Honolulu’s Mariota named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year

Marcus Mariota

Quarterback Marcus Mariota of OREGON has been named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year, linebacker Scooby Wright III of ARIZONA the Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year and Rich Rodriguez, also of Arizona, the Pac-12 Coach of the Year. In addition, running back Royce Freeman of Oregon has been named the Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year and Adoree’ Jackson of USC has been named the Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the year.

Offensive Player of the Year – Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon: Mariota, a junior from Honolulu, Hawaii, threw for 3,470 yards and 36 touchdowns while throwing just two interceptions, leading the Pac-12 and the nation with a 190.2 passing efficiency rating. Mariota led all Pac-12 quarterbacks in rushing yards with 636 (53.0 yards per game), accounting for 47 touchdowns in total with his 36 though the air and 11 on the ground. The Davey O’Brien Award & Maxwell Award finalist has led the ducks to wins over No. 7 Michigan State, No. 18 UCLA and No. 20 Utah, helping Oregon close the year out on a seven-game winning streak and win the Pac-12 North to earn a berth in the Pac-12 championship game. Mariota ranked second in the Conference and fifth in the nation in total offense averaging 342.2 yards per game. Mariota was selected as the Conference’s offensive Player of the Week twice this season. Mariota takes Player of the Year honors two seasons after earning honors as the Freshman of the year.

Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year – Scooby Wright III, LB, Arizona: Wright, a sophomore from Windsor, Calif., anchored an Arizona defense that captured its first-ever Pac-12 South division title, while leading the Conference in forced fumbles (6) and ranking third in the nation in sacks (14). A finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, Bronko Naguraski Trophy, and Rotary Lombardi Award, he led both the Conference and the nation in tackles for loss, recording 27.0 total and averaging 2.25 per game. Wright helped spearhead a defense that forced two or more turnovers and scored a defensive touchdown in each of its last four games en route to clinching the South title. Wright, who recorded 139 tackles this season (11.6 avg), helped the Wildcats to their first 10-win regular season since 1998. The sophomore was selected as the Conference’s defensive Player of the Week three times this season and earned Pac-12 honorable mention honors as a freshman last season.

Freshman Offensive Player of the Year – Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon: Freeman, a freshman from Imperial, Calif., made an immediate impact in his first season of collegiate football, leading a Ducks offense that ranked first in the Conference in rushing (232.0 ypg), total offense (539.5 ypg) and scoring (45.9 ppg). Freeman led the Conference with 16 rushing touchdowns and ranked fifth in the league in rushing yards per game (98.8 ypg). The freshman ranked fifth in the league in scoring, averaging 8.5 points per game and accounting for 17 touchdowns in total (one passing), more than any other running back in the Conference. With 1,185 yards rushing this season, he’s extended an Oregon streak of having a 1,000-yard rusher in eight consecutive seasons.

Freshman Defensive Player of the Year – Adoree’ Jackson, CB, USC: Jackson, a freshman from Belleville, Ill., came in and made a difference as a three-way standout for the Trojans. Jackson alternated between being a shutdown corner on defense, a impact receiver on offense, and a threat as the Trojans’ kick return man on special teams. On defense Jackson was often called upon to matchup with opposition’s best receiver and he helped lead the team to a finish as the Conference’s second ranked defense while also limiting opposing quarterbacks to the Conference’s second lowest passing efficiency rating (118.5). Jackson ranked fourth in the nation in kickoff return average (27.7) and took one kick back 100 yards for a touchdown (at Utah 10/25) and added two receiving touchdowns. Jackson earned honors as the Conference’s special teams Player of the Week one time this season, and now becomes the third Trojan in the last four years to be named Freshman Defensive Player of the Year.

Coach of the Year – Rich Rodriguez, Arizona: In just his third year at the helm of Arizona football, Rodriguez earns Pac-12 Coach of the Year honors after leading the Wildcats to a 10-2 record overall and a 7-2 mark in Conference play, claiming the South Division title and the program’s first-ever berth in the Pac-12 Championship after finishing with the best record in league play. It was the Wildcats third 10-plus-win season in school history and its first 10-win regular season since 1998. The Wildcats closed the regular season out with back-to-back wins over AP ranked opponents, defeating No. 20 Utah, 42-10 and No. 13 Arizona State, 42-35. On the year the Wildcats had wins over three ranked opponents, also knocking off No. 2 Oregon on the road, 31-24. Arizona ranked in fourth in the Conference in scoring (36.7 ppg), rushing (189.8 ypg) and total offense (481.2). .

2014 ALL-PAC-12 CONFERENCE FOOTBALL TEAM

First Team Offense
QB, Marcus Mariota, Jr., Oregon (3)
RB, Javorius Allen, Jr., USC
RB, Devontae Booker, Jr., Utah RB
WR, Nelson Agholor, Jr., USC
WR, Jaelen Strong, Jr., Arizona State
TE, Pharaoh Brown, Jr., Oregon
OL, Jamil Douglas, Sr., Arizona State
OL, Jake Fisher, Sr., Oregon
OL, Hroniss Grasu, Sr., Oregon (3)
OL, Andrus Peat, Jr., Stanford
OL, Max Tuerk, Jr., USC

First Team Defense
DL, Henry Anderson, Sr., Stanford
DL, Nate Orchard, Sr., Utah
DL, Danny Shelton, Sr., Washington
DL, Leonard Williams, Jr., USC (2)
LB, Hau’oli Kikaha, Sr., Washington
LB, Shaq Thompson, Jr., Washington
LB, Scooby Wright III, So., Arizona
DB, Ishmael Adams, So., UCLA
DB, Su’a Cravens, So., USC
DB, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Sr., Oregon (3)
DB, Damarious Randall, Sr., Arizona State
DB, Jordan Richards, Sr., Stanford

