This Week in Pac-10 Football

Dec. 6, 2004

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TROJANS CLAIM PAC-10 TITLE AND FEDEX ORANGE BOWL BERTH: USC has claimed its third consecutive Pac-10 crown and will take its No. 1 ranking into the BCS National Championship Game against Oklahoma in the FedEx Orange Bowl. Four other Pac-10 teams have earned bowl berths and will spend the holidays competing in the postseason.


Day/Date/Time (PT)  Bowl Game                     Opponents                   TVThu., Dec. 23 6:45  Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas  UCLA (6-5) vs. Wyoming (6-5)        ESPNTue., Dec. 28 6:30  Insight Bowl                  Oregon State (6-5) vs. Notre Dame (6-5) ESPNThu., Dec. 30 5:00  Pacific Life Holiday Bowl     California (10-1) vs. Texas Tech (7-4) ESPNFri., Dec. 31 12:00 Vitalis Sun Bowl              Arizona State (8-3) vs. Purdue (7-4)     CBSThu., Jan. 4  5:00  FedEx Orange Bowl             USC (12-0) vs. Oklahoma (12-0)      ABC

PAC-10 IN THE POLLS: Two Pac-10 teams--USC and California--in the top four in the polls, with the Trojans maintaining their top ranking and California at No. 4 garnering its best ranking since 1952. Arizona State is also in the Top 25 in all the polls and rankings. Following are the rankings of Pac-10 teams in the AP (media), ESPN/USA Today (coaches) polls and the BCS rankings:

USA/ Team AP ESPN BCS USC (12-0) 1 1 1 California (10-1) 4 4 5 Arizona State (8-3) 21 24 19


First Team Offense                         Second Team Offense

QB Aaron Rodgers, Jr., California QB Andrew Walter, Grad., Arizona StateQB Matt Leinart, Jr., USC QB Derek Anderson, Sr., Oregon StateRB J.J. Arrington, Sr., California RB LenDale White, So., USCRB Reggie Bush, So., USC RB Maurice Drew, So., UCLAWR Mike Hass, Jr., Oregon State WR Derek Hagan, Jr., Arizona StateWR Geoff McArthur, Sr., California WR Jason Hill, So., Washington StateTE Alex Smith, Sr., Stanford TE Tim Day, Jr., Oregon TE Marcedes Lewis, Jr., UCLAC Marvin Philip, Jr., California C Mike McCloskey, Jr., UCLAOL Calvin Armstrong, Sr., Washington State OL Sam Lightbody, Sr., Washington StateOL Ryan O'Callaghan, Jr., California OL Steven Vieira, Sr., UCLAOL Grayling Love, Jr., Arizona State OL Sam Baker, Fr., USCOL Doug Nienhuis, Sr., Oregon State OL Andrew Carnahan, Sr., Arizona StateOL Adam Snyder, Sr., Oregon

First Team Defense Second Team Defense

DL Bill Swancutt, Sr., Oregon State DL Haloti Ngata, So., OregonDL Mike Patterson, Sr., USC DL Jimmy Verdon, Sr., Arizona StateDL Shaun Cody, Sr., USC DL Manase Hopoi, Sr., WashingtonDL Ryan Riddle, Sr., California DL Lorenzo Alexander, Sr., CaliforniaLB Matt Grootegoed, Sr., USC LB Will Derting, Jr., Washington StateLB Lofa Tatupu, Jr., USC LB Spencer Havner, Jr., UCLALB Wendell Hunter, Sr., California LB Jon Alston, Jr., Stanford LB Trent Bray, Jr., Oregon StateDB Mitch Meeuwsen, Sr., Oregon State DB Darrell Brooks, Jr., ArizonaDB Matt Clark, Sr., UCLA DB Aric Williams, Sr., Oregon StateDB Matt Giordano, Sr., California DB Darnell Bing, So., USCDB Riccardo Stewart, Sr., Arizona State DB Brandon Browner, So., Oregon State

First Team Specialists Second Team Specialists

PK Justin Medlock, So., UCLA PK Alexis Serna, Fr., Oregon StateP Tom Malone, Jr., USC P Chris Kluwe, Sr., UCLAKOR T.J. Rushing, Jr., Stanford KOR Reggie Bush, So., USCPR Reggie Bush, So., USC PR Maurice Drew, So., UCLA PR Michael Bumpus, Fr., Washington StateST Michael Okwo, So., Stanford ST Desmond Reed, Fr., USCST Byron Storer, So., California

