Pac-10 Football Awards and All-Conference Teams

Nov. 26, 2001

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PAC-10 FOOTBALL AWARDS AND ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM ANNOUNCED

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR - JOEY HARRINGTON, QB, OREGON
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR - ROBERT THOMAS, MLB, UCLA
FRESHMEN OF THE YEAR - TEYO JOHNSON, WR, STANFORD and REGGIE WILLIAMS, WR, UW
COACH OF THE YEAR - MIKE PRICE, WASHINGTON STATE

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--Quarterback Joey Harrington of Oregon and linebacker Robert Thomas of UCLA have been named Pac-10 Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today. In addition, Wide receivers Teyo Johnson of Stanford and Reggie Williams of Washington were named Co-Freshmen of the Year and Mike Price of Washington State was named Coach of theYear. The award winners are selected by the Pac-10 head football coaches.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR JOEY HARRINGTON, QB, OREGON: Harrington, a senior from Portland, Ore., has directed Oregon to a 9-1 record, at least a tie for the Pac-10 championship and a guaranteed berth in a BCS bowl game. The Ducks would win the Pac-10 title outright with a win against rival Oregon State this week. The 9-1 record runs Harrington's record as Oregon's starting quarterback to a remarkable 23-3. This season he has completed 175 of 300 passes (.583) for 2,310 yards and 23 touchdowns with just five interceptions. His 23-5 touchdown-to-interception ratio is the best in the Pac-10. With Harrington at the controls, the Oregon offense ranks second in the Pac-10 in both scoring offense (35.7 points per game) and total offense (452.3 yards per game), both figures ranking in the top 15 in the nation. Harrington stands ninth on the Pac-10 career list for touchdown passes with 55 scoring throws. Harrington is a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award and twice was named Pac-10 offensive player of the week this year.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR ROBERT THOMAS, MLB, UCLA: Thomas, a senior from Imperial, Calif., leads the Pac-10 by a wide margin in tackles and tackles for loss. From his middle linebacker post, Thomas leads the Conference with 106 tackles in 10 games, with his 10.6 tackles per game making him the only player in the league to average double figures in tackles. He also leads the Pac-10 in tackles for loss with 24 for -62 yards. He led the Bruins in tackles in nine of 10 games this season and his 24 tackles for loss is a school record. UCLA leads the league in total defense and is second in rushing defense and scoring defense, allowing just 18.3 points per game. Thomas is a finalist for the Butkus Award and the Football News Defensive Player of the Year Award.

CO-FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR TEYO JOHNSON, WR, STANFORD: Johnson, a two-sport star from San Diego, Calif., is a quarterback-turned-receiver and a member of Stanford's nationally-ranked basketball team. Making the move from quarterback to receiver in spring practice just last April, he has used his 6-foot-7, 245-pound frame to become one of the most unstoppable receivers in the Pac-10 and an integral part of the Cardinal offense which leads the Pac-10 in total offense and scoring offense. Johnson leads Stanford in receptions with 38 and touchdown receptions with seven. He also has two two-point conversion receptions to his credit. Johnson is averaging 14.9 yards per reception.

CO-FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR REGGIE WILLIAMS, WR, WASHINGTON: Williams, from Tacoma, Wash., has recorded one of the finest seasons for a freshman in league history. He was voted second-team All-Pac-10 by the Conference coaches after a year that saw him rank fourth in the Pac-10 in receptions and third in receiving yardage. Williams pulled in 55 receptions for 973 yards (a 17.7-yard average) and three touchdowns. Those figures make him the top freshman receiver in Washington history. Williams had a spectacular debut as a starter in Washington's opener against Michigan with four receptions for 134 yards and never looked back.

