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Pac-12 superlative tracker

11/2/2011

Tracking the offensive, defensive and coach of the year races in the Pac-12.

For a more thorough look at offense, re-read our Heisman Watch update.

Offensive player of the year

1. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford: He ranks fifth in the nation in passing efficiency. He's completing 72 percent of his throws with 23 touchdowns and four interceptions.

2. Chris Polk, RB, Washington: Polk ranks second in the Pac-12 and fifth in the nation with 127 yards rushing per game. His nine rushing touchdowns rank second in the conference.

3. LaMichael James, RB, Oregon: James returned to action against Washington State after missing two games. He had 53 yards rushing on 13 carries in the Ducks' win. He ranks second in the nation with 150.8 yards rushing per game.

4. Robert Woods, WR, USC: Woods caught nine passes for 89 yards and a touchdown in the triple-overtime loss to Stanford. He ranks No. 5 in the nation with 123.9 receiving yards per game.

Defensive player of the year

1. Chase Thomas, LB, Stanford: Thomas leads the conference in sacks (5.5) and tackles for loss (11.5). He's also forced three fumbles.

2. Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State: Burfict ranks second on the Sun Devils with 45 tackles, with 6.0 tackles for loss and four sacks. He also has an interception and four passes defended.

3. Mychal Kendricks, LB, California: Kendricks is fifth in the conference with 7.4 tackles per game. He also has 6.5 tackles for loss.

Coach of the year

1. Dennis Erickson, Arizona State: If the Sun Devils win out and win the South Division, Erickson is a good bet for coach of the year -- unless these other guys do something really special. Like play for a national title.

2. David Shaw, Stanford: Shaw remains unbeaten as a head coach. If he's still unbeaten on Dec. 3, he's the Coach of the Year.

3. Chip Kelly, Oregon: How could Kelly not be Coach of the Year if he wins a third consecutive Pac-12 title?

4. Steve Sarkisian, Washington: Sark's candidacy needs a win on Saturday against Kelly.