Odighizuwa Headlines Nine All-Pac-12 Selections
SAN FRANCISCO – UCLA football redshirt senior defensive lineman Osa Odighizuwa headlined a list of nine Bruins on the 2020 All-Conference Team, the Pac-12 announced Tuesday.
Odighizuwa earned a spot on the first team, while redshirt sophomore tight end Greg Dulcich, redshirt senior running back Demetric Felton Jr. and junior quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson garnered second-team selections. Junior defensive back Stephan Blaylock, redshirt junior linebacker Caleb Johnson, graduate student defensive back Qwuantrezz Knight, redshirt junior offensive lineman Sam Marrazzo and redshirt sophomore wide receiver Kyle Philips received honorable mention recognition.
Odighizuwa piled up 30 tackles, including 6.0 behind the line of scrimmage. His 4.0 sacks during the shortened season represent a career high and rank fifth in the conference. Odighizuwa registered at least five stops in four games. In UCLA's Nov. 15 defeat of California, he collected five tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks as the Golden Bears recorded just 176 yards of total offense.
Dulcich, who totaled eight receptions for 111 yards and one touchdown in his first two seasons, had a breakout 2020. He caught 26 passes for team highs of 517 yards and five scores. Dulcich turned in 167- and 126-yard performances, while no other Pac-12 tight end eclipsed 108 yards in a single game. His 73.9 receiving yards per game are tops in the league at the position.
Felton averaged 165.8 all-purpose yards per game, ranking second in the conference. At Oregon on Nov. 21, he rushed a league-high 34 times for 167 yards and two touchdowns while returning five kickoffs for 105 yards. The next week, Felton carried the ball 32 times for a career-high 206 yards and one score in a home win over Arizona. In six games, he totaled 132 rushes for 668 yards and five touchdowns and added 22 catches for 159 yards and three scores.
Thompson-Robinson twice surpassed 300 yards passing in his five games played and was one of just two quarterbacks in the conference to record a 400-yard total offense showing (414 vs. USC). He tallied a career-high 109 rushing yards, threw for four touchdowns and ran for another at Colorado (Nov. 7). For the season, Thompson-Robinson completed 90 of 138 passes for 1,120 yards and 12 touchdowns and rushed 55 times for 306 yards and three scores. His pass efficiency rating of 156.29 was the highest for a season by a Bruin starting quarterback since 2005.
Blaylock totaled 42 tackles, ranking second on the team, and registered the first two interceptions of his career. He made six or more tackles in five games and matched his career high with 11 stops at Colorado.
Johnson accumulated a team-high 44 tackles, while his 5.5 sacks led UCLA and rank second in the league. He twice reached double digits in tackles, collected his first interception versus Cal and recovered a fumble at Arizona State (Dec. 5).
Knight was responsible for 40 tackles, including 4.5 for loss, and 1.0 sack. He posted season highs of nine tackles and 2.0 tackles for loss versus USC and returned a fumble 20 yards for a touchdown at Oregon.
Marrazzo, who entered the season without a start, delivered the initial offensive snap in each of the Bruins' seven games. The group went on to rank at or near the top of the Pac-12 leaderboard in scoring offense (35.4 points per game, second), rushing offense (230.6 yards per game, second), total offense (455.0 yard per game, second) and first downs (24.6 per game, first). UCLA averaged 5.1 yards per rushing attempt in 2020 to register its highest mark since it posted a 5.4 rate in 1976.
Philips posted a team-high 38 receptions for 370 yards and two touchdowns, notching six or more catches in four games. He also returned six punts for 77 yards, including a pair of 28-yard runbacks.
Each of the selections represents a first for the Bruins.
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