ST=special teams player (not a kicker or returner)

Co-Offensive Players of the Year: Matt Lienart, QB, Jr., USC                                  Reggie Bush, TB, So., USCPat Tillman Co-Defensive Players of the Year:  Bill Swancutt, DE, Sr., Oregon State                                               Shaun Cody, DT, Sr., USCFreshman of the Year:  Zach Miller, TE, Arizona StateCoach of the Year:  Jeff Tedford, California

Honorable Mention

ARIZONA: RB Mike Bell, Jr.; CB Antoine Cason, Fr.; TE Steve Fleming, Sr.; C Keoki Fraser, Sr.; KR Syndric Steptoe, So.

ARIZONA STATE: PK Jesse Ainsworth, So.; MLB Justin Burks, Sr.; C Drew Hodgdon, Grad.; WR Terry Richardson, So.; OLB Dale Robinson, Jr.; OLB Jamar Williams, Jr.

CALIFORNIA: OT Andrew Cameron, So.; OG Jonathan Giesel, Sr.; FS Ryan Gutierrez, Sr.; MLB Joe Maningo, Sr.; ST Mike McGrath, Sr.; NT Brandon Mebane, So.; OG Aaron Merz, Jr.; CB Harrison Smith, Jr.

OREGON: QB Kellen Clemens, Jr.; CB Aaron Gipson, Jr.; DE Devan Long, Jr.; MLB Jerry Matson, Sr.; PR Justin Phinisee, Jr.; OG Nick Steitz, Sr.; TB Terrence Whitehead, Jr.

OREGON STATE: C Matt Brock, Sr.; OLB Keith Ellison, Jr.; TE Joe Newton, So.; P Sam Paulescu, Jr.; SS Sabby Piscitelli, So.; OLB Jonathan Pollard, Sr.; TB Dwight Wright, Sr.

STANFORD: FS Oshimogho Atogwe, Sr.; DT Julian Jenkins, Jr.; FL Evan Moore, So.; NT Babatunde Oshinowo, Jr.; ILB Kevin Schimmelman, Jr.; CB Stanley Wilson, Sr.

UCLA: FL Craig Bragg, Sr.; OT Paul Molicer, Sr.; SS Jarrad Page, Jr.; FB Michael Pitre, Fr.; TB Manuel White, Sr.

USC: TE Dominique Byrd, Jr.; TE Alex Holmes, Sr.; SE Dwayne Jarrett, Fr.; FS Jason Leach, Sr.; OLB Dallas Sartz, Jr.; DT Manuel Wright, So.; CB Justin Wyatt, Jr.

WASHINGTON: CB Derrick Johnson, Sr.; ILB Joe Lobendahn, Jr.

WASHINGTON STATE: P Kyle Basler, Jr.; OLB Scott Davis., So.; RB Jerome Harrison, Jr.; C Nick Mihlhauser, Jr.; CB Karl Paymah, Sr.


Selection Procedures: The All-Pac-10 Team is selected by the Pac-10 head football coaches.

By School: California and USC placed the most players on the first team with eight selections each. Oregon State was next with four, followed by Stanford with three.

By Class: Of the 29 first-team selections, 16 are seniors, nine are juniors and four are sophomores. No freshmen made the first team.

Unanimous: DE Bill Swancutt of Oregon State was the only player named on the first-team ballot of all 10 coaches.

Two-time Selections: Seven players were voted first-team selections for the second time and five of the seven were from USC. Trojans making the first team for the second time were DT Shaun Cody, OLB Matt Grootegoed (2002), QB Matt Leinart, P Tom Malone and DT Mike Patterson. The other two-timers are OT Calvin Armstrong (2002) of Washington State and OT Adam Snyder of Oregon.

All-Academic: OG Grayling Love of Arizona State and DE Bill Swancutt of Oregon State were named to the first-team on both the All-Conference Team and the Pac-10 All-Academic Team. Love boasts a 3.48 GPA in Finance, Swancutt carries a 3.11 in Business.

Multi-Purpose Man: Reggie Bush of USC was voted first-team as a tailback and a punt returner and was a second-team pick as a kickoff returner, as well as being named co-offensive player of the year. Maurice Drew of UCLA also found his way on to the team twice as a second-team tailback and punt returner.

