Seven Beavers named Pac-10 first team

EAT YOUR HEART out USC. Sorry Oregon. Take a hike, Arizona and Cal. The Beavers placed a conference best seven players to the first team All-Pac-10 first team named today. It is the third consecutive year Oregon State has placed at least five players on the Pac-10 first team.

First Team Selections

QB Sean Canfield | Senior

One of the team captains Canfield has turned in a stellar 2009 thus far as he leads the Pac-10 in passing yards per game (254.3), passing touchdowns (21), passing yards (3,103) and completion percentage (.700).

Canfield will most likely crush the school completion percentage for a season -- the current record is 60.6 by Matt Moore in 2006.

The California native has thrown just two interceptions in his last 250 attempts and has throw at least two touchdowns in five of the last six games.

His 5,802 career passing yards and 38 career touchdown passes both rank fourth in school history.


RB Jacquizz Rodgers | Sophomore

So much for the sophomore slump. Quizz, who was the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year in 2008, once again makes his way onto the first team after rumbling for 1,377 yards and 20 touchdowns, a single-season school record, at 5.4 yards per carry.

The dependable running back also chipped in with 74 receptions for 509 yards and one touchdown.

Quizz has a shot at tying or breaking the school record for the most points in a season. He currently has 126 points with Steven Jackson holding the record at 132 in 2003.


WR James Rodgers | Junior

One of Canfield's favorite targets Rodgers topped the 1,000 yard receiving mark for the first time in his career corralling a team high 87 passes for 1,004 yards and nine touchdowns.

Rodgers also added 54 carries for 289 yards and one touchdown on the ground.

The Texas product set the single-season all-purpose yards record for OSU in the Civil War (2,098) while his nine touchdown receptions ar the fourth most in single-season school history.

Rodgers was named a first team kick returner last season.


OG Gregg Peat | Senior

A mainstay on the offensive line and one of the team captains Peat has started a team best 26 consecutive games.

Peat is a big reason why the Beaver offense ranks near the top of the conference in almost every statistical category.


DT Stephen Paea | Junior

One of the strongest members of the team Paea has been an immovable rock in the middle helping limit OSU's opponents to just a shade over 100 rushing yards a game.

Despite facing double teams all-year Paea has recorded 41 tackles, including a co-team high 7.5 tackles for loss, and a team high four forced fumbles.

Paea was a honorable mention pick in '08.


LB Keaton Kristick | Senior

One of the team's emotional leaders and one of the top linebackers in the Pac-10 conference.

Kristick, who has started 26 consecutive games, has a team high 87 stops, including a co-team high 7.5 for loss, to go along with two interceptions and one recovered fumble.

The outside linebacker as a second team selection last year.


ST Suaesi Tuimaunei | Junior

After being supplanted from the top of the depth chart at safety Tuimaunei has shined on special teams as a gunner grabbing 10 tackles on special teams - good for the second most on the team.



Second Team Selections

K Justin Kahut | Junior

Despite being shaky at times Kahut delivered many times for the Men in Black as he connected on 22 of 27 field goals and 43 of 44 extra points.


HONORABLE MENTION: C Alex Linnenkohl, Jr.; MLB David Pa'aluhi, So.; OLB Keith Pankey, Jr.; OLB Dwight Roberson, Jr.


LINKS: 2008 all conference player cards | 2007 all-conference player cards | 2006 all-conference player cards | 2005 all-conference player cards | 2004 all-conference player cards


Additional news and notes:

  • The Beavers placed nine players on the first and second teams a year ago.

  • For the full list of all-Pac-10 players visit

  • Three players were named on the first-team ballot of all 10 head coaches--PK Kai Forbath and DT Brian Price of UCLA and RB Toby Gerhart of Stanford.

  • Oregon State placed the most players on the first team with seven selections, followed by California, UCLA and USC with five. Arizona and California were next with four.

  • Of the 27 first-team selections, 15 are seniors, eight are juniors, four are sophomores and there are no freshman.

  • Five players are repeat first-team selections from last year--FS Taylor Mays of USC, DT Brian Price of UCLA, CB Syd'Quan Thompson of California, and Jacquizz Rodgers and James Rodgers of Oregon State.

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