Pac-12 superlative tracker

October, 10, 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. De'Anthony Thomas, RB/WR, Oregon: Thomas had 10 carries for 75 yards and a touchdown and one reception for 12 yards in the win over Washington. He needs to make more big plays to stay on top of this list.

2. Matt Barkley, QB, USC: Big bounce back performance against Utah. He completed 23 of 30 passes for 303 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions, and could have had more if not for a couple of drops. He's third in the Pac-12 and 27th in the nation in passing efficiency, and his 15 TD passes are tied for the lead in the conference.

3. Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon: He rushed for 122 yards on 20 carries (6.1 average) against Washington. He ranks second in the Pac-12 and 12th in the nation with 121.2 yards rushing per game.

4. Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA: Franklin had 15 carries for 103 yards (6.9 average) in the loss to California. But he had no TDs in a losing effort. He ranks first in the Pac-12 and seventh in the nation with 133.3 yards per game.

5. Taylor Kelly, QB, Arizona State: Kelly, who was off this past weekend, is first in the Pac-12 and 10th in the nation in passing efficiency. The Sun Devils are second in the Pac-12 and 23rd in the nation with 38.4 points per game.

Keep an eye on: USC WR Marqise Lee; Arizona QB Matt Scott; Oregon QB Marcus Mariota; Oregon State WR Markus Wheaton; Stanford RB Stepfan Taylor.

Defensive player of the year

1. Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State: Off this past weekend. Ranks second in the conference and fifth in the nation with 1.3. sacks per game, despite mostly playing on the inside. He's second on the Sun Devils with 34 tackles, including 10 for a loss, which ranks third in the pac-12. Also has 6.5 sacks, a forced fumble and two pass breakups.

2. Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah: He started very strong against USC but faded a bit. Had three tackles, a tackle for a loss and a fumble recovery against the Trojans. He's fifth on the Utes with 22 tackles and leads the team with five tackles for a loss. He also has a sack, a fumble recovery, two pass breakups and two forced fumbles.

3. Chase Thomas, OLB, Stanford: He had eight tackles, a tackle for a loss and an interception in the overtime win over Arizona. He leads Stanford in tackles (31) and is tied for the team lead with 6.0 tackles for a loss. Also has 2.5 sacks.

4. Morgan Breslin, DE, USC: He had five tackles, one tackle for a loss and a fumble recovery against Utah. He has 5.5 sacks and ranks second in the conference with 2.1 tackles for a loss per game.

Keep an eye on: T.J. McDonald, S, USC; Travis Long, OLB, Washington State; Chris Young, LB, Arizona State

Coach of the year

1. Mike Riley, Oregon State: If the Beavers keep trucking without starting QB Sean Mannion, it will only bolster Riley's standing.

2. Chip Kelly, Oregon: There's a rumor that Kelly actually views his standing here as a rivalry game and privately entertains hypotheticals about how he can win this honor.

3. Todd Graham, Arizona State: Graham could jump to the top of this list if Tempe is ablaze with euphoria on the night of Oct. 18.

Keep an eye on: Lane Kiffin, USC.

Ted Miller | email

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