COACH OF THE YEAR MIKE PRICE, WASHINGTON STATE: Price fashioned a remarkable turnaround in his 13th season at Washington State. The Cougars, coming off a 4-7 season in 2000, were picked to finish last in the Pac-10 in the pre-season media poll. Instead, Washington State rolled to a 9-2 record and a Top 20 ranking in the polls. The only blemishes on the Cougars' record came to nationally-ranked Oregon and Washington. Always an advocate of the passing game, Price's team led the Pac-10 in passing offense at 300.9 yards per game and averaged 35.2 points per game. The Cougars also proved sturdy on the other side of the ball in ranking third in the Pac-10 in scoring defense. Price, the 'dean' of the Pac-10 coaches, ranks second on the all-time WSU win list with 72 victories. It marks the second time the coaches have voted Price the Pac-10 coach of the year award with the first coming after the Cougars' Rose Bowl season in 1997.

In addition to individual awards, the Pac-10 coaches selected the 2001 All-Pac-10 Football Team that follows.

PAC-10 CONFERENCE: Named quarterback Joey Harrington of Oregon offensive player of the year, linebacker Robert Thomas of UCLA defensive player of the year, wide receivers Teyo Johnson of Stanford and Reggie Williams of Washington co-freshmen of the year and Mike Price of Washington State coach of the year.

2001 ALL-PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE FOOTBALL TEAM

First Team Offense Second Team Offense

QB Joey Harrington, Sr., Oregon QB Jason Gesser, Jr., Washington State RB DeShaun Foster, Sr., UCLA RB Maurice Morris, Sr., Oregon RB Clarence Farmer, So., Arizona RB Onterrio Smith, So., Oregon WR Shaun McDonald, So., Arizona State WR Nakoa McElrath, Sr., Washington State WR Keenan Howry, Jr., Oregon WR Reggie Williams, Fr., Washington TE Justin Peelle, Sr., Oregon TE Bryan Fletcher, Sr., UCLA OL Eric Heitmann, Sr., Stanford OL Kwame Harris, So., Stanford OL Levi Jones, Sr., Arizona State OL Mike Saffer, Jr., UCLA OL Scott Peters, Sr., Arizona State OL Zack Quaccia, Sr., Stanford OL Derrick Roche, Jr., Washington State OL Chris Gibson, Sr., Oregon State OL Kyle Benn, Sr., Washington OL Greg Schindler, Jr., Stanford

First Team Defense Second Team Defense

DE Terrell Suggs, So., Arizona State DE Lonnie Ford, Sr., USC DT Larry Tripplett, Sr., Washington DT Rodney Leisle, So., UCLA DT Eric Manning, Jr., Oregon State DT Rien Long, So., Washington State DE Kenyon Coleman, Sr., UCLA DE Marcus Hoover, Sr., Stanford LB Robert Thomas, Sr., UCLA LB Richard Seigler, So., Oregon State LB Coy Wire, Sr., Stanford LB Raonall Smith, Sr., Washington State LB Lance Briggs, Jr., Arizona LB Wesly Mallard, Sr., Oregon DB Troy Polamalu, Jr., USC DB Dennis Weathersby, Jr., Oregon State DB Tank Williams, Sr., Stanford DB Rashad Bauman, Sr., Oregon DB Ricky Manning, Jr., UCLA DB Marques Anderson, Sr., UCLA DB Lamont Thompson, Sr., Washington State DB Chris Cash, Sr., USC

First Team Specialists Second Team Specialists

PK Drew Dunning, So., Washington State PK John Anderson, Jr., Washington P Nate Fikse, Jr., UCLA P Nick Murphy, Sr., Arizona State KOR Brian Allen, Sr., Stanford KOR Onterrio Smith, So., Oregon PR Keenan Howry, Jr., Oregon PR Luke Powell, So., Stanford ST Kevin Arbet, Jr., USC ST Wesly Mallard, Sr., Oregon

ST=special teams player (non-kicker)

Offensive Player of the Year: Joey Harrington, QB, Sr., OregonDefensive Player of the Year: Robert Thomas, MLB, Sr., UCLACo-Freshmen of the Year: Teyo Johnson, WR, Stanford and Reggie Williams, WR, WashingtonCoach of the Year: Mike Price, Washington State

Honorable Mention

ARIZONA: OT Makoa Freitas, Jr., C Steven Grace, Sr., QB Jason Johnson, Jr., CB Michael Jolivette, So., DT Young Thompson, Jr., WR Bobby Wade, Jr.

