Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Pac-10 superlative tracker
By ESPN.com staff
Tracking the offensive, defensive and coach of the year races in the Pac-10. (And, yes, we've got no idea with the defensive award).
Offensive Player of the Year
1. LaMichael James, RB, Oregon: James rushed for 91 yards on 29 carries in the Ducks' win over California. He leads the nation in rushing yards per game (158.0) and rushing touchdowns (17).
2. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford: Luck completed 33 of 41 passes for 291 yards with an interception in the Cardinal's victory over Arizona State. He's the nation's 10th-rated passer with 22 touchdown passes and seven interceptions. He's completing 69.6 percent of his passes. He's also rushed for 373 yards and three touchdowns.
3. Darron Thomas, QB, Oregon: He ranks 18th in the nation in passing efficiency -- leading the nation's No. 1 team -- and is second in the Pac-10 with 23 touchdown passes. He's also rushed for 434 yards and four TDs.
Defensive Player of the Year
1. Ricky Elmore, DE, Arizona: He leads the conference with eight sacks, which is two more than anyone else. But he hasn't recorded a sack in the past two games, losses to Stanford and USC.
2. Brandon Bair, DT, Oregon: He's second in the Pac-10 with 13 tackles for a loss. He also has six pass breakups. And Oregon's defense continues to climb the statistical ladder.
3. Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA: The All-American candidate and likely first-round NFL draft pick has recorded nine tackles for a loss, including four sacks, with two interceptions and he's forced and recovered two fumbles.
4. Cliff Harris, CB, Oregon: Harris has scored five TDs this year without playing offense. He leads the Pac-10 with five interceptions and 15 pass defenses.
5. Cameron Jordan, DE, California: The potential first-round NFL draft pick has 10.5 tackles for a loss and 5.5 sacks and has forced three fumbles.
6. Kenny Rowe, DE, Oregon: Rowe ranks second in the conference with six sacks and fourth with 11 tackles for a loss. He also has forced three fumbles.
7. Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State: While the Beavers defense has struggled, it's not because of Paea, who has commanded double-teams all season. And he still has five sacks.
8. Mason Foster, LB, Washington: He leads the Pac-10 with 12.7 tackles per game, with 6.0 coming for a loss. He's also forced two and recovered two fumbles. The badness of the Huskies defense likely dooms his candidacy.
Coach of the Year
1. Chip Kelly, Oregon: The Ducks are undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the BCS standings and both major polls. Is known, however, to sometimes double-up on his meat course and skip the vegetables.
2. Jim Harbaugh, Stanford: Stanford is ranked sixth in the BCS standings and remains a Rose Bowl contender. Can't speak a word of Hungarian.