Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Pac-10 superlative tracker
By ESPN.com staff
Tracking the offensive, defensive and coach of the year races in the Pac-10.
Offensive Player of the Year
1. LaMichael James,RB, Oregon: He leads the nation in rushing (169.6 yards per game) and he's a leading Heisman Trophy candidate.
2. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford: He's ninth in the nation in passing efficiency for the nation's 12th-ranked team and remains in the Heisman Trophy race.
3. Matt Barkley, QB, USC: He ranks eighth in the nation in passing efficiency and leads the nation with 20 touchdown passes. And if he beats Oregon on Oct. 30, he figures to become a Heisman Trophy candidate.
Defensive Player of the Year
1. Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA: The All-American candidate and likely first-round NFL draft pick has recorded 6.5 tackles for a loss, including three sacks, with two interceptions and he's forced and recovered two fumbles.
2. Brandon Bair, DT, Oregon: He leads the Pac-10 with 12 tackles for a loss, which is 3.5 more than anyone else -- his 2.0 TFL per game is tied for third in the nation. His five pass breakups are tied for eighth in the conference.
3. Mason Foster, LB, Washington: He leads the Pac-10 with 12 tackles per game, with 4.5 for a loss. He's also forced two fumbles.
4. Ricky Elmore, DE, Arizona: He leads the Pac-10 with six sacks.
Coach of the Year
1. Chip Kelly, Oregon: The Ducks are undefeated and ranked No. 2 in the BCS standings and No. 1 in both major polls. There are reports, however, that Kelly doesn't floss everyday.
2. Jim Harbaugh, Stanford: Stanford is ranked 12th in the BCS standings and remains a Rose Bowl contender.
3. Mike Stoops, Arizona: It will be interesting to see if the Wildcats keep winning with Matt Scott at QB until Nick Foles returns in a few weeks. If they do, that will boost Stoops' standing here.