ARIZONA STATE: PK Mike Barth, Jr., FB Mike Karney, So., OT Kyle Kosier, Sr., DT Tommie Townsend, Sr., S Alfred Williams, Jr.

CALIFORNIA: FB Marcus Fields, Sr., OLB Scott Fujita, Sr., PK Mark Jensen, Jr., OG Scott Tercero, Jr.

OREGON: OT Jim Adams, Sr., OG Joey Forster, So., DT Zack Freiter, Sr., FS Keith Lewis, So., DE Seth McEwan, Jr., ILB Kevin Mitchell, So., OG Ryan Schmid, Sr., CB Steve Smith, Sr.

OREGON STATE: OLB James Allen, Sr., OLB Nick Barnett, Jr., FS Jake Cookus, Sr., FL James Newson, So., OT Vincent Sandoval, Sr., TB Ken Simonton, Sr., QB Jonathan Smith, Sr.

STANFORD: RB Brian Allen, Sr., CB Ruben Carter, Sr., OT Kirk Chambers, So, QB Randy Fasani, Sr., CB Ryan Fernandez, Sr., OLB Anthony Gabriel, Sr., WR Teyo Johnson, Fr., DT Matt Leonard, Jr., FL Luke Powell, So.

UCLA: DE Dave Ball, So., OT Bryce Bohlander, Jr., C Troy Danoff, Sr., DT Anthony Fletcher, Sr., PK Chris Griffith, Jr., FB Ed Ieremia-Stansbury, Sr., DT Ken Kocher, Sr., OLB Ryan Nece, Sr., CB Matt Ware, Fr.

USC: DT Shaun Cody, Fr., PK David Davis, Jr., FB Charlie Landrigan, Sr., MLB Mike Pollard, Jr., CB Kris Richard, Sr., OT Jacob Rogers, So.

WASHINGTON: FL Paul Arnold, Jr., DE Kai Ellis, Jr., FL Todd Elstrom, Sr., TB Willie Hurst, Sr., CB Omare Lowe, Sr., ILB Ben Mahdavi, Jr., P Derek McLaughlin, Fr., QB Cody Pickett, So.

WASHINGTON STATE: DE D.D. Acholonu, So., DE Isaac Brown, So., SE Mike Bush, Jr., P Alan Cox, Sr., OG Joey Hollenbeck, Sr., RB Dave Minnich, Sr., ST Curtis Nettles, Jr., SS Billy Newman, Sr., OT Josh Parrish, So., OLB James Price, Sr., CB Marcus Trufant, Jr., DE Tupo Tuupo, Sr.

NOTES ON THE 2001 ALL-PAC-10 FOOTBALL TEAM

  • Selection Procedures: The All-Pac-10 Team is selected by the Pac-10 head football coaches.
  • By School: UCLA placed the most players on the first team with five selections. Arizona State, Oregon and Stanford were next with four each, followed by Washington State with three.
  • By Class: Of the 26 first-team selections, 14 are seniors, eight are juniors and four are sophomores. No freshmen made the first team.
  • Unanimous: Three players--punter Nate Fikse of UCLA, offensive guard Eric Heitmann of Stanford and tight end Justin Peelle of Oregon--were named on the first team ballots of all 10 coaches.
  • Repeaters: Five first-team choices are repeat selections from last year's first team--linebacker Lance Briggs of Arizona, tailback DeShaun Foster and cornerback Ricky Manning of UCLA, center Scott Peters of Arizona State and nose tackle Larry Tripplett of Washington.
  • Duck Double Dippers: Keenan Howry of Oregon was named first-team All-Conference at both wide receiver and punt returner. A couple of other Ducks were named to the second team twice--Onterrio Smith at running back and kick returner and Wesly Mallard at linebacker and special teams performer.
  • Classroom Stars: Center Kyle Benn of Washington and running back/kick returner Brian Allen of Stanford pulled off the difficult double of being named first-team on both the All-Conference and the All-Academic football teams.
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