All-Pac-10 Conference Football Team
Nov. 27, 2000
PAC-10 FOOTBALL AWARDS AND ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM ANNOUNCEDOFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR - MARQUES TUIASOSOPO, QB, WASHINGTONDEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR - ADAM ARCHULETA, OLB, ARIZONA STATEFRESHMAN OF THE YEAR - TERRELL SUGGS, DE, ARIZONA STATECOACH OF THE YEAR - DENNIS ERICKSON, OREGON STATE
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--Quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo of Washington and linebacker Adam Archuleta of Arizona State have been named Pac-10 Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today. In addition, Arizona State defensive end Terrell Suggs was named Freshman of the Year and Dennis Erickson of Oregon State was named Coach of theYear. The award winners are selected by the Pac-10 head football coaches.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR MARQUES TUIASOSOPO OF WASHINGTON: Tuiasosopo, a senior from Woodinville, Wash., led Washington to a 10-1 season, a No. 4 national ranking, a Pac-10 co-championship and the Huskies' first Rose Bowl berth since 1992. He used his arm, legs and head in leading the UW squad. Tuiasosopo completed 52.6% of his passes for 2,146 yards and 14 touchdowns. He added 394 yards rushing, more than twice the rushing yardage of any other Conference quarterback, to average 230.9 yards total offense per game. But more than the stats, Tuiasosopo was able to lead Washington to come-from-behind victories and wins in close games. Seven of the Huskies' 10 wins came by a touchdown or less and UW trailed in eight of the 10 victories. Washington won 10 games for the first time since 1991 with the only loss of the season coming by seven points on the road at No. 9-ranked Oregon. Tuiasosopo is the Washington career leader in total offense and 200-yard passing games and is the first Husky quarterback to post back-to-back 2,000-yard passing seasons since Sonny Sixkiller in 1979-71, a remarkable number considering UW currently has six quarterbacks playing in the National Football League, more than any other school. Tuiasosopo is a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award. He is the first Husky to be named Pac-10 offensive player of the year since tailback Napoleon Kaufman in 1994. Tuiasosopo follows in the footsteps of his father, Manu Tuiasosopo, who was a three-time All-Conference defensive lineman at UCLA (1976-78).
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR ADAM ARCHULETA OF ARIZONA STATE: Archuleta, a senior from Chandler, Ariz., led the Pac-10 in tackles this season after ranking second in 1999. The two-time All-Pac-10 outside linebacker posted 119 stops, an average of 10.8 per game. He also led the Conference in unassisted tackles by a large margin with 86 solo stops. Archuleta posted double figures in tackles in six of 11 games and had 16-tackle efforts against both UCLA and USC. He was credited with 14 tackles for loss with at least one in nine of 11 games and 23 of his last 28 career games. Archuleta is a semifinalist for the Butkus Award and the Football News Defensive Player of the Year Award.
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR TERRELL SUGGS OF ARIZONA STATE: Suggs, from Chandler, Ariz., became just the second true freshman in ASU history, and first since 1974, to start the first game of his career, and he showed he belonged. Suggs led Sun Devil linemen in tackles with 45 and led the ASU defense, and was among the Pac-10 leaders, in both tackles for loss and quarterback sacks. He ranked tied for third in the Pac-10 in quarterback sacks with 10 for -60 yards and was seventh in tackles for loss with 16 for -72 yards. Suggs showed a penchant for the big defensive play as he forced four fumbles and scored touchdowns on both a fumble recovery and an 48-yard interception return.
COACH OF THE YEAR DENNIS ERICKSON OF OREGON STATE: Erickson, in his second year as Oregon State head coach, led the Beavers to a season that seemed unthinkable just a few years ago. Oregon State finished at 10-1 and Pac-10 co-champions. It marked the Beavers first-ever 10-win regular season and first Conference crown since 1964. OSU is currently ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press poll, the Beavers' highest-ever ranking. Oregon State will be going to back-to-back bowl games for the first time ever. OSU's only blemish on the season is a three-point loss on the road at No. 4-ranked Washington. Under Erickson's direction, Oregon State led the Pac-10 in both scoring offense (32.6) and scoring defense (18.5), as well as total defense (314.4) and turnover margin (+16). The Beavers put up 30 or more points in seven of eight Conference games. Although in just his second year at Oregon State, Erickson is the seventh-winningest active Division IA active college head coach with a winning percentage of .737 on a record of 130-46-1. It marks the second time Erickson has been named Pac-10 Coach of the Year, having also achieved the honor at Washington State in 1988. He joins Bruce Snyder as the only coach to be named coach of the year at two different Pac-10 institutions. Erickson also has been named coach of the year in the Big East and Big Sky Conferences.
PAC-10 CONFERENCE: Named quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo of Washington offensive player of the year, linebacker Adam Archuleta of Arizona State defensive player of the year, defensive end Terrell Suggs of Arizona State freshman of the year and Dennis Erickson of Oregon State coach of the year.
