PAC-10 FOOTBALL AWARDS AND ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM ANNOUNCED
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
MARSHAWN LYNCH, TB, CALIFORNIA
PAT TILLMAN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: DAYMEION HUGHES, CB,
COACH OF THE
YEAR: PETE CARROLL, USC
CO-FRESHMEN OF THE YEAR: JAIRUS BYRD, CB, OREGON
TAYLOR MAYS, FS, USC
ALTERRAUN VERNER, CB, UCLA
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--Tailback Marshawn Lynch of California has
been named Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year and cornerback Daymeion
Hughes of Cal has been named Pat Tillman Defensive Players of the
Year. Pete Carroll of USC has been named Coach of the Year and
three defensive backs tied in voting for Freshman of the Year--Jairus
Byrd of Oregon, Taylor Mays of USC and Alterraun Verner of
UCLA. The award winners are selected by the Pac-10 head football
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE
YEAR MARSHAWN LYNCH, TB, CALIFORNIA: Lynch, a junior from Oakland,
Calif., leads the Pac-10 in rushing and all-purpose yards and is co-leader with
teammate DeSean Jackson in touchdowns scored. A unanimous All-Pac-10
selection, Lynch has rushed for 1,178 yards and nine touchdowns, becoming just
the second player in California history to post two 1,000-yard rushing
seasons. He has posted a school-record 16 100-yard rushing games.
His averages of 6.3 yards per carry and 107.1 yards per game both lead the
Pac-10. In addition, Lynch has 286 yards and four touchdowns receiving and
101 yards in kickoff returns to give him 1,565 all-purpose yards, an average of
142.3 yards per game. Lynch is just the third California player to be
selected Pac-10 offensive player of the year and the first since quarterback
Mike Pawlawski in 1991.
PAT TILLMAN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR DAYMIEON
HUGHES, CB, CALIFORNIA: Hughes, a senior from Los Angeles, Calif.,
leads the Pac-10 in interceptions by a large margin with eight, which ties him
for second in the nation in picks. Included are two returned for
touchdowns. A unanimous All-Pac-10 selection by the league's coaches,
Hughes has 15 career interceptions, second all-time on the Cal list.
Hughes also leads the Pac-10 in passes defended with 19 and ranks second on the
Cal squad with 62 tackles. Hughes becomes just the second California
player to be selected Pac-10 defensive player of the year, following cornerback
Deltha O'Neal in 1998.
OF THE YEAR PETE CARROLL, USC: Carroll earns Coach of the Year honors
for the third time in his six years at the Trojan helm, having previously been
selected in 2003 and 2005. Carroll led the Trojans to an unprecedented
fifth straight Pac-10 title. Carroll has directed USC to a 10-1 record
this season (with a game still to play at UCLA). The Trojans have extended
their Pac-10 record home winning streak to 33 games, including 23 straight
Conference wins at home, and they are a remarkable 19-0 in November during
Carroll's tenure. Included in USC's record this year are wins over ranked
teams Notre Dame, Arkansas, Nebraska, California and Oregon. The Trojans'
only defeat this season has come by two points on the road at Oregon State on a
failed two-point conversion at the end of the game. Long known as a
defensive expert, it is no surprise that Carroll's Trojans currently lead the
Pac-10 in scoring defense at 15.1 points per game and rank either first or
second in the Conference in all the major defensive categories. Carroll is
the nation's winningest active coach in terms of percentage with a mark of 64-11
CO-FRESHMAN OF THE
YEAR JAIRUS BYRD, CB OREGON; TAYLOR MAYS, FS, USC; ALTERRAUN VERNER,
UCLA: Three freshmen defensive backs tied in the voting among the
Pac-10 head coaches for top freshman in the league.
Byrd, a redshirt freshman from Clayton, Mo., took over as a
starting cornerback at Oregon in the third game of the season and ended up tied
for fourth in the Pac-10 in interceptions with four picks and ninth in the
league in passes defended. His 49 tackles ranked him sixth on the Ducks'
Mays, a true freshman from
Seattle, Wash., took over as USC's starting free safety in the second game of
the season. He has three interceptions and his 55 tackles ranks fifth on
the Trojan defense.
Verner, a true
freshman from Carson, Calif., played extensively in UCLA's nickel and dime
packages. He picked off two passes, both returned for touchdowns of 89 and
34 yards, and ranks fifth on the Bruin defense with 44 tackles.
Pac-10 coaches vote on the above awards and ties in the voting resulted in the
co-awards for freshman of the year.
In addition to individual awards, the Pac-10
coaches selected the 2006 All-Pac-10 Football Team that follows.
