Pac-10 Announces All-Conference Football Awards
Dec. 8, 2008
Walnut Creek, Calif. -
Offensive Player of the Year/Freshman of the Year: Jacquizz Rodgers, TB, Oregon St.
Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year: Rey Maualuga, MLB, USC
Coach of the Year: Mike Riley, Oregon State
Tailback Jacquizz Rodgers of Oregon State has been selected both Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year, middle linebacker Rey Maualuga of USC the Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year and Mike Riley of Oregon State the Pac-10 Coach of the Year. The award winners are selected by the Pac-10 head football coaches.
Offensive Player of the Year & Freshman of the Year Jacquizz Rodgers, TB, Oregon State: Rodgers becomes the first freshman in Conference history to be named offensive player of the year. The frosh from Richmond, Texas, burst upon the Pac-10 scene this year becoming just the third freshman to rush for 1,000 yards in Conference history. Rodgers took over as the starter in the second game of the season and caught the nation's attention in game four when he rushed for 186 yards and two touchdowns in Oregon State's 27-21 upset win against No. 1-ranked USC and its topflight defense. With a bowl game still to go, Rodgers has rushed 259 times for a Pac-10 freshman record 1,253 yards (4.8) and 11 touchdowns. He has added 29 receptions for 247 yards and one touchdown to give him an even 1,500 all-purpose yards for the season. Rodgers led the Beavers in rushing in nine of 11 games and surpassed the 100-yard mark seven times. He was named Pac-10 offensive player of the week three times and national player of the week following his performance against USC. Rodgers becomes the first Oregon State player to be named Pac-10 offensive player of the year since the award was inaugurated in 1975 and just the second player of the year overall from OSU, joining defensive end Bill Swancutt, who earned defensive player of the year honors in 2004.
Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year Rey Maualuga, MLB, USC: Maualuga, a senior from Eureka, Calif., anchors the USC defense that leads the Pac-10 in every major statistical category and leads the nation in scoring defense (7.8 points per game) and total defense (206.1 yards per game). The Trojan defense posted three shutouts this season and has allowed only 11 touchdowns in 12 games. Maualuga is a first-team All-Pac-10 selection for the third straight year and is a first-team All-America pick this season. The defensive player of the game in the Rose Bowl last season, Maualuga is a finalist for the Butkus Award, Lombardi Award and Bednarik Award. He leads the Trojans in tackles with 73 stops and has posted 267 career tackles. He led the Trojans in tackles in eight games this year. Maualuga is the second straight Trojan to earn Pac-10 defensive player of the year honors, following tackle Sedrick Ellis, who won the award last season
Coach of the Year Mike Riley, Oregon State: Oregon State had the fewest returning starters in the Pac-10 entering this season and was picked to finish seventh in the Conference. The Beavers promptly lost their first two games of the season to make that prediction look accurate. But a stunning upset of then top-ranked USC, still the only blemish on the Trojans' record this year, and an October-November win streak of six straight games before losing to rival Oregon in the Civil War in the season finale catapulted the Beavers to an 8-4 mark. Included was a record of 7-2 and a tie for second in Conference play, good for a berth in the Brut Sun Bowl. Riley has upped his eight-year record as head coach at Oregon State to 55-42, the third-most victories in OSU history behind Lon Stiner and Tommy Prothro. Riley becomes just the third Oregon State coach to be voted Pac-10 coach of the year, following Dave Kragthorpe in 1989 and current Arizona State coach Dennis Erickson in 2000.
In addition to individual awards, the Pac-10 coaches selected the 2008 All-Pac-10 Football Team that follows.
NOTES ON THE 2008 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, followed by Oregon and Oregon State with five each. Arizona and California were next with four each. Five of the 12 players named to the first-team defensive unit are Trojans.
By Class: Of the 29 first-team selections, 18 are seniors, five are juniors, five are sophomores and there is one freshman.
Unanimous: Three players were named on the first-team ballot of all 10 head coaches--SS Kevin Ellison of USC, TE Rob Gronkowski of Arizona and offensive player of the year TB Jacquizz Rodgers of Oregon State. Four additional players were named on nine of 10 first-team ballots--C Alex Mack of California and the USC trio of OLB Brian Cushing, MLB Rey Maualuga and QB Mark Sanchez.
Three-time Selections: C Alex Mack of California and defensive player of the year MLB Rey Maualuga of USC were named to the first-team for the third consecutive year.
Two-time Selections: In addition to Mack and Maualuga, six other players were named first-team All-Pac-10 for the second time with three of them being Ducks. Repeat first-teamers from last year are the Oregon trio of ROV Patrick Chung, DE Nick Reed and C Max Unger, along with SS Kevin Ellison of USC, WR Mike Thomas of Arizona and TB Jahvid Best of California, who was named as a special teams performer last year.
Double Dippers: Patrick Chung of Oregon is a double first-teamer, being named on both defense and as the first-team special teams performer (non-kicker or returner). Plus first-team wide receiver picks Mike Thomas of Arizona and Sammie Stroughter of Oregon State also were voted onto the team as punt returners (Thomas first team, Stroughter second team).
Oh Brother: While Oregon State freshman TB Jacquizz Rodgers was named Pac-10 offensive player of the year and first-team All-Pac-10 running back, his brother, sophomore WR James Rodgers, was named to the first-team as a kick returner.
All-Academic: Five players were named to the first team on both the All-Pac-10 Team and the Pac-10 All-Academic Football Team--C Alex Mack of California, P Aaron Perez of UCLA, DE Nick Reed of Oregon, WR Sammie Stroughter of Oregon State and QB Mark Sanchez of USC. In addition, DE Clay Matthews of USC and CB Alterraun Verner of UCLA were named first-team All-Academic and second-team All-Pac-10.
