AP All-Bowl Team includes six Pac-12 players
A half-dozen of the finest individual performances out of the Pac-12 from college football's postseason earned honors Tuesday from the Associated Press.
Six players representing Stanford, UCLA, Arizona and Utah have been named to the AP's All-Bowl Team, each of them getting well-deserved recognition to their team's performance in their bowl games.
The Pac-12's representation is led, unquestionably, by Stanford's Christian McCaffrey, whose record-breaking performance at the Rose Bowl earned him Offensive MVP honors.
Here's a look at each of the players on the list:
All-Purpose: Christian McCaffrey, Stanford: McCaffrey put an exclamation point on his incredible season by breaking the Rose Bowl's record for most all-purpose yards. He recorded 368 yards in the Cardinal's 45-16 win over Iowa, which included a pair of touchdowns.
Defensive Line: Kenny Clark, UCLA: The Bruins fell to Nebraska in the Foster Farms Bowl, but Clark was a beast on the line for UCLA. He made 11 tackles in UCLA's 37-29 defeat.
Defensive Line: Aziz Shittu, Stanford: Not to be lost in Stanford's offensive outburst in Pasadena, Stanford's defense flew all over the field. Shittu specifically earned 1.5 sacks and 3.5 TFL among his 10 tackles in the Granddaddy of Them All.
Linebacker: Scooby Wright, Arizona: Wright didn't play much this year due to injury, but his presence was certainly felt in the Wildcats' thrilling 45-37 New Mexico Bowl victory. He made an astounding 15 tackles - 3.5 for a loss - in what ended up being his final collegiate game.
Safety: Tevin Carter, Utah: The first quarter of Utah's 35-28 win over BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl was nothing short of stunning. During that 35-point outburst, Carter intercepted two passes, one of which he took to the house.
Punter: Tom Hackett, Utah: The back-to-back Ray Guy Award winner was his usual outstanding self in Las Vegas. He averaged nearly 50 yards per punt, downing four inside BYU's 20. And on top of it, he showed his athleticism by dashing for a first down on a fake punt.