First Team Specialists
PK, Andy Phillips, So., Utah
P, Tom Hackett, Jr., Utah (2)
RS, Kaelin Clay, Sr., Utah
AP/ST, Shaq Thompson, Jr., Washington

Second Team Offense
QB, Brett Hundley, Jr., UCLA
RB, D.J. Foster, Jr., Arizona State
RB, Royce Freeman, Fr., Oregon
WR, Vince Mayle, Sr., Washington State
WR, Nelson Spruce, Jr., Colorado
TE, Austin Hooper, So., Stanford
OL, Jake Brendel, Jr., UCLA
OL, Steven Gurrola, Sr., Arizona
OL, Nick Kelly, Jr., Arizona State
OL, Kyle Murphy, Jr., Stanford
OL, Jeremiah Poutasi, Jr., Utah

Second Team Defense
DL, DeForest Buckner, Jr., Oregon
DL, Kenny Clark, So., UCLA
DL, Owamagbe Odigihizuwa, Sr., UCLA
DL, Dylan Wynn, Sr., Oregon State
LB, Myles Jack, So., UCLA
LB, Eric Kendricks, Sr., UCLA
LB, A.J. Tarpley, Sr., Stanford
DB, Erick Dargan, Sr., Oregon

DB, Troy Hill, Sr., Oregon
DB, Anthony Jefferson, Sr., UCLA
DB, Fabian Moreau, Jr., UCLA
DB, Steven Nelson, Sr., Oregon State

Second Team Specialists
PK, Zane Gonzalez, So., Arizona State
P, Drew Riggleman, Jr., Arizona
RS, Ty Montgomery, Sr., Stanford
AP/ST, Charles Nelson, Fr., Oregon
JuJu Smith, Fr., USC

RS=Return Specialist

AP/ST=All-Purpose/Special Teams Player (not a kicker or returner)

(2) Two-time first team selection

(3) Three-time first team selection

Offensive Player of the Year: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year: Scooby Wright, LB, Arizona

Freshman Offensive Player of the Year: Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon

Freshman Defensive Player of the Year: Adoree’ Jackson, DB, USC

Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Taylor Kelly, QB, Arizona State

Coach of the Year: Rich Rodriguez, Arizona

PAC-12 ALL-CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION

ARIZONA: WR Austin Hill, Sr.; WR Cayleb Jones, So.; DB Jonathan McKnight, Sr.; DL Dan Pettinato, Sr.; QB Anu Solomon, Fr.; DB Jared Tevis, Sr.; RB Nick Wilson, Fr.

ARIZONA STATE: LB DJ Calhoun, Fr.; DB Lloyd Carrington, Jr.; LB Salamo Fiso, So.; DL Marcus Hardison, Sr.; LB Laiu Moeakiola, So.; RB Demario Richard, Fr.; DB Jordan Simone, Jr.; OL Vi Teofilo, Jr.; OL Christian Westerman, Jr.

CALIFORNIA: TE Stephen Anderson, Jr.; LB Michael Barton, So.; OL Chris Borrayo, So.; DL Austin Clark, Sr.; QB Jared Goff, So.; RB Daniel Lasco, Jr.; AP/ST Bryce McGovern, Sr.

COLORADO: DB Greg Henderson, Sr.; QB Sefo Liufau, So.; OL Daniel Munyer, SR.; PK Will Oliver, Sr.; P Darragh O’Neill, Sr.; DL Josh Tupou, Jr.

OREGON: DL Arik Armstead, Jr.; WR Byron Marshall, Jr.; OL Hamani Stevens, Sr.; LB Joe Walker, Jr.

OREGON STATE: LB Michael Doctor, Sr.; QB Sean Mannion, Sr.; DB Ryan Murphy, Sr.; RB Terron Ward, Sr.

STANFORD: LB Kevin Anderson, Sr.; DB Alex Carter, Jr.; DB Zach Hoffpauir, Jr.; LB Blake Martinez, Jr.; WR Ty Montgomery, Sr.; David Parry, Sr.

UCLA: OL Caleb Benenoch, So.; TE Thomas Duarte, So.; AP/ST Ryan Hofmeister, Sr.; WR Jordan Payton, Jr.; RB Paul Perkins, So.; OL Alex Redmond, So.; OL Scott Quessenberry, So.; Eddie Vanderdoes, So.; Jaleel Wadood, Fr.

USC: DB Adoree’ Jackson, Fr.; QB Cody Kessler, Jr.; OL Toa Lobendahn, Fr.; LB Hayes Pullard, Sr.; OL Viane Talamaivao, Fr.; LB J.R. Tavai, Sr.; TE Randall Telfer, Sr.

UTAH: DB Brian Blechen, Sr.; DL Hunter Dimick, So.; DL Lowell Lotulelei, Fr.; LB Jared Norris, Jr.; DB Eric Rowe, Sr.

WASHINGTON: Budda Baker, Fr.; OL Micah Hatchie, Sr.; DL Andrew Hudson, Sr.; RS John Ross, So.; OL Colin Tanigawa, Sr.; LB John Timu, Sr.; PK Cameron Van Winkle, So.

WASHINGTON STATE: LB Jeremiah Allison, Jr.; DB Daquawn Brown, So.; OL Joe Dahl, Jr.; QB Connor Halliday, Sr.

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