Coleman and Jones Named Morris Trophy Winners
Dec. 10, 2001
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--Defensive end Kenyon Coleman of UCLA and offensive tackle Levi Jones of Arizona State have been named winners of the 22nd 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.
Coleman, a 6-foot-6, 276-pound senior from Alta Loma, Calif., becomes the first UCLA defensive player in the 22-year history of the Morris Trophy to win the award. Coleman returned from a serious knee injury in 2000 to start all 11 games this year and earn first-team All-Pac-10 honors. He led UCLA and was among the Pac-10 leaders with nine quarterback sacks and 15 tackles for loss. Coleman was a key component of a UCLA defense that led the Pac-10 in total defense and fewest first downs allowed and ranked in the top three in scoring defense, rushing defense and passing defense.
Jones, a 6-foot-6, 316-pound senior from Eloy, Ariz., was selected first-team All-Pac-10 and second-team All-America this season after completing a stellar season at left tackle on the Arizona State offensive line. He has started 35 games for the Sun Devils in his career and this season earned the Clyde B. Smith Award for academic achievement. He has been invited to play in the East-West Shrine Game and the Hula Bowl. The Arizona State offense ranked third in the Pac-10 in scoring at 34.0 points per game. Jones becomes the third Arizona State offensive lineman to win the award, but the first since Randall McDaniel in 1987.
Jones and Coleman will be presented their awards at the prestigious PALO Club Million Dollar Awards Banquet at Santa Clara, Calif., on February 12, 2002.
Previous Morris Trophy Winners
Year Offense Defense 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