Pac-10 Football Awards and All-Conference Team Announced

Nov. 28, 2005

Tailback Reggie Bush of USC has been named Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year and tackle Haloti Ngata of Oregon and linebacker Dale Robinson of Arizona State have been named Pat Tillman Co-Defensive Players of the Year. In addition, guard Jeremy Perry of Oregon State and wide receiver Michael Thomas of Arizona have been named Co-Freshmen of the Year and Pete Carroll of USC and Karl Dorrell have been named Co-Coaches of the Year. The award winners are selected by the Pac-10 head football coaches and ties in the voting lead to co-winners.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR REGGIE BUSH, TB, USC: Bush, a junior from Spring Valley, Calif., is an electrifying, multi-purpose player who excels as a running back and receiver, as well as a kickoff and punt returner. A leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy, Bush becomes just the fifth player in Conference history to be named Offensive Player of the Year two years in a row. With one regular-season game still remaining, Bust leads the nation in all-purpose yards with an average of 212.5 yards per game and is the only player to average more than 200 yards per game. He also ranks fourth in the nation in rushing with an average of 127.1 yards per game. In his most recent outing in USC win against Fresno State, Bush set a Pac-10 single-game record with 513 all-purpose yards. To date this season, Bush has rushed for 1,398 yards and 13 touchdowns and has averaged 8.6 yards per carry. He has added 31 receptions for 373 yards and two scores and leads the Trojans in punt and kickoff returns. He is averaging 10.0 yards on his 233 touches in 2005 and has scored a total of 16 touchdowns. Bush was named Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week three times this season.

PAT TILLMAN CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR HALOTI NGATA, DT, OREGON: Ngata, a junior from Salt Lake City, Utah, has been a key cog in the Oregon defense that has played a major role in the Ducks' 10-1 record. Usually the subject of double-team blocking, Ngata leads all defensive tackles in the Pac-10 with 59 tackles, 32 solo. In addition, he has posted nine tackles for losses and three quarterback sacks and has blocked two kicks. Ngata has been named one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy, which is awarded to the best interior lineman in college football, and one of five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which honors the best defensive player in the country.

PAT TILLMAN CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR DALE ROBINSON, MLB, ARIZONA STATE: Robinson, a senior from Queens, N.Y., ranks second in the Pac-10 in both total tackles with an average of 10.2 per game and in solo tackles at 6.3 per game. He has posted 102 tackles, 63 solo, including 14 tackles for loss (-44 yards) and four quarterback sacks. In addition, he has forced three fumbles. Robinson has been in double figures in tackles in five of 10 games this season.

CO-FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR JEREMY PERRY, OG, OREGON STATE: Perry, a redshirt freshman from, Kahuku, Hawai'i, took over from game-one as a starter on Oregon State's offensive line and quickly established himself as a force to be reckoned with on the young unit. Oregon State, which finished last in the Pac-10 in rushing in 2004, improved by more than 50 yards per game this season. The OSU offense also allowed fewer sacks than the previous year despite having a new quarterback at the controls. Perry gave a hint of his prowess in high school when he became the only lineman ever to be named offensive player of the year in Hawai'i.

CO-FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR MICHAEL THOMAS, WR, ARIZONA: Thomas, a true freshman from DeSoto, Texas, stepped right into the Arizona lineup and became one of the top receivers in the Pac-10. He ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in receptions and seventh in receiving yardage with 52 catches for 771 yards (14.8-yard average) and five touchdowns. Those marks are tops among freshmen in the Pac-10 this season and the 52 receptions are an Arizona freshman record. Thomas is one major reason the Wildcat passing attack averaged 60 yards per game more this season compared to 2004.

CO-COACH OF THE YEAR PETE CARROLL, USC: Carroll earns Coach of the Year honors for the second time for keeping the Trojans on track in their quest for an unprecedented third consecutive National Championship. With one regular-season game to play, USC is 11-0 and has extended its winning streak to 33 games, the longest in the nation and a Pac-10 record. In addition, the Trojans have tied the Pac-10 record for consecutive Conference wins (22) and consecutive home wins (26). Carroll has had USC ranked No. 1 in the AP poll dating back to 2003. The Trojans are know this season for their prolific offense, leading the nation in total offense at 571.3 yards per game and ranked second at scoring offense at 48.6 points per game. Overlooked is the fact that USC leads the Pac-10 in total defense and ranks second in scoring defense.

