UCLA's Ball, USC's Rogers Win Morris Trophy
BALL AND ROGERS NAMED MORRIS TROPHY WINNERS
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--Defensive end Dave Ball of UCLA and offensive tackle Jacob Rogers of USC have been named winners of the 24th 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.
Ball, a 6-foot-6, 275-pound senior from Dixon, Calif., is the national leader in quarterback sacks with 16.5. He leads the Pac-10 in tackles for loss (20.5) as well as sacks and ranks second in the Conference in fumbles forced with five. His 16.5 quarterback sacks established a UCLA season record and he also holds the Bruin career record at 30.5. Ball has already been named a first-team All-America selection by both the American Football Coaches Association and the Football Writers Association of America. He was a unanimous All-Pac-10 selection and was voted the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year by the league's head coaches. He is a finalist for three major awards--the Bronko Nagurski Award (top defensive player), the Rotary Lombardi Awards (top lineman) and the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award.
Rogers, a 6-foot-6, 305-pound senior from Oxnard, Calif., becomes the eighth USC offensive lineman to win the Morris Trophy in the 24-year history of the award. Rogers is recognized as one of the top offensive linemen in the country after three years of starting at the left tackle spot for the Trojans. He is a two-time first-team All-Pac-10 selection and was a unanimous pick to the team this season in voting conducted by the league's head coaches. Rogers also has been named a first-team All-America selection by both the American Football Coaches Association and the Football Writers Association of America.
PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE--Named defensive end Dave Ball of UCLA and offensive tackle Jacob Rogers of USC as winners of the Morris Trophy as outstanding defensive and offensive linemen in the Conference.
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 2002 Kwame Harris, Stanford Terrell Suggs, Arizona State 2003 Jacob Rogers, USC Dave Ball, UCLA
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