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Awards updates: Pac-12 rocks the punt

11/2/2011

Some awards updates...

Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, Oregon running back LaMichael James, USC quarterback Matt Barkley, USC wide receiver Robert Woods and Washington running back Chris Polk are among 16 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award, presented to the collegiate player of the year.

Here's the list:

Player Class Pos College

Matt Barkley Jr QB University of Southern California

Justin Blackmon Jr WR Oklahoma State University

Tajh Boyd So QB Clemson University

Ryan Broyles Sr WR University of Oklahoma

Robert Griffin, III Jr QB Baylor University

LaMichael James Jr RB University of Oregon

Landry Jones Jr QB University of Oklahoma

Case Keenum Sr QB University of Houston

Andrew Luck Sr QB Stanford University

Kellen Moore Sr QB Boise State University

Chris Polk Jr RB University of Washington

Trent Richardson Jr RB University of Alabama

Brandon Weeden Sr QB Oklahoma State University

Russell Wilson Sr QB University of Wisconsin

David Wilson Jr RB Virginia Tech University

Robert Woods So WR University of Southern California

Arizona State LB Vontaze Burfict and Stanford LB Chase Thomas are among the 16 semifinalists for the 2011 Chuck Bednarik Award, which is awarded to the defensive player of the year.

Here's the list.

Player Class Pos College

Mark Barron Sr DB University of Alabama

Arthur Brown Jr LB Kansas State University

Vontaze Burfict Jr LB Arizona State University

Morris Claiborne Jr DB Lousiana State University

Lavonte David Sr LB University of Nebraska

Dont'a Hightower Jr LB University of Alabama

Melvin Ingram Sr DL University of South Carolina

Luke Kuechly Jr LB Boston College

Tyrann Mathieu So DB Lousiana State University

Whitney Mercilus Jr DL Unviersity of Illinois

Sean Spence Sr LB University of Miami

Devon Still Sr DL Penn State University

Manti Te'o Jr LB University of Notre Dame

Chase Thomas Sr LB Stanford University

Courtney Upshaw Sr LB University of Alabama

Jerel Worthy Jr DL Michigan State University

USC safety T.J. McDonald was the only Pac-12 player named a Thorpe Award semifinalist this week. The award is given annually to the nation's best defensive back.

Here's the list.

Thorpe Award Semifinalists

Antonio Allen, South Carolina

David Amerson, North Carolina State

Jonathan Banks, Mississippi State

Mark Barron, Alabama

Brandon Boykin, Georgia

Brodrick Brown, Oklahoma State

Morris Claiborne, LSU

Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt

Jayron Hosley, Virginia Tech

Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma

Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama

Nigel Malone, Kansas State

Markelle Martin, Oklahoma State

T.J. McDonald, USC

Chase Minnifield, Virginia

Seven of the 54 punters on the 2011 Ray Guy Award watch list hail from the Pac-12: California's Bryan Anger, Arizona's Kyle Dugandzic, Oregon State's Johnny Hekker, Arizona State's Josh Hubner, UCLA's Jeff Locke, USC's Kyle Negret and Oregon's Jackson Rice.

So the conference has that going for it.

The list will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists to be announced on Nov. 11.

Here's the watch list.

2011 Ray Guy Award Candidates

Bryan Anger - California

Ben Armer - Western Michigan

Will Atterberry - North Texas

Trey Barrow - Missouri

Tyler Bennett - Utah State

Peter Boehme - Southern Mississippi

Dylan Breeding - Arkansas

Ben Buchanan - Ohio State

Drew Butler - Georgia

Ian Campbell - UTEP

Tyler Campbell - Ole Miss

Steven Clark - Auburn

Bobby Cowan - Idaho

Ryan Doerr - Kansas State

Ron Doherty - Kansas

Kyle Dugandzic - Arizona

Anthony Fera - Penn State

Will Goggans - Troy

Mickey Groody - Florida Atlantic

Eric Guthrie - Iowa

Johnny Hekker - Oregon State

Tom Hornsey - Memphis

Jimmy Howell - Virginia

Josh Hubner - Arizona State

Jay Karutz - Eastern Michigan

Anson Kelton - TCU

Alex King - Duke

Pete Kontodiakos - Colorado State

Scott Kovanda - Ball State

Chase Lansford - UNLV

Richie Leone - Houston

Jeff Locke - UCLA

Brett Maher - Nebraska

Kyle Martens - Rice

Austin McCoy - Wyoming

Brandon McManus - Temple

Kyle Negrete - USC

Brad Nortman - Wisconsin

Pat O’Donnell - Cincinnati

Shawn Powell - Florida State

Ryan Quigley - Boston College

Jackson Rice - Oregon

Matt Rinehart - Kent State

Brian Schmiedebusch - Bowling Green

Quinn Sharp - Oklahoma State

Brian Stahovich - San Diego State

Riley Stephenson - BYU

Ryan Tydlacka - Kentucky

Kirby Van Der Kamp - Iowa State

Cole Wagner - Connecticut

Cody Webster - Purdue

Kase Whitehead - Marshall

Brad Wing - LSU

Dawson Zimmerman - Clemson