Kelly Tabbed Pac-10 Coach of the Year

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – University of Oregon head football coach Chip Kelly has been named Pac-10 Coach of the Year, conference officials announced Monday.

As a first-year skipper, Kelly has led the Ducks (10-2, 8-1 Pac-10) to a Pac-10 title and their first trip to the Rose Bowl since the 1994 season. He is only the fourth coach in conference history to lead his team to 10 victories in his first Pac-10 season.

In conference play, Kelly oversaw the Pac-10's best scoring offense (41.7 points per game), rushing offense (265.8 yards per game), total offense (475.1 ypg), rushing defense (118.6 ypg), passing defense (197.4 ypg) and total defense (316.0 ypg). Nationally, the Ducks enter the postseason ranked sixth in rushing (236.1 ypg) and seventh in scoring (37.7).

Kelly is just the second Oregon mentor to earn the honor, joining Rich Brooks, who won the award in 1979 and '94.

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