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All-Pac-10 bowl team

January, 14, 2011
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Who distinguished themselves during the bowl season? Here's our All-Bowl Team.

Offense

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Mike Ehrmann/Getty ImagesAndrew Luck's performance helped key Stanford's blowout win against Virginia Tech.
QB Andrew Luck, Stanford: Luck completed 18 of 23 passes for 289 yards and four touchdowns in the Cardinal's 40-12 win over Virginia Tech in the Discover Orange Bowl. He also rushed for 15 yards and was sacked just once.
RB Chris Polk, Washington: Polk rushed for 177 yards on 34 carries with a touchdown in the Huskies win over Nebraska in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl.
RB Jeremy Stewart, Stanford: Sophomore Stepfan Taylor actually rushed for more yards, but Stewart, a senior who's battled injuries throughout his career, had 99 yards on just five carries, including a 60-yard touchdown against Virginia Tech.
WR Jeff Maehl, Oregon: Maehl caught nine passes for 133 yards with a long reception of 81 yards in the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game.
WR David Douglas, Arizona: Douglas caught six passes for 91 yards in the Valero Alamo Bowl.
TE Coby Fleener, Stanford: Fleenor had a career night in the Orange Bowl, catching six passes for 173 yards and three touchdowns.
OL Jonathan Martin, Stanford: Stanford rushed for 247 yards and allowed just one sack. Martin will be an All-American candidate in 2011.
OL Chase Beeler, Stanford: Beeler, the consensus All-American center, is the brains behind the bullies, leading one of the nation's best lines.
OL David DeCastro, Stanford: The first-team All-Pac-10 performer had a number of key blocks against the Hokies.
OL Senio Kelemete, Washington: Kelemete has a chance at All-Conference honors as a senior.
OL Cody Habben, Washington: The Huskies rushed for 268 yards and allowed no sacks versus Nebraska. A nice way for the senior right tackle to go out.

Defense

LB Mason Foster, Washington: Foster had a game-high 12 tackles, including two sacks in the Huskies win over Nebraska.
LB Shayne Skov, Stanford: Skov had a game-high 12 tackles, with three sacks and another tackle for a loss against the Hokies. He also broke up a pass.
LB Casey Matthews, Oregon: Matthews had six tackles, split a tackle for a loss and, most important, forced the late fumble from Cameron Newton that set up the Ducks touchdown that tied the count 19-19 late against Auburn.
LB Victor Aiyewa, Washington: Aiyewa had three tackles for a loss and two forced fumbles in the Holiday Bowl.
DT Alameda Ta'amu, Washington: Ta'amu dominated inside, recording a sack and recovering a fumble against the Cornhuskers.
DE Hau'oli Jamora, Washington: The true freshman had three tackles for a loss and a sack versus Nebraska.
DE Kenny Rowe, Oregon: Rowe was second on the Ducks with nine tackles, four of which came for a loss. He also had a sack and a forced fumble.
CB Cliff Harris, Oregon: Harris had three tackles, two pass breakups and an interception. A second interception was not upheld by replay officials.
CB Richard Sherman, Stanford: Sherman had just one tackle against Virginia Tech. It appears that the Hokies, who completed just 16 of 31 passes, decided not to throw his way.
S Delano Howell, Stanford: Howell had an interception, a sack and four tackles in the Orange Bowl.
S Nate Felner, Washington: Felner had four tackles and an interception in the Huskies win over Nebraska.

Special teams

K Rob Beard, Oregon: There wasn't a lot of great kicking this bowl season in the Pac-10, but Beard connected on a 26-yard field goal against Auburn and scored a 2-point play on an option pitch.
P David Green, Stanford: Green didn't punt much in the Orange Bowl, but he did average 46 yards when he did (three times).
KR Travis Cobb, Arizona: Cobb returned five kickoffs for 179 yards, with a long of 64 yards.

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Ed Donatell was not afraid to take, perhaps, the toughest job in Pac-10 coaching this season.

For one, he joined Tyrone Willingham's staff at Washington. As everyone knows, Willingham is decidedly on the hot seat and probably needs to lead the Huskies to a bowl game to retain his job for a fifth season.

Second, Donatell takes over the Pac-10's worst defense from 2007 -- statistically the worst in the history of the program.

Third, only six starters return from that unit, including only one with significant experience on the defensive line.

And, finally, beleaguered Husky fans love defense. They've been suffering for a while now watching various lineups flub around on the field with the memory of Don James' stingy units still fresh in many boosters' memories.

Donatell, who did get the security of a two-year contract worth $334,000 annually, brings a fresh perspective. He spent 12 of the past 13 seasons in the NFL and coordinated defenses for the Green Bay Packers (2000-2003) and Atlanta Falcons (2004-2006). Over the years, he's coached with Pete Carroll, Bruce Coslet, Mike Shanahan and Mike Sherman.

He said he likes attacking defenses, and Huskies fans surely would love to duplicate his 2004 Falcons unit that led the NFC in sacks.

How did you end up at Washington?

Ed Donatell: In a nutshell, with the Atlanta Falcons, it was my seventh year as a NFL defensive coordinator. When [Falcons coach Jim Mora] was let go, I wanted to remain a coordinator and did not get that done. So I went and worked with the Jets as a senior assistant. I looked at [NFL] coordinator positions and didn't get one last year. So I just kept moving along and this Washington thing came up. I knew it was a storied university with a great tradition and I've always believed teams that won in the past can win again. And the reputation of Tyrone Willingham and the people on the staff, it seemed like a good match for me to join up with them. I wanted to continue as a guy leading defenses.

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