Some Firsts: Oregon State DE Bill Swancutt is the first Beaver to be named Pac-10 Player of the Year in football (the award started in 1975). Shaun Cody of USC is the first Trojan down lineman to be named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year and the fourth USC defender overall to win the award.

Leinart a Two-Timer: USC QB is just the fourth player, and only the second quarterback, to be a two-time selection as Player of the Year. The other QB was Stanford's John Elway in 1980 and 1982. Also two-time winners of the award were USC RB Charles White (1978-79) and Washington State RB Rueben Mayes (1984-85), the most recent to do it.

Golden Bear O-Line: All five starters on California's offensive line received All-Pac-10 notice. Center Marvin Philip and tackle Ryan O'Callaghan were first-team selections. Guards Jonathan Giesel and Aaron Merz and tackle Andrew Cameron were named honorable mention. Of the fivesome, only Giesel is a senior.

And the Beaver DBs: All four starters in Oregon State's defensive backfield received All-Conference mention. FS Mitch Meeuwsen was voted first-team, CBs Aric Williams and Brandon Browner were named second team and SS Sabby Piscitelli was honorable mention.

And the Beaver DBs: All four starters in Oregon State's defensive backfield received All-Conference mention. FS Mitch Meeuwsen was voted first-team, CBs Aric Williams and Brandon Browner were named second team and SS Sabby Piscitelli was honorable mention.

Longest overall winning streak - 21 games - USC
Longest Conference-game winning streak - 15 games - USC
Longest home winning streak - 21 games - USC
Longest road winning streak - 9 games - USC

OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: With only the post-season bowl games remaining, the Pac-10 has recorded a mark of 20-11 (.645) against non-conference foes.

PAC-10 ON THE WEB: Pac-10 releases and other information, as well as links to all the league's schools, can be found online by pointing your browser to

2004 U.S. Bank Pac-10 Players of the WeekWeek             Offense                 Defense                    Special TeamsSep. 4           Reggie Bush, TB, USC    Antoine Cason, CB, ARIZ    Kyle Basler, P, WSUSep. 11          Mike Hass, SE, OSU      Dale Robinson, OLB, ASU    T.J. Rushing, KR, STANSep. 18          Maurice Drew, TB, UCLA  Jamar Williams, OLB, ASU   Jesse Ainsworth, PK, ASUSep. 25          Matt Leinart, QB, USC   Emmanuel Franklin, S, ASU  Kyle Basler, P, WSUOct. 2           Chase Lyman, WR, CAL    Spencer Havner, ILB, UCLA   Justin Medlock, PK, UCLAOct. 9           Aaron Rodgers, QB, CAL  Mike Patterson, DT, USC    Ryan Killeen, PK, USCOct. 16          J.J. Arrington, RB, CAL Oshiomogho Atogwe, FS, STAN    Alexis Serna, PK, OSUOct. 23          Andrew Walter, QB, ASU  Wendell Hunter, OLB, CAL    Jared Siegel, PK, OREOct. 30          J.J. Arrington, RB, CAL Spencer Havner, ILB, UCLA   Maurice Drew, PR, UCLANov. 6           Andrew Walter, QB, ASU  Wilrey Fontenot, CB, ARIZ  Reggie Bush, KR, USC                 Jerome Harrison, RB, WSUNov. 13          Chris Markey, TB, ASU   Wendell Hunter, OLB, CAL   Justin Medlock, PK, UCLANov. 20          Derek Anderson, QB, OSU Bill Swancutt, DE, OSU   Alexis Serna, PK, OSU



Pos. Name, School Yr. GPA MajorQB Casey Paus, Washington Jr. 3.28 ArtRB Kris Bonifas, Stanford Jr. 3.17 Science, Technology & SocietyRB James Sims, Washington Jr. 3.40 LiteratureWR Greg Camarillo, Stanford Sr. 3.29 EngineeringWR Evan Moore, Stanford So. 3.23 UndeclaredTE Troy Bienemann, Washington State (2) Jr. 3.75 CommunicationsOL Matt Brock, Oregon State (2) Sr. 3.45 PsychologyOL Riley Fitt-Chappell, Washington State Jr. 3.49 Management Information SystemsOL Jonathan Giesel, California (2) Grad. 3.47 Religious Studies/EducationOL Derek Joyce, California Sr. 3.34 Molecular Cell BiologyOL Grayling Love, Arizona State Jr. 3.48 Finance

