The Pac-12 has released their 2012 All-Conference honors list, and 4 Oregon St. players were named to the first team, with 6 more receiving Honorable Mention.
Sr. CB Jordan Poyer, who was a 2nd team All-Pac-12 choice last year, moved up to the first team, as did Sr. WR Markus Wheaton, above, and So. DE Scott Crichton, below, both of whom were Honorable Mention last season. They were joined by Sr. Jordan Jenkins, who was named for his special teams work.
Oregon St.'s Honorable Mention players this year include So. WR Brandin Cooks, Jr. OG Grant Enger, Jr. DB Raashad Reynolds, So. placekicker Trevor Romaine, Sr. DT Andrew Seumalo, and Fr. center Issac Seumalo.
The Offensive Player of the Year is USC So. WR Marquise Lee, who was co-Freshman Offensive Player of the Year last year, and established new Pac-12 single season records this year for receptions and receiving yards of 112 catches for 1,680 yards.
The Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year is Arizona St. Jr. DE Will Sutton. Sutton leads the Pac-12 in tackles for loss per game (and ranks 5th in the FBS), with 1.82, and is also 3rd in the conference (and 12th in the nation) in sacks, with .95 per game, 10.5 for the season.
Stanford Head Coach David Shaw has been named Pac-12 Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year, after leading the Cardinal to first place in the Pac-12 Northern Division, and the home field for the Pac-12 Championship game. The Cardinal not only defeated pre-season media favorite USC, they also (with a freshman quarterback making his first 3 starts) beat Oregon St., Oregon, and UCLA, the top 3 other teams in the conference, on consecutive Saturdays, the latter 2 games being on the road.
The Freshman Offensive Player of the Year is Oregon QB Marcus Mariotta, above, who led the Ducks to an 11-1 record, a top 5 ranking, and a highly probable BCS at-large berth. Mariotta tied the Oregon school record for touchdown passes in a game, with 6 against California, and set the Pac-8/10/12 record for touchdown throws in a season, at 30. Mariotta was also the conference's most efficient passer.
The Freshman Defensive Player of the Year is USC DE Leonard Williams. Williams posted 7.5 sacks and 13 tackles for loss, and had 50 tackles, 30 solo. He also had an interception and a pair of fumble recoveries.
Here's the complete list:
(Photos by Andy Wooldridge)