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Pac-12 Football All-Conference honors announced

Dec 10, 2019

Offensive Player of the Year: Zack Moss, Utah
Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year: Evan Weaver, California
Freshman Offensive Player of the Year: Kedon Slovis, USC
Freshman Defensive Player of the Year: Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon
Coach of the Year: Kyle Whittingham, Utah

SAN FRANCISCO –– The Pac-12 Conference has announced the 2019 Football All-Conference honors as the South Division picked up a majority of first team honors, with South Division Champion UTAH leading the way with eight honorees. ARIZONA STATE and WASHINGTON each had five first team selections. Six players earn first team honors for the second time – Arizona State RB Eno Benjamin, Washington OL Nick Harris and OL Trey Adams (2017), and a trio from Utah – DL Bradlee Anae, DL Leki Fotu, DB Jaylon Johnson. Four players elevated themselves from last year’s second team to first team – Utah RB Zack Moss, USC DL Jay Tufele, CALIFORNIA LB Evan Weaver, and Utah DB Julian Blackmon.

Offensive Player of the Year – Zack Moss, RB, Utah: Moss, a senior from Hialeah Gardens, Fla., led the Pac-12 in rushing, averaging 113.3 yards per game (6.2 per carry) and 15 TDs. He rushed for 100 or more yards in eight of 12 games played as Utah posted a league-best 208.8 rushing yards per game. With 1,359 rushing yards, he became the first Utah player to rush for 1,000 of more yards in three seasons. Moss owns the Utah career rushing mark with 4,010 yards and 38 rushing TDs. In addition to his ground totals, Moss tallied 26 receptions for 374 yards and 2 TDs. This marks the first time Utah has claimed the conference offensive player of the year honor.

Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year – Evan Weaver, LB, California: Weaver, a senior from Spokane, Wash., led the nation in tackles with a school-record 173 (14.4 per game), breaking Cal's 34-year-old single-season record of 167 set by Hardy Nickerson in 1985. He twice posted 22 tackles in a game this season (at Ole Miss, at Utah). Thanks in large part to Weaver, Cal was fourth in total defense (385.5 ypg) and fourth in rushing defense (122.9 ypg). He’s the first Cal player to garner the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honor since Mychal Kendricks in 2011, and the fifth all-time, joining LB Ron Rivera (1983), CB Deltha O'Neal (1999), and CB Daymeion Hughes (2006).

Freshman Offensive Player of the Year – Kedon Slovis, QB, USC: Slovis, a freshman from Scottsdale, Ariz., ranks eighth nationally, and first among all FBS freshman, averaging 294.7 passing yards per game. He threw for 400 or more yards four times during the 2019 season, including a school-record 515 yards in the 52-35 win over UCLA. Slovis finished the regular season having completed 260 of 362 pass attempts for 3,242 yards and 28 TDs. His 71.8 completion percentage ranks fifth nationally and tops among freshmen. Since 2009 when the conference began awarding Freshmen Offensive Player of the Year, Slovis becomes the fourth Trojan to earn the accolade, joining WR Robert Woods (2010), WR Marqise Lee (2011) and QB Sam Darnold (2016). Honorable Mention Freshman Offensive Player of the Year: Jayden Daniels, QB, Arizona State.

Freshman Defensive Player of the Year – Kayvon Thibodeaux, DL, Oregon: Thibodeaux, a freshman from South Central Los Angeles, Calif., had 34 tackles, including 14.0 tackles for loss and 9.0 sacks. In the Pac-12 Championship Game, Thibodeaux posted five tackles, 2.5 sacks and blocked a punt. He ranks second in the Pac-12 in tackles for loss and third in sacks. He’s the first Duck to earn the honor since the conference started awarding Freshman Defensive Player of the Year in 2009. Honorable Mention Freshman Defensive Player of the Year: Omar Speights, LB, Oregon State; Drake Jackson, DL, USC; Trent McDuffie, DB, Washington.

Coach of the Year – Kyle Whittingham, Utah: Guided the Utes to a successful defense of their South Division crown with an 11-2 regular season record, 8-1 in the Pac-12 South Division. It was Utah’s fifth 10-win season in 15 full seasons under Whittingham, and most wins in a season since the perfect 13-0 season in 2008. Under Whittingham, the Utes climbed to No. 5 in the College Football Playoff rankings. The Utes were second in the Pac-12 in scoring (35.9 ppg), first in scoring defense (13.2 ppg), and first in both rushing offense (208.8 avg) and rushing defense (70.3 avg). Whittingham’s record stands at 131-63 in 15-plus seasons. It’s the first time Whittingham has earned Pac-12 Coach of the Year honors.

The individual awards and the All-Pac-12 Football Team are selected by the Pac-12 head coaches.


