Ngata and O'Callaghan Named 26th Morris Trophy Winners
Dec. 9, 2005
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata of Oregon and offensive tackle Ryan O'Callaghan of California have been named winners of the 26th annual Morris Trophy.
The Morris Trophy is a unique award given to the outstanding offensive and defensive linemen in the Pacific-10 Conference. What makes the award unique is the selection procedure, which has the starting offensive linemen in the Conference voting for the defensive winner and vice versa. It is truly a players' award.
Ngata, a 6-foot-5, 340-pound junior from Salt Lake City, Utah, was the rock in the middle of the Oregon defense that played a key role in the Ducks' 10-1 regular-season 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 posted nine tackles for loss and three quarterback sacks and has blocked two kicks. Ngata, a first-team All-America selection, was named the Pat Tillman Co-Defensive Player of the Year in the Pac-10 in voting by the league's head football coaches and was a finalist for both the Outland Trophy and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy. It marks the second year in a row an Oregon Duck has been named a Morris Trophy winner as offensive tackle Adam Snyder, currently a starter with the San Francisco 49ers, earned the honor last season. Ngata is just the second Oregon defensive lineman to win the award as Vince Goldsmith won the inaugural award in 1980.
O'Callaghan, a 6-foot-7, 360-pound senior from Redding, Calif., has started at right tackle for California the last three seasons and has been voted first-team All-Pac-10 Conference by the head football coaches the last two years. He, along with the rest of his offensive line mates, is a key reason the Golden Bears have finished either first or second in the Pac-10 in rushing the last two years. O'Callaghan becomes just the second California player to win the offensive award, following Todd Steussie, who won in 1993.
Ngata and O'Callaghan will be presented their awards at a luncheon at the prestigious Washington Athletic Club in Seattle on January 19, 2006. The Morris Trophy is sponsored by the Morris Family of Woodway, Wash., and the Washington Athletic Club.
Previous Morris Trophy Winners
|1980||Roy Foster, USC||Vince Goldsmith, Oregon|
|1981||Roy Foster, USC||Fletcher Jenkins, Washington|
|1982||Bruce Matthews, USC||George Achica, USC|
|1983||Gary Zimmerman, Oregon||Keith Millard, Washington State|
|1984||Dan Lynch, Washington State||Ron Holmes, Washington|
|1985||Jeff Bregel, USC||Erik Howard, Washington State|
|1986||Danny Villa, Arizona State||Reggie Rogers, Washington|
|1987||Randall McDaniel, Arizona State||Dana Wells, Arizona|
|1988||Joe Tofflemire, Arizona||Dana Wells, Arizona|
|1989||Bern Brostek, Washington||Esera Tuaolo, Oregon State|
|1990||Pat Harlow, USC||Steve Emtman, Washington|
|1991||Lincoln Kennedy, Washington||Steve Emtman, Washington|
|1992||Lincoln Kennedy, Washington||Rob Waldrop, Arizona|
|1993||Todd Steussie, California||D'Marco Farr, Washington|
|1994||Tony Boselli, USC||Chad Eaton, Washington State|
|1995||Jonathan Ogden, UCLA||Tedy Bruschi, Arizona|
|1996||Bob Sapp, Washington||Darrell Russell, USC|
|1997||Olin Kreutz, Washington||Jeremy Staat, Arizona State|
|1998||Yusuf Scott, Arizona||Inoke Breckterfield, Oregon State|
|1999||Travis Claridge, USC||Willie Howard, Stanford|
|2000||Chad Ward, Washington||Andre Carter, California|
|2001||Levi Jones, Arizona State||Kenyon Coleman, UCLA|
|2002||Kwame Harris, Stanford||Terrell Suggs, Arizona State|
|2003||Jacob Rogers, USC||Dave Ball, UCLA|
|2004||Adam Snyder, Oregon||Bill Swancutt, Oregon State|
|2005||Ryan O'Callaghan, California||Haloti Ngata, Oregon|