Pac-12 superlative tracker

October, 31, 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. Marqise Lee, WR, USC: Lee broke the Pac-12 record with 345 yards receiving on 16 catches in the Trojans' loss at Arizona. He scored two touchdowns and had a 72-yard kickoff return that set up a late USC score. He ranks second in the nation with 141.13 receiving yards per game and leads the Pac-12 with 10 touchdowns.

2. Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon: Barner carried nine times for 104 yards with two touchdowns in the blowout win over Colorado. He also caught two balls for 47 yards. He ranks 10th in the nation with 121.75 yards per game. He leads the conference with 14 rushing touchdowns.

3. Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA: Franklin carried the ball 26 times for 164 yards (6.3 average) with two rushing touchdowns in the win over Arizona State. He leads the Pac-12 and ranks seventh in the nation with 130.25 yards per game. He's scored six TDs.

4. Matt Scott, QB, Arizona: Scott passed for 369 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 100 yards and a score in the upset win over USC. He's second in the nation in total offense with 386.13 yards per game. He's thrown 20 TD passes and run for four. He's fifth in the conference in passing efficiency.

5. Matt Barkley, QB, USC: Barkley completed 31 of 49 passes for 493 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in the loss at Arizona. His 25 touchdown passes are five more than any other conference quarterback. He's second in the conference and 13th in the nation in passing efficiency.

Keep an eye on: Oregon RB/WR De'Anthony Thomas; Oregon QB Marcus Mariota; Stanford RB Stepfan Taylor; Arizona State QB Taylor Kelly; Oregon State WR Markus Wheaton

Defensive player of the year

1. Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State: Poyer had five tackles in the loss at Washington. He is second in the nation with 0.71 interceptions per game, or five on the season. For the season, he's got 27 tackles, three tackles for a loss, a sack, forced fumble and nine pass defenses.

2. Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State: Crichton had three tackles in a quiet performance at Washington. He is second in the Pac-12 in both sacks (1.14 per game) and tackles for a loss (1.79 per game). His sack total ranks seventh in the nation. For the season, has 28 total tackles, 12.5 tackles for a loss, eight sacks and a forced fumble.

3. Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah: Lotulelei had two tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in the win over California. He's fifth on the Utes with 29 tackles and leads the team with eight tackles for a loss. He also has three sacks, two fumble recoveries, three pass breakups and three forced fumbles.

4. Chase Thomas, OLB, Stanford: Thomas had six tackles and a tackle for a loss against Washington State. He leads Stanford in tackles (48) and has 9.5 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks and an interception.

5. Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA: Barr had five tackles and a sack in the win over Arizona State. He's third in the Pac-12 with 1.0 sacks per game and sixth with 1.44 tackles for a loss per game. He's third on the Bruins with 42 tackles and also has three forced fumbles.

6. Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State: Sutton hasn't played the past two games due to a knee injury but he still lead the conference in sacks (1.21 per game) and tackles for a loss (2.0 per game). There's a chance he could play Saturday at Oregon State.

Keep an eye on: 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 are no longer undefeated but Riley is still in the lead here because 6-1 remains well ahead of what anyone projected for this team.

2. Chip Kelly, Oregon: He's the energizer bunny. He keeps winning and winning. And if he finishes 13-0, he'd likely eclipse even a brilliant turnaround in Corvallis.

Keep an eye on: Rich Rodriguez, Arizona; Jim Mora, UCLA.

Ted Miller | email

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