DL Ty Eriks, Washington Jr. 3.70 BiologyDL Babatunde Oshinowo, Stanford (2) Jr. 3.14 Electrical EngineeringDL Tom Sverchek, California Sr. 3.24 American StudiesDL Bill Swancutt, Oregon State (2) Sr. 3.11 BusinessLB Pat Bennett, Washington State (3) Sr. 3.43 Hotel AdministrationLB Ryan Foltz, California Jr. 3.56 Business AdministrationLB Kevin Schimmelmann, Stanford (3) Jr. 3.39 Political ScienceDB Bryan Bentrott, Stanford So. 3.67 International RelationsDB Cody Ellis, Washington RFr. 3.71 ArchitectureDB Michael McGrath, California (2) Grad. 3.44 Mechanical EngineeringDB Jimmy Newell, Washington (2) Sr. 3.30 Finance

PK Jared Siegel, Oregon Grad. 3.57 Business AdministrationP Chris MacDonald, Arizona State RFr. 3.11 Undeclared

(2) Two-time first-team All-Academic selection(3) Three-time first-team All-Academic selection


Pos. Name, School Yr. GPA MajorQB Aaron Rodgers, California Jr. 3.00 American StudiesRB Kevin McCall, Washington State RFr. 3.21 UndeclaredRB Byron Storer, California So. 3.40 UndeclaredWR Quintin Daniels, Washington RFr. 3.16 PremajorTE Pat Loney, Oregon State Sr. 3.63 Liberal StudiesOL Jason Burke, Arizona State So. 3.89 EconomicsOL Ben DalMolin, Arizona Sr. 3.35 Watershed and Range ResourcesOL Adam Koets, Oregon State So. 3.43 BusinessOL Brent Newhouse, Stanford RFr. 3.66 UndeclaredOL Josiah Vinson, Stanford So. 3.33 English

DL Nick Frank, Stanford So. 3.42 UndeclaredDL Matt McClernan, Stanford So. 3.43 Cultural and Social AnthropologyDL Matt Mullennix, Washington State RFr. 3.35 Business AdministrationDL Will Svitek, Stanford Sr. 3.00 Political ScienceLB David Bergeron, Stanford Sr. 3.15 Public Policy/CommunicationsLB Mike Silva, Stanford So. 3.56 Public PolicyLB Brian Tremblay, California Sr. 3.30 American StudiesDB Jason Honey, California Jr. 3.52 PsychologyDB Brandon Ting, USC So. 3.70 UndeclaredDB Ryan Ting, USC So. 3.93 UndeclaredDB Leigh Torrence, Stanford Sr. 3.11 African/Afro-American Studies

PK Jesse Ainsworth, Arizona State So. 3.62 Undeclared

Honorable Mention

Arizona: OLB Akin Akinniyi, So.; PK Nick Folk, So.; OT Peter Graniello, RFr.; QB Richard KovalcheckRFr.; C Erick Levitre, So.; FS Tony Wingate, Sr.

Arizona State: OT Andrew Carnahan, So.; QB Chad Christensen, Jr.; OT Brandon Rodd, RFr.

California: DE J.D. Cafaro, Sr.; L.P. Ladouceur, LS, Sr.; CB Tim Mixon, So.; OT Jonathan Murphy, Jr.; OG Erik Robertson, So.; C Scott Smith, So.; TE Craig Stevens, RFr.

Oregon: TE Tim Day, Jr.; TE Nate LiaBraaten, Jr.; MLB Jerry Matson, Grad.

Oregon State: PK John Dailey, Jr.; QB Ryan Gunderson, RFr.

Stanford: OLB Emmanuel Awofadeju, RFr.; C Mikal Brewer, RFr.; OG Preston Clover, RFr.; OT Jon Cochran, So.; TE Patrick Danahy, So.; OT David Long, RFr.; OG Amir Malayery, RFr.; QB Kyle Matter, Jr.; OT Tim Mattran, So.; PK Michael Sgroi, Jr.; OLB Timi Wusu, Jr..

UCLA: TE Keith Carter, Jr.; OG Robert Cleary, Jr.

USC: TE Nick Vanderboom, So.

Washington: OLB Tahj Bomar, So.; PK Michael Braunstein, RFr.; FS Chris Hemphill, RFr.; PK Evan Knudson, Jr.; TE Robert Lewis, RFr.; ILB Kyle Trew, RFr.

Washington State: QB Alex Brink, RFr.