CO-COACH OF THE YEAR KARL DORRELL, UCLA: Dorrell has led UCLA to a 9-1 record with one regular-season game remaining and could claim a share of the Pac-10 title with a win in the finale against USC. This from a UCLA team that finished fifth in the Pac-10 last year and was picked to finish fifth again in the Pac-10 pre-season media poll. UCLA has moved from unranked in the pre-season to the top 12 at this juncture of the season. The Bruins are sixth in the country in scoring offense at 40.0 points per game and have averaged 444.4 yards per game total offense, including 295.5 through the air. Dorrell is in just his third season as UCLA head coach and is the only coach in school history to guide the Bruins to a bowl game in his first three years.

Note: The Pac-10 coaches vote on the above awards and ties in the voting resulted in the co-awards.

In addition to individual awards, the Pac-10 coaches selected the 2005 All-Pac-10 Football Team that follows.

First Team Offense
QB Matt Leinart, Sr., USC
RB Reggie Bush, Jr., USC
RB Jerome Harrison, Sr., Washington State
WR Mike Hass, Sr., Oregon State
WR Derek Hagan, Sr., Arizona State
WR Dwayne Jarrett, So., USC
TE Marcedes Lewis, Sr., UCLA
OL Ryan Kalil, Jr., USC
OL Taitusi Lutui, Sr., USC
OL Marvin Philip, Sr., California
OL Sam Baker, So., USC
OL Ryan O'Callaghan, Sr., California

Second Team Offense
QB Drew Olson, Sr., UCLA
RB LenDale White, Jr., USC
RB Maurice Drew, Jr., UCLA
WR Jason Hill, Jr., Washington State
WR Demetrius Williams, Sr., Oregon
TE Troy Bienemann, Sr., Washington State
OL Nick Mihlhauser, Sr., Washington State
OL Enoka Lucas, Jr., Oregon
OL Fred Matua, Jr., USC
OL Grayling Love, Grad., Arizona State
OL Aaron Merz, Sr., California

First Team Defense
DL Frostee Rucker, Sr., USC
DL Haloti Ngata, Jr., Oregon
DL Brandon Mebane, Jr., California
DL Lawrence Jackson, So., USC
LB Keith Ellison, Sr., Oregon State
LB Dale Robinson, Sr., Arizona State
LB Trent Bray, Sr., Oregon State
CB Justin Phinisee, Sr., Oregon
CB Daymeion Hughes, Jr., California
S Darnell Bing, Jr., USC
S Darrell Brooks, Sr., Arizona

Second Team Defense
DL Copeland Bryan, Sr., Arizona
DL Mkristo Bruce, Jr., Washington State
DL Sir Henry Anderson, Sr., Oregon State
DL Nu'u Tafisi, Jr., California
LB Anthony Trucks, Sr., Oregon
LB Desmond Bishop, Jr., California
LB Joe Lobendahn, Sr., Washington
LB Spencer Havner, Sr., UCLA
CB Aaron Gipson, Sr., Oregon
CB Antoine Cason, So., Arizona
S Scott Ware, Sr., USC
S J.D. Nelson, Jr., Oregon
S Donnie McCleskey, Sr., California

First Team Specialists
PK Alexis Serna, So., Oregon State
P Sam Paulescu, Sr., Oregon State
KOR Terry Richardson, Jr., Arizona State
PR Maurice Drew, Jr., UCLA
ST Timi Wusu, Sr., Stanford

Second Team Specialists
PK Justin Medlock, Jr., UCLA
P Danny Baugher, Sr., Arizona
KOR T.J. Rushing, Sr., Stanford
PR Reggie Bush, Jr., USC
ST Derrick Doggett, So., Oregon State
ST Byron Storer, Jr., California

ST=special teams player (not a kicker or returner)

Offensive Player of the Year:
Reggie Bush, TB, Jr., USC

Pat Tillman Co-Defensive Players of the Year:
Haloti Ngata, DT, Jr., Oregon
Dale Robinson, MLB, Sr., Arizona State

Co-Freshmen of the Year:
Jeremy Perry, OG, Oregon State
Michael Thomas, WR, Arizona

Co-Coaches of the Year:
Pete Carroll, USC
Karl Dorrell, UCLA

Honorable Mention

ARIZONA: RB Mike Bell, Sr.; PK/P Nick Folk, Jr.; OT Peter Graniello, So.; SS Michael Johnson, Jr.; WR Syndric Steptoe, Jr.