2008 ALL-PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE FOOTBALL TEAM
First Team Offense Second Team Offense
QB Mark Sanchez, Jr., USC QB Willie Tuitama, Sr., Arizona RB Jacquizz Rodgers, Fr., Oregon State RB Toby Gerhart, Jr., Stanford RB Jahvid Best, So., California RB Jeremiah Johnson, Sr., Oregon WR Mike Thomas, Sr., Arizona WR Patrick Turner, Sr., USC WR Sammie Stroughter, Sr., Oregon State WR Michael Jones, Sr., Arizona State TE Rob Gronkowski, So., Arizona TE Ed Dickson, Jr., Oregon OL Alex Mack, Sr., California TE Ryan Moya, Jr., UCLA OL Andy Levitre, Sr., Oregon State OL Alex Fletcher, Sr., Stanford OL Max Unger, Sr., Oregon OL Adam Speer, Sr., Oregon State OL Eben Britton, Jr., Arizona OL Fenuki Tupou, Sr., Oregon OL Ben Muth, Sr., Stanford OL Jeff Byers, Sr., USC OL Kristofer O'Dowd, So., USC OL Noris Malele, Sr., California
First Team Defense Second Team Defense
DL Nick Reed, Sr., Oregon DL Tyson Alualu, Jr., California DL Fili Moala, Sr., USC DL Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, Jr., Washington DL Brian Price, So., UCLA DL Brigham Harwell, Sr., UCLA DL Victor Butler, Sr., Oregon State DL Clay Matthews, Sr., USC LB Brian Cushing, Sr., USC LB Kaluka Maiava, Sr., USC LB Rey Maualuga, Sr., USC LB Keaton Kristick, Jr., Oregon State LB Zack Follett, Sr., California LB Reggie Carter, Jr., UCLA DB Kevin Ellison, Sr., USC DB Alterraun Verner, Jr., UCLA DB Syd'Quan Thompson, Jr., California DB Brandon Hughes, Sr., Oregon State DB Taylor Mays, Jr., USC DB Troy Nolan, Sr., Arizona State DB Jairus Byrd, Jr., Oregon DB Greg Laybourn, Sr., Oregon State DB Patrick Chung, Sr., Oregon DB Devin Ross, Jr., Arizona
First Team Specialists Second Team Specialists
PK David Buehler, Sr., USC PK Kai Forbath, So., UCLA P Aaron Perez, Sr., UCLA P Bryan Anger, Fr., California KOR James Rodgers, So., Oregon State KOR Terrence Austin, Jr., UCLA PR Mike Thomas, Sr., Arizona PR Sammie Stroughter, Sr., Oregon State ST Patrick Chung, Sr., Oregon ST Wopamo Osaisai, Sr., Stanford
ST=special teams player (not a kicker or returner)
Offensive Player of the Year: Jacquizz Rodgers, TB, Fr., Oregon StatePat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year: Rey Maualuga, MLB, Sr., USCFreshman of the Year: Jacquizz Rodgers, TB, Oregon StateCoach of the Year: Mike Riley, Oregon State
ARIZONA: C Colin Baxter, So.; PK Jason Bondzio, Sr.; P Keenyn Crier, So.; RB Nic Grigsby, So.; DT Earl Mitchell, Jr.; SS Cam Nelson, Jr.; MLB Ronnie Palmer, Sr.; DE Brooks Reed, So.
ARIZONA STATE: QB Rudy Carpenter, Sr.; DE Dexter Davis, Jr.; DT Lawrence Guy, Fr.; OT Shawn Lauvao, Jr.; OLB Mike Nixon, Jr.; DE Luis Vasquez, Sr.; PK Thomas Weber, So.; KR Kyle Williams, Jr.
CALIFORNIA: ILB Anthony Felder, Sr.; DE Cameron Jordan, So.; OLB Mike Mohamed, So.; FB Will Ta'ufo'ou, Sr.; ILB Worrell Williams, Sr.
OREGON: RB LeGarrette Blount, Jr.; OLB Jerome Boyd, Sr.,; OG Mark Lewis, Sr.; WR Terence Scott, Sr.; P Josh Syria, Sr.; DE Will Tukuafu, Jr.; FS T.J. Ward, Jr.
OREGON STATE: S Al Afalava, Sr.; CB Keenan Lewis, Sr.; QB Lyle Moevao, Jr.; WR Shane Morales, Sr.; DE Slade Norris, Sr.; DT Stephen Paea, So.
STANFORD: DE Tom Keiser, Fr.; DE Erik Lorig, Jr. ; FB Owen Marecic, So.; OT Chris Marinelli, Jr.; OLB Pat Maynor, Sr.; PK Aaron Zagory, Sr.
UCLA: OLB Akeem Ayers, Fr.; FS Rahim Moore, Fr.; CB Michael Norris, Sr.
USC: OT Charles Brown, Jr.; CB Cary Harris, Sr.; TE Anthony McCoy, Jr; TB Joe McKnight, So.; DE Kyle Moore, Sr.; CB Josh Pinkard, Sr.; FL Damian Williams, So.
WASHINGTON: OLB Mason Foster, So.; C Juan Garcia, Sr.; WR D'Andre Goodwin, So.; S Nate Williams, So.
WASHINGTON STATE: C Kenny Alfred, Jr.; WR Brandon Gibson, Sr.; MLB Greg Trent, Sr.