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Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Pac-12 superlative tracker

By Ted Miller

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. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford: Luck ranks fifth in the nation in passing efficiency. He has completed 72 percent of his passes for 269.7 yards per game with 20 touchdowns and three interceptions. He's also rushed for 83 yards and a touchdown and caught a 13-yard pass with one hand.

2. LaMichael James, RB, Oregon: James sat out his second game with a dislocated elbow. While his 170.4 yards rushing per game would lead the nation, after missing two games he no longer qualifies for NCAA statistical rankings.

3. Chris Polk, RB, Washington: Polk ranks first in the Pac-12 (see above) and fifth in the nation in rushing with 124.6 yards per game.

4. Keith Price, QB, Washington: Price has 22 touchdown passes this season, most in the Pac-12 and fourth most in Huskies history. He ranks sixth in the nation in passing efficiency and second in the Pac-12.

5. Robert Woods, WR, USC: Woods caught 12 passes for 119 yards with two touchdowns in the Trojans' win over Notre Dame. He ranks No. 2 in the nation with 128.9 receiving yards per game.

Defensive player of the year

1. Chase Thomas, LB, Stanford: Thomas leads the conference with 5.5 sacks and is tied for first with 10 tackles for a loss. He has 33 tackles overall. He's also forced three fumbles.

2. Mychal Kendricks, LB, California: Kendricks is third in the conference with 7.9 tackles per game. He also has five tackles for a loss.

3. Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State: Burfict ranks third on the Sun Devils with 36 tackles, with 5.5 tackles for a loss and four sacks. He also has an interception and four passes defended.

4. Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State: The freshman has four sacks and is tied with Thomas with 10 tackles for a loss. He also is tied for first in the conference with four forced fumbles.

Coach of the year

1. Dennis Erickson, Arizona State: Even with the loss at Oregon, the Sun Devils have overcome injuries and continue to be the South Division favorites.

2. David Shaw, Stanford: Stanford is now squarely in the national title hunt. Shaw is unbeaten as a head coach, and each of his wins were blowouts. He seems to be doing OK so far.

3. Chip Kelly, Oregon: Kelly's Ducks are again in position to win the conference title, their third in a row.

4. Steve Sarkisian, Washington: The Huskies are 5-2 with a big-time showdown with Oregon on Nov. 5 ahead. The program has taken big steps in Year 3 with Sarkisian.