2000 ALL-PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE FOOTBALL TEAM
First Team Offense Second Team Offense
QB Marques Tuiasosopo, Sr., Washington QB Joey Harrington, Jr., Oregon RB Ken Simonton, Jr., Oregon State RB Maurice Morris, Jr., Oregon RB DeShaun Foster, Jr., UCLA RB Sultan McCullough, So., USC WR DeRonnie Pitts, Sr., Stanford WR Milton Wynn, Jr., Washington State WR Freddie Mitchell, Jr., UCLA WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Sr., Oregon State TE Todd Heap, Jr., Arizona State TE Jerramy Stevens, So., Washington OL Chris Gibson, Jr., Oregon State OL Lee Gundy, Sr., Oregon OL Victor Leyva, Sr., Arizona State OL Eric Heitmann, Jr., Stanford OL Scott Peters, Jr., Arizona State OL Mitch White, Sr., Oregon State OL Elliot Silvers, Sr., Washington OL Marques McFadden, Sr., Arizona OL Chad Ward, Sr., Washington OL Levi Jones, Jr., Arizona State OL Brandon Ludwig, So., California
First Team Defense Second Team Defense
DE Andre Carter, Sr., California DE Saul Patu, Sr., Oregon DT Willie Howard, Sr., Stanford DT Jacob Waasdorp, Sr., California DT Larry Tripplett, Jr., Washington DT Ennis Davis, Sr., USC DE DeLawrence Grant, Sr., Oregon State DE Joe Tafoya, Sr., Arizona LB Adam Archuleta, Sr., Arizona State LB Zeke Moreno, Sr., USC LB Lance Briggs, So., Arizona LB Darnell Robinson, Sr., Oregon State LB Riall Johnson, Sr., Stanford LB Robert Thomas, Sr., UCLA DB Dennis Weathersby, So., Oregon State DB Curtis Williams, So., Washington DB Rashad Bauman, Jr., Oregon DB Tank Williams, Jr., Stanford DB Ricky Manning, So., UCLA DB Michael Jolivette, Fr., Arizona DB Hakim Akbar, Jr., Washington DB Terrance Carroll, Sr., Oregon State DB Billy Newman, Jr., Washington State
First Team Specialists Second Team Specialists
PK Ryan Cesca, So., Oregon State PK Chris Griffith, So., UCLA P Nick Harris, Sr., California P Nate Fikse, So., UCLA RS Bobby Wade, So., Arizona RS Jemeel Powell, So., California ST Jermaine Hanspard, Sr., Oregon ST Peter Hansen, Jr., Arizona
RS=return specialistST=special teams player (non-kicker or return man)
Offensive Player of the Year: Marques Tuiasosopo, QB, Sr., WashingtonDefensive Player of the Year: Adam Archuleta, OLB, Sr., Arizona StateFreshman of the Year: Terrell Suggs, DE, Arizona StateCoach of the Year: Dennis Erickson, Oregon State
ARIZONA: Keoni Fraser, DT, Jr., Idris Haroon, DE, Sr., Ortege Jenkins, QB, Sr., Sean Keel, PK, So., Brandon Manumaleuna, TE, Sr., Antonio Pierce, ILB, Sr., Bobby Wade, WR, So. (note: first-team selection as return specialist), Bruce Wiggins, C, Sr.
ARIZONA STATE: Solomon Bates, MLB, So., Nijrell Eason, CB, Sr., Nick Murphy, P, Jr., Donnie O'Neal, WR, Jr., Alfred Williams, FS, So.
CALIFORNIA: Reed Diehl, C, Sr., Scott Fujita, OLB, Jr., Joe Igber, TB, So., Chidi Iwuoma, CB, Sr., Matt Nixon, ILB, So., Jemeel Powell, CB, So. (note: second-team selection as return specialist), Mark Wilson, OT, Fr.
OREGON: Jim Adams, OT, Jr., Jed Boice, DT, Sr., Kurtis Doerr, P, Sr., Keenan Howry, WR, So., Jason Nikolao, DE, Sr., Justin Peelle, TE, Jr., Garrett Sabol, OLB, Sr., Matt Smith, MLB, Sr., Steve Smith, CB, Jr., Marshaun Tucker, WR, Sr.
OREGON STATE: Keith Heyward-Johnson, CB, Sr., LaDarius Jackson, DE, Sr., Chad Johnson, SE, Sr., Martin Maurer, TE, Sr., Robert Prescott, WR, Sr., Jonathan Smith, QB, Jr.
STANFORD: Emory Brock, ST, Sr., Coy Wire, ILB, Sr.
UCLA: Marques Anderson, SS, Jr., Oscar Cabrera, OG, Sr., Rodney Leisle, DT, Fr., Brian Poli-Dixon, SE, Jr.
USC: Antoine Harris, TE, Sr., Brent McCaffrey, OT, Sr., Troy Polamalu, SS, So.
WASHINGTON: Derrell Daniels, ILB, Sr., Jeremiah Pharms, OLB, Sr.
WASHINGTON STATE: Jason Gesser, So., WSU, Tomasi Kongaika, DT, So., Derrick Roche, OG, So., Roanall Smith, OLB, Jr., Marcus Trufant, CB, So.
NOTES ON THE 2000 ALL-PAC-10 FOOTBALL TEAM
Selection Procedures: The All-Pac-10 Team is selected by the Pac-10 head football coaches.
By School: Oregon State and Washington placed the most players on the first team with five selections each. Arizona State was next with four, followed by Stanford and UCLA with three.
By Class: The future looks bright for the Coference as 14 of the 26 first-team selections are non-seniors. Of the 26 first-team selections, 12 are seniors, nine are juniors and five are sophomores. No freshmen made the first team.
Unanimous: Two players--defensive end Andre Carter of California and tailback Ken Simonton of Oregon State--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 Adam Archuleta and tight end Todd Heap of Arizona State, defensive end Andre Carter and punter Nick Harris of California and defensive tackle Willie Howard of Stanford.
Classroom Star: Cornerback Dennis Weathersby pulled off the difficult double of being named first-team on the the All-Conference and the All-Academic football teams. Weathersby carries a 3.32 GPA.
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