Pre-Season MVPs and Newcomers To Watch

As part two of our collaboration, the Pac-10 Website and CSPA magazine publishers voted for pre-season Players of the Year and named "Pac-10 Newcomers To Watch" for each team in 2001.

Pre-Season MVPs and Newcomers To Watch Scout.com Pac-10 Publishers As part two of our collaboration, the Pac-10 Website and CSPA magazine publishers voted for pre-season Players of the Year and named "Pac-10 Newcomers To Watch" for each team in 2001.

MVPs and Players To Watch


Pre-Season Offensive MVP


Ken Simonton

5-9 200 senior

RUNNING BACK | OREGON STATE

Simonton is looking for his fourth consecutive 1,000 yard rushing season and is a very legitimate Heisman candidate. Last year Simonton gained 1,474 yards on the ground in an offense built around the diminutive tailback that is lethal in the open field and tough to take down.


Pre-Season Defensive MVP


Larry Tripplett

6-1 300 senior

DEFENSIVE TACKLE | WASHINGTON

Tripplett is a pre-season all-American and outland award candidate. Tripplett lead the Huskies with 6.5 sacks from his nose tackle position last year. He had 38 tackles including 11 tackles for loss and knocked down three passes. Tripplett set the school squat record this spring by squatting over 750 pounds. Could've been an NFL pick last spring but decided to stay in school for his senior year.


Pre-Season Special Teams MVP


Luke Powell

5-8 165 redshirt sophomore

WIDE RECEIVER | STANFORD

Powell had 502 yards receiving and averaged 28 yards per reception last year. His explosive speed and elusive moves after the catch have yielded big plays already, including 4 catches better than 60 yards and 6 over 30 yards. He is dangerous on returns and recorded a 51-yard TD punt return. He reminds some of former Cardinal great Troy Walters.


2001 Pac-10 Newcomers To Watch


Matt Ware

6-3 195 true freshman

DEFENSIVE BACK | UCLA

Considered one of the best prospects in the nation last year and ranked the #1 DB prospect in the country by PrepStar and SuperPrep, Ware could step in as a true freshman and start at either cornerback or free safety.


Brad Brittain

6-5 260 true freshman

TIGHT END | ARIZONA

The biggest immediate impact for the newest Wildcats could come from Brittain. With no tight ends on the roster that have ever caught a collegiate pass, there could be an opening for Brittain to make an impact.


R.J. Oliver

5-9 168 redshirt freshman

CORNERBACK | ARIZONA STATE

Oliver could have started his freshman year and his play during spring practice validated that notion. He posses excellent cover skills with blazing speed. After a redshirt season he's ready to make his presence known.


Amon Gordon

6-4 280 redshirt freshman

INSIDE LINEBACKER | STANFORD

Amon has a freakish frame, speed a


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