Pac-12 superlative tracker

November, 7, 2012
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We're 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 Trophy update.

Offensive player of the year

1. Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon: Barner rushed 38 times for a school-record 321 yards (8.4 average) with five touchdowns in the win over USC. He also caught two balls for 26 yards. Barner ranks second in the nation with 143.89 yards rushing per game and is second in the nation with 20 rushing TDs.

2. Marqise Lee, WR, USC: Lee caught 12 balls for 157 yards and two touchdowns in the loss to Oregon. He ranks second in the nation with 142.89 yards receiving and ranks third with 12 TDs. He and Barner are almost certain consensus All-Americans.

3. Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA: Franklin became UCLA’s all-time leading rusher after rushing for 162 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries in the blowout win over Arizona. He ranks fourth in the nation with 133.78 yards per game.

Keep an eye on: Oregon QB Marcus Mariota; Oregon State WR Markus Wheaton; USC QB Matt Barkley; Arizona QB Matt Scott

Defensive player of the year

1. Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State: Poyer sat out the Beavers win over Arizona State with a knee injury. He is expected to return this week. He's No. 1 in the nation with 0.71 interceptions per game. For the season, he's got 27 tackles, three tackles for a loss, a sack, forced fumble, five interceptions and nine pass defenses.

2. Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State: Crichton had five tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss, a sack and a pass breakup in the win over the Sun Devils. He is second in the Pac-12 in both sacks (1.12 per game) and tackles for a loss (1.75 per game). His sack total ranks seventh in the nation. For the season, has 33 total tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, nine sacks and a forced fumble.

3. Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah: Lotulelei had two tackles and a fumble recovery in the win over Washington State. He's sixth on the Utes with 31 tackles and leads the team with eight tackles for a loss. He also has three sacks, three fumble recoveries, three pass breakups and three forced fumbles.

5. Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA: Barr had 3.5 tackles and two tackles for a loss in the win over Arizona. He's third in the Pac-12 with 0.94 sacks per game and tied for third with 1.56 tackles for a loss per game. He's third on the Bruins with 46 tackles and also has three forced fumbles.

6. Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State: Sutton returned against Oregon State after missing two games. He had two tackles, a sack and two pass breakups against the Beavers. He still lead the conference in sacks (1.19 per game) and tackles for a loss (1.88 per game).

Keep an eye on: Washington CB Desmond Trufant; Oregon LB Kiko Alonso.

Coach of the year

1. Mike Riley, Oregon State: If the Beavers win out, they go to the Rose Bowl. If they lose only one of their final three games, they still have a pretty good shot of going to the Rose Bowl, if Oregon plays for the national title. After a 3-9 season in 2011, that probably would get Riley the award.

2. Chip Kelly, Oregon: Well, if Kelly leads the Ducks to their second national title game in three years, it would be difficult to not give him the nod.

3. Jim Mora, UCLA: Of course, what if UCLA wins the South Division and the Bruins advance to the Rose Bowl?


Keep an eye on: Rich Rodriguez, Arizona

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