Pac-12 superlative tracker

October, 24, 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: Rushed for 143 yards (8.9 average) with three touchdowns, including a 71-yard score, in the win over Arizona State. He sat out the fourth quarter. For the year, he ranks 10th in the nation and second in the Pac-12 with 124.29 yards per game. He leads conference running backs with 12 TDs.

2. Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State: Wheaton caught seven passes for 90 yards in the win over Utah. His 109 yards receiving per game ranks 10th in the nation and third in the Pac-12.

3. Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA: Franklin was off last weekend. He ranks first in the Pac-12 and ninth in the nation with 125.4 yards per game.

4. Matt Barkley, QB, USC: Barkley completed 19-of-20 for 298 yards, 6 touchdowns and no interceptions in the win over Colorado, the most efficient passing performance in FBS football this season. He now ranks 13th in the nation in passing efficiency, completing 65.7 percent of his throws with 22 touchdowns and six interceptions.

5. Taylor Kelly, QB, Arizona State: Kelly has a tough time against the Oregon defense, completing 10 of 18 passes for 93 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. He also rushed for 38 yards. He is still first in the Pac-12 and eighth in the nation in passing efficiency.

Keep an eye on: De'Anthony Thomas, RB/WR, Oregon; USC WR Marqise Lee; Arizona QB Matt Scott; Oregon QB Marcus Mariota; Stanford RB Stepfan Taylor.

Defensive player of the year

1. Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State: Poyer is second in the nation with 0.83 interceptions per game, or five on the season. He has seven tackles against Utah. For the season, he's got 22 tackles, three tackles for a loss, a sack, forced fumble and nine pass defenses.

2. Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State: Crichton had nine tackles, 1.5 coming for a loss, and a key fumble recovery in the win over Utah. He leads the Pac-12 in both sacks (1.33 per game) and tackles for a loss (2.08 per game). His sack total ranks second in the nation. For the season, has 25 total tackles, 12.5 tackles for a loss, eight sacks and a forced fumble.

3. Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah: Had three tackles, one coming for a loss, and a pass breakup against Oregon State. He's fourth on the Utes with 27 tackles and leads the team with seven tackles for a loss. He also has two sacks, a fumble recovery, three pass breakups and two forced fumbles.

4. Chase Thomas, OLB, Stanford: The Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week after he had seven tackles and 4.0 tackles for a loss, including a sack, in the Big Game win over California. He also forced a fumble and recovered another fumble. He leads Stanford in tackles (42) and has 9.0 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks and an interception.

5. Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State: Sutton got hurt on the first possession against Oregon, but he had a tackle for a loss and forced fumble that led to the Sun Devils opening TD. He's still second in the Pac-12 in tackles for a loss and sacks. The big question for him is when he gets back on the field.

6. Morgan Breslin, DE, USC: Breslin had six tackles in the win over Colorado. He has 7.0 sacks and ranks fourth in the conference with 1.71 tackles for a loss per game.

Keep an eye on: T.J. McDonald, S, USC; Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA, Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington, Travis Long, OLB, Washington State; Chris Young, LB, Arizona State

Coach of the year

1. Mike Riley, Oregon State: The Beavers have gone from a nice story to a legitimate top-10 team in the BCS bowl hunt.

2. Chip Kelly, Oregon: Kelly and the Ducks rolled through Arizona State. The Nov. 3 date at USC looms.

Keep an eye on: Todd Graham, Arizona State; Lane Kiffin, USC; Jim Mora, UCLA.

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