Eight Bruins Honored on AP All-Pac-12 Football Teams
UCLA senior quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson and redshirt junior tight end Greg Dulcich were each named to the 2021 All-Pac-12 football team as announced on Friday by the Associated Press. Eight Bruins, in all, were recognized with conference honors by the AP.
Thompson-Robinson led the Pac-12 with a 153.94 passing efficiency rating and in total offense average at 274.36 yards per game. He was second among league quarterbacks with 21 touchdown passes in 2021. Dulcich, a semifinalist for the John Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end, rated fifth overall in the Pac-12 in receiving yards per game (60.4). He caught 42 passes on the season for a 17.3-yard average which ranked as the third-best mark nationally among tight ends in 2021. Dulcich added two 100-yard performances to his resume in 2021, with a 117-yard effort in UCLA's win over LSU and a 136-yard night against Arizona State.
Redshirt junior receiver and kick returner Kyle Philips, junior offensive tackle Sean Rhyan, redshirt senior guard Paul Grattan Jr., senior cornerback Jay Shaw and senior safety Quentin Lake were each named to the second team. Junior running back Zach Charbonnet, who transferred into UCLA this season, was named the league's Newcomer of the Year.
Philips, who was also selected to the second-team as the all-purpose player, topped all Pac-12 receivers with 10 scoring receptions in 2021. He led UCLA in receptions for the third straight season, the first Bruin receiver to do so since Craig Bragg accomplished the feat over four straight seasons from 2001-04. Philips rated second in the Pac-12 in receiving yards per game (67.18) and was third overall in receptions per game (5.36). He completed the regular season fourth on the all-time UCLA list for receptions (163). Philips also returned nine punts for a 22.6-yard average this season, including an 82-yard scoring jaunt against Colorado. The Bruins enter the bowl season second in the nation in punt-return average (20.0) as a team.
Rhyan and Grattan helped pave the way for the Bruins to average over 200 yards per game on the ground for the second straight season (215.1) while producing a 1,000-yard rusher in Charbonnet. It marked the first time since the 1985-87 seasons that UCLA has achieved consecutive 200-plus yard rushing campaigns. UCLA ranks 16th nationally in rushing offense and led the Pac-12 in scoring (36.5). Charbonnet ranked second in the Pac-12 in rushing yards (1,137) and rushing yards per game (94.8).
Shaw and Lake tied for the team lead this year in interceptions with three each. Lake also led the Bruins in passes defensed (6) while ranking fourth on the team in tackles (54). Shaw forced one fumble, recovered a fumble and added two tackles for loss.
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