ARIZONA STATE: TB Rudy Burgess, So.; OT Andrew Carnahan, Jr.; S Zach Catanese, Jr.; DT Jordan Hill, Jr.; TE Zach Miller, So.; OT Brandon Rodd, So.; OLB Jamar Williams, Sr.

CALIFORNIA: TB Marshawn Lynch, So.; FB Chris Manderion,Sr.; CB/PR Tim Mixon, Jr.; TE Craig Stevens, So.

OREGON: ROV Patrick Chung, Fr.; QB Kellen Clemens, Sr.; TE Tim Day, Sr.; WR James Finley, Jr.; DE Devan Long, Sr.; OT Max Unger, Fr.; TB Terrence Whitehead, Sr.

OREGON STATE: TB Yvenson Bernard, So.; C Kyle DeVan, So.; OG Jeremy Perry, Fr.; SS Sabby Piscitelli, Jr.; OG Roy Schuening, So.; DT Alvin Smith, Sr.

STANFORD: OLB Jon Alston, Sr.; DE Julian Jenkins, Sr.

UCLA: OT Ed Blanton, Sr.; DE Justin Hickman, Jr.; FB Michael Pitre, So.; OG Shannon Tevaga, So.

USC: PK Mario Danelo, So.; NT Sedrick Ellis, So.; OT Winston Justice, Jr.; FB David Kirtman, Sr.; MLB Oscar Lua, Jr.; DT LaJuan Ramsey, Sr.; OLB Keith Rivers, So.; FL Steve Smith, Jr.; CB Justin Wyatt, Sr.

WASHINGTON: OLB Evan Benjamin, Sr.; P Sean Douglas, Jr.; SS C.J. Wallace, So.

WASHINGTON STATE: WR Michael Bumpus, So.; OLB Scott Davis, Jr.; MLB Will Derting, Sr.


NOTES ON THE 2005 ALL-PAC-10 FOOTBALL TEAM

Selection Procedures: The All-Pac-10 Team is selected by the Pac-10 head football coaches.

By School: USC placed the most players on the first team with eight selections. Oregon State was next with five, followed by California with four.

By Class: Of the 27 first-team selections, 16 are seniors, eight are juniors and three are sophomores. No freshmen made the first (or second) team.

Unanimous: TB Reggie Bush of USC, the Offensive Player of the Year, was the only player named on the first-team ballot of all 10 coaches.

Three-peat: Heisman winner Matt Leinart of USC was named fist-string All-Pac-10 quarterback for the third straight year. He is just the second player ever to be named the all-conference quarterback three times joining fellow Heisman winner Gary Beban of UCLA, who was so honored in 1965-66-67.

Two-time Selections: In addition to Leinart, four other players were named first-team All-Pac-10 for the second straight year. All come from the offensive side of the ball--TB Reggie Bush of USC, SE Mike Hass of Oregon State, and OT Ryan O'Callaghan and C Marvin Philip, both of California.

All-Academic: FS Darrell Brooks of Arizona was named a first-team selection on both the All-Pac-10 Team and the All-Academic Team. Brooks carries a 3.00 GPA in Public Administration. Two other players were first-team All-Academic and second-team All-Pac-10--TE Troy Bienemann of Washington State (3.73, Communications/Finance) and C Grayling Love of Arizona State (3.46, Business Finance).

Multi-Purpose Men: Reggie Bush of USC was voted first-team as a tailback and was a second-team pick as a punt returner. Maurice Drew of UCLA did it in reverse, second-team tailback and first-team punt returner.

Non-QB: TB Reggie Bush of USC is the first non-quarterback to win back-to-back Offensive Player of the Year honors since Washington State RB Rueben Mayes did it in 1984-85.

A First: Oregon DT Haloti Ngata is the first Duck ever to be named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year (the award started in 1975).

Men of Troy: All 11 starters on USC's offense received All-Pac-10 mention on either the first team, second team or honorable mention. Perhaps not surprising on a team that averages 48.6 points per game and leads the nation in total offense at 571.3 yards per contest.

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