, UCLA
Kickoff Returner: Omar Bolden, junior, Arizona State
Punt Returner: Ronald Johnson, senior, USC
Special Teams Coverage: Bryson Littlejohn, senior, Oregon
Oregon placed seven players on the first team and six on the second team. The Cardinal tied the Ducks with seven on the first team and added four players on the second team.
Despite tying for the conference lead with five interceptions, Oregon's Cliff Harris and John Boyett failed to make the first team.
Washington State was noticeably absent with zero selections to either squad. Cougar freshman wide receiver Marquess Wilson was second in the Pac-10 with 1,006 yards receiving on the year.
Stanford running back Stepfan Taylor rushed for 1,023 yards and scored 15 touchdowns on the season. His 15 rushing touchdowns ranked second in the conference to James.
A preseason Heisman finalist, Washington quarterback Jake Locker finished the season ranked eighth in the conference with a 127.4 quarterback rating.
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