Trojans Not Banned From Individual Awards

Despite not being able to play in a bowl ban, the Trojans weren't banned from receiving individual awards in 2011.

Despite the NCAA sanctions preventing USC from receiving any postseason glory, individual Trojans got their own recognition in the Pac-12 conference's annual awards.

Two Trojans were named Freshmen of the Year in linebacker Dion Bailey and receiver Marqise Lee. Lee was named co-offensive freshman of the year with Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas.

Lee ranked fifth in the league with 6.1 receptions per game and 95.2 receiving yards per contest. In USC's win over Oregon, Lee had 325 all-purpose yards, including a career-high 187 receiving yards. The Serra High product was also named to the All-Pac-12 Conference Second Team.

Bailey and Hayes Pullard, the Trojans' starting outside linebackers and redshirt freshmen, both ended the season with a team-high 81 tackles. Against Arizona, Bailey had a career-high 14 tackles, the most by a USC freshman since Chris Claiborne's 20 in 1996.

While Stanford's David Shaw was named the league's 2011 Coach of the Year after taking over for current NFL coach Jim Harbaugh and leading the Cardinal to a fantastic 11-1 record, many thought the award would go to USC's second year head coach Lane Kiffin. Kiffin, whose Trojans earned one less win than Stanford at 10-2, managed to pull off a stunning victory over Oregon at Autzen Stadium and nearly beat Stanford in a thrilling triple-overtime game at the Coliseum.

One winner that wasn't up for debate was USC receiver Robert Woods, who was the only unanimous selection on the All-Pac-12 Football First Team.

In fact, USC placed the most players on the Pac-12 first team with seven selections, followed by Stanford with six and Oregon with five.

Other first-team winners for the Trojans were offensive tackle Matt Kalil, defensive end Nick Perry, defensive backs T.J. McDonald and Nickell Robey and special teams' Andre Heidari and Rhett Ellison.

Five players from Southern California were named to the conference's second team, including USC quarterback Matt Barkley.

On Monday the league also announced that Barkley was named the Pac-12's Football Player of the Week for the final week of the regular season. It is his fourth time being named to that list. He is still in contention as a Heisman Trophy candidate, along with Andrew Luck, named the Pac-12 Conference's first-team quarterback.

Four Trojans in tailback Curtis McNeal, Pullard, tight end Randall Telfer and defensive tackle Christian Tupou were named All-Pac-12 honorable mention.


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