The Morris Trophy is a unique award given to the outstanding offensive and defensive linemen in the Pacific-10 Conference. What makes the award unique is the selection procedure, which has the starting offensive linemen in the Conference voting for the defensive winner and vice versa. It is truly a players' award.
Ellis, a 6-foot-2, 305-pound senior from Chino, Calif., anchored the USC defense that led the Pac-10 in scoring defense (15.9) and total defense (258.8). He led USC linemen in tackles with 56, 28 solo, including 12.5 tackles for loss (-75 yards) and 8.5 quarterback sacks and had two fumble recoveries. He has posted 28.5 tackles for loss and 17.5 quarterback sacks in his career. Ellis is a two-time All-Pac-10 selection and was a unamimous selection by the Pac-10 coaches this season. He also has earned consensus first-team All-America status this year.
Mack, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound junior from Santa Barbara, Calif., joins Ellis as a two-time All-Pac-10 selection and a unanimous selection to the first team by the Pac-10 coaches this year. Mack also has been selected the first-team All-America center by The Sporting News. He has started all 25 games at center for the Golden Bears the last two seasons and anchors a unit that allowed a league-low 11 quarterback sacks in 12 games this year. In addition to his prowess on the field, Mack was named a first-team Pac-10 All-Academic selection by virtue of a 3.54 grade-point average in Legal Studies.
Ellis and Mack will be presented their awards at a luncheon at the prestigious Washington Athletic Club in Seattle in January, 2008. The Morris Trophy is sponsored by the Morris Family of Woodway, Wash., and the Washington Athletic Club.
- USC Sports Information Department