Thursday, October 28, 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 (161.8 yards per game) and he's a leading Heisman Trophy candidate.
2. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford: He's seventh in the nation in passing efficiency for the nation's 13th-ranked team and remains in the Heisman Trophy race.
3. Matt Barkley, QB, USC: He ranks sixth in the nation in passing efficiency and leads the Pac-10 with 20 touchdown passes. And if he beats Oregon, 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 seven tackles for a loss, including three sacks, with two interceptions and he's forced and recovered two fumbles. His status on top, though, is precarious because of the Bruins' recent woes.
2. Brandon Bair, DT, Oregon: He leads the Pac-10 with 13 tackles for a loss, which is two more than anyone else -- his 1.86 TFL per game is tied for seventh in the nation. He also has five pass breakups.
3. Ricky Elmore, DE, Arizona: Playing for the Pac-10's best defense, he leads the conference with seven sacks, which is 2.5 more than anyone else. His one sack per game average is tied for 10th in the nation.
4. Mason Foster, LB, Washington: He leads the Pac-10 with 11.7 tackles per game, with 5.5 for a loss. He's also forced two fumbles.
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. Kelly has been known, however, to sing along with songs, only without knowing the correct words, which everyone knows is almost unforgivable.
2. Mike Stoops, Arizona: Arizona turned in perhaps its best performance of the season against Washington using its backup quarterback, Matt Scott. If Stanford and Arizona survive this weekend, it will be a big showdown between the Wildcats and Cardinal in Palo Alto on Nov. 6. Will Nick Foles be ready to go by then?
3. Jim Harbaugh, Stanford: Stanford is ranked 13th in the BCS standings and remains a Rose Bowl contender.