2006 ALL-PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE
Offense Second Team Offense
QB John David Booty, Jr., USC QB Alex Brink,
Jr., Washington State
RB Marshawn Lynch,
Jr., California RB Jonathan Stewart, So., Oregon
RB Yvenson Bernard, Jr., Oregon State RB Ryan Torain,
Jr., Arizona State
WR Steve Smith,
Sr., USC WR Jason Hill, Sr., Washington State
WR DeSean Jackson, So., California WR Sammie Stroughter, Jr., Oregon
WR Dwayne Jarrett,
TE Zach Miller, Jr., Arizona State TE Craig Stevens,
OL Ryan Kalil,
Sr., USC OL Max Unger, So., Oregon
OL Sam Baker, Jr., USC
Mike Pollack, Jr., Arizona State
Jeremy Perry, So., Oregon State OL Mike Gibson,
OL Enoka Lucas,
Sr., Oregon OL Kyle DeVan, Jr., Oregon State
OL Alex Mack, So., California OL Adam Koets,
Sr., Oregon State
OL Chilo Rachal,
Defense Second Team Defense
DL Brandon Mebane, Sr., California DL Bruce Davis,
DL Mkristo Bruce,
Sr., Washington State DL Nu'u Tafisi, Sr., California
DL Sedrick Ellis, Jr., USC
Lawrence Jackson, Jr., USC
DL Justin Hickman, Sr., UCLA DL Louis Holmes,
LB Desmond Bishop,
Sr., California LB Scott White, Sr., Washington
LB Rey Maualuga, So., USC
Brian Cushing, So., USC
LB Michael Okwo, Sr., Stanford LB Derrick
Doggett, Jr., Oregon State
LB Keith Rivers,
Jr., USC LB Spencer Larsen, Jr., Arizona
DB Daymeion Hughes, Sr.,
California DB Terrell Thomas, Jr., USC
DB Antoine Cason, Jr., Arizona
Chris Horton, Jr., UCLA
DB Eric Frampton, Sr., Washington State DB J.D. Nelson,
Piscitelli, Sr., Oregon State
Michael Johnson, Sr., Arizona
DB C.J. Wallace, Sr., Washington
First Team Specialists Second Team
PK Justin Medlock,
Sr., UCLA PK Alexis Serna, Jr., Oregon State
P Nick Folk, Jr., Arizona
Andrew Larson, Jr., California
Syndric Steptoe, Sr., Arizona KOR Terry
Richardson, Sr., Arizona State
PR DeSean Jackson, So., California PR Sammie Stroughter, Jr., Oregon
ST Wopamo Osaisai,
Jr., Stanford ST Byron Storer, Sr., California
ST=special teams player (not a kicker or
Yaniv Barnett, Jr.; OT Eben Britton, Fr.; DT Lionel Dotson,
Jr.; RB Chris Henry, Jr.; WR Mike Thomas, So.
STATE: S Josh Barrett, Jr.; DE Kyle Caldwell, Sr.; QB Rudy
Carpenter, So.; S Zach Catanese, Sr.; OG Paul Fanaika, So.; DT
Michael Marquardt, Jr.; OT Brandon Rodd, Jr.; CB Justin Tryon,
CALIFORNIA: OT Andrew Cameron, Sr.; OLB Zack Follett,
So.; WR Lavelle Hawkins, Jr.; WR Robert Jordan, Jr.; QB Nate
Longshore, So.; OLB Mickey Pimentel, Sr.; OG Erik Robertson, Sr.
OREGON: CB Jairus Byrd, Fr.; ROV Patrick Chung, So.;
WR Jordan Kent, Sr.; OG Palauni Ma Sun, Sr.; MLB Blair Phillips,
Sr.; TE Dante Rosario, Sr.; CB Walter Thurmond, Fr.; DT Matt
Toeaina, Sr.; WR Jaison Williams, So.
OREGON STATE: OT Andy Levitre,
So.; QB Matt Moore, Sr.; TE Joe Newton, Sr.; OG Roy Schuening,
Jr.; DT Ben Siegert, Sr.; DE Jeff Van Orsow, Jr.
CB Brandon Harrison, Sr.; S Trevor Hooper, Sr.
CB Trey Brown, Jr.,; TB Chris Markey, Jr.; OG Shannon Tevaga,
USC: PK Mario Danelo, Jr.; SS Kevin Ellison,
So.; KOR C.J. Gable, Fr.; DT Fili Moala, So.; OLB Dallas
WASHINGTON: PK Michael Braunstein, Sr.;
P Sean Douglas, Sr.; CB Dashon Goldson, Sr.; DE Greyson Gunheim,
Jr; WR Sonny Shackelford, Sr.; QB Isaiah Stanback, Sr.; OG
Clay Walker, Sr.
WASHINGTON STATE: TE Cody Boyd, Sr.; CB Tyron
Brackenridge, Sr.; WR Michael Bumpus, Jr.; OLB Scott Davis,
Sr.; OT Charles Harris,
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