  First Team Offense     Second Team Offense
QB Tyler Huntley, Sr., Utah QB Anthony Gordon, Sr., Washington State
RB Eno Benjamin, Jr., Arizona State (1)   RB Joshua Kelley, Sr., UCLA
RB Zack Moss, Sr., Utah   RB CJ Verdell, So., Oregon
WR Brandon Aiyuk, Sr., Arizona State   WR Isaiah Hodgins, Jr., Oregon State
WR Michael Pittman Jr., Sr., USC   WR Laviska Shenault, Jr., Jr., Colorado
TE Hunter Bryant, Jr., Washington   TE Brant Kuithe, So., Utah
      TE Colby Parkinson, Jr., Stanford
OL Trey Adams, Sr., Washington (1)   OL Blake Brandel, R-Sr., Oregon State
OL Nick Harris, Sr., Washington (1)   OL Cohl Cabral, Sr., Arizona State
OL Austin Jackson, Jr., USC   OL Drew Dalman, Jr., Stanford
OL Darrin Paulo, Sr., Utah   OL Shane Lemieux, Sr., Oregon
OL Penei Sewell, So., Oregon   OL Abe Lucas, So., Washington State
      OL Alijah Vera-Tucker, R-So., USC
  First Team Defense     Second Team Defense
DL Bradlee Anae, Sr., Utah (1)   DL Ryan Bowman, Jr., Washington
DL Leki Fotu, Sr., Utah (1)   DL Drake Jackson, Fr., USC
DL Levi Onwuzurike, Jr., Washington   DL John Penisini, Sr., Utah
DL Jay Tufele, R-So., USC   DL Joe Tryon, So., Washington
LB Francis Bernard, Sr., Utah   LB Troy Dye, Sr., Oregon
LB Nate Landman, Jr., Colorado   LB Hamilcar Rashed Jr., R-Jr., Oregon State
LB Evan Weaver, Sr., California   LB Casey Toohill, Sr., Stanford
DB Paulson Adebo, Jr., Stanford   DB Myles Bryant, Sr., Washington
DB Julian Blackmon, Sr., Utah   DB Camryn Bynum, Jr.,, California
DB Jaylon Johnson, Jr., Utah   DB Ashtyn Davis, Sr., California
DB Elijah Molden, Jr., Washington   DB Talanoa Hufanga, So., USC
  First Team Specialists     Second Team Specialists
PK Blake Mazza, So., Washington State   PK Peyton Hentry, So., Washington
P Michael Turk, R-So., Arizona State   P Alex Kinney, Sr., Colorado
RS Brandon Aiyuk, Sr., Arizona State   RS Velus Jones Jr., R-Jr., USC
AP/ST Brady Breeze, Jr., Oregon   AP/ST Travion Brown, Fr., Washington State
AP/ST Case Hatch, Fr., Arizona State   AP/ST Michael Pittman Jr., Sr., USC

RS=return specialist
AP/ST=all-purpose/special teams player (not a kicker or returner)
(1) Two-time first team selection
(2) Three-time first team selection

No Tiebreaker: There was a tie for the all-purpose/special teams player on both first and second teams, so both teams are represented by a second all-purpose/special teams player. There was a tie for the tight end for second team, so that team is represented with two tight ends. There also was a tie for the fifth offensive lineman for second team, so that team is represented with six offensive linemen.


ARIZONA: DB Lorenzo Burns, RJr.; OL Cody Creason, RSr.; LB Colin Schooler, Jr.; RB J.J. Taylor, RJr.; Jace Whittaker, RSr.

ARIZONA STATE: WR Frank Darby, RJr.;  DB Jack Jones, RJr.; LB Khaylan Kearse-Thomas, RSr.; DL Jermayne Lole, So.; OL Dohnovan West, Fr.; DB Kobe Williams, Sr.

CALIFORNIA:  OL Jake Curhan, Jr.; LB Kuony Deng, Jr.; LB Cameron Goode, Jr.; DB Jaylinn Hawkins, Sr.; DL Zeandae Johnson, Sr.

COLORADO:  WR Tony Brown, Sr.; OL Arlington Hambright, Grad.; LB Davion Taylor, Sr.

OREGON:  DB Thomas Graham Jr., Jr.; OL Jake Hanson, Sr.; QB Justin Herbert, Sr.; DB Jevon Holland, So.; DB Deommodore Lenoir, Jr.; DL Jordon Scott, Jr.; DL Kayvon Thibodeaux, Fr.; OL Calvin Throckmorton, Sr.; RS Mykael Wright, Fr.   

OREGON STATE:  OL Brandon Kipper, RSo.; QB Jake Luton, RSr.; TE Noah Togiai, RSr.

STANFORD: DL Thomas Booker, So.; LB Curtis Robinson, Sr.; OL Foster Sarell, Jr.; RS Connor Wedington, Jr.

UCLA:  TE Devin Asiasi, Jr.; LB Krys Barnes, Sr.; DB Darnay Holmes, Jr.; P Wade Lees, Grad.,

USC: DB Olaijah Griffin, So.; LB John Houston Jr., RSr.; PK Chase McGrath, RSo.; WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, So.; QB Kedon Slovis, Fr.; WR Tyler Vaughns, RJr.

UTAH: DB Terrell Burgess, Sr.; OL Nick Ford; DB Javelin Guidry, Jr..; LB Devin Lloyd, So.; OL Simi Moala, RFr.; DL Mika Tafua, So.; OL Orlando Umana, Jr.

WASHINGTON: RB Salvon Ahmed, Jr.; DB Kyler Gordon, RFr.; P Joel Whitford, Sr.

WASHINGTON STATE: RB Max Borghi, So.; OL Josh Watson, RJr.; WR Easop Winston, Sr.; LB Jahad Woods, RJr.