Paea Earns Prestigious Pac-10 Honor/James Rodgers AP All-American
Dec. 15, 2009
Corvallis, Ore. -
Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea has been named the co-recipient of the 30th annual Morris Trophy. The native of Tonga shared the honor with USC offensive tackle Charles Brown.
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.
Earlier this month Paea was selected a Pac-10 Conference First Team selection. He finished the regular season with 41 tackles, shared the team lead for tackles-for-loss with Keaton Kristick and Dwight Roberson with 7.5, led the team for quarterback sacks with three and tied an OSU record with four forced fumbles. Paea is the fourth defensive lineman from OSU to earn the honor, joining Esera Tuaolo in 1989, Inoke Breckterfield in 1998 and Bill Swancutt in 2004.
Also Tuesday, junior wide receiver and returner James Rodgers earned Associated Press Second Team All-America and his brother running back Jacquizz Rodgers earned Third Team. James, a Pac-10 First Team selection, is three receptions shy of former Beaver Mike Hass’ single season school record 90 in 2005. He also is second at OSU for career all-purpose yards with 4,962. Jacquizz was also a Pac-10 First Team selection this season for the second straight year.
No. 16 Oregon State has returned to the practice field in preparation for its school-record fourth consecutive bowl game. The Beavers are the first ranked Pac-10 team to ever play in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas and will face the No. 14 BYU Cougars Tues., Dec. 22. The team will practice in Corvallis Dec. 14-18, before embarking for Las Vegas.
Oregon State is headed for a school record fourth straight bowl game when the Beavers play in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Dec. 22. Tickets are available by calling 1-800-GOBEAVS or online at osubeavers.com. MAACO Bowl Las Vegas tickets are $50 each and each order will have a $35 handling charge. All ticket orders will be allocated using Beaver Athletic Student Fund (BASF) order priority.