Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Pac-12 superlative tracker
By Ted Miller
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. Taylor Kelly, QB, Arizona State: Kelly is first in the Pac-12 and third in the nation in passing efficiency. He's completed 68 percent of his passes with 14 touchdowns and two interceptions. The Sun Devils are second in the Pac-12 and 17th in the nation with 40.5 points per game.
2. Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon: Off this past weekend. He ranks second in the Pac-12 and 12th in the nation with 121.2 yards rushing per game.
3. Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State: Wheaton is 10th in the nation with 112.8 receiving yards per game. His six TD receptions ranks second in the conference. He's also rushed 36 yards with a TD.
4. Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA: Franklin had 22 carries for 79 yards with a TD in the win over Utah. He ranks first in the Pac-12 and seventh in the nation with 125.4 yards per game.
5. De'Anthony Thomas, RB/WR, Oregon: Thomas is sixth in the conference in all-purpose yards. He's rushed for 377 yards (9.2 average) with six touchdowns and has caught 20 passes for 205 yards and three touchdowns. Big stage at Arizona State on Thursday.
6. Matt Barkley, QB, USC: After a nice game against Utah, Barkley was mediocre at Washington, completing 10 of 20 passes for 167 yards with a TD and interception. He's third in the Pac-12 and 30th in the nation in passing efficiency, and his 16 TD passes lead the conference.
Keep an eye on: USC WR Marqise Lee; Arizona QB Matt Scott; Oregon QB Marcus Mariota; Stanford RB Stepfan Taylor.
Defensive player of the year
1. Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State: Sutton had five tackles, three coming for a loss and two sacks at Colorado. He's second in the conference with 1.42 sacks per game and second in tackles for a loss with 2.17 per game. Also has a forced fumble and three pass breakups.
2. Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah: Had two tackles and a sack at UCLA. He's sixth on the Utes with 24 tackles and leads the team with six tackles for a loss. He also has two sacks, a fumble recovery, two pass breakups and two forced fumbles.
3. Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State: Poyer leads the nation with one interception per game, or five on the season. He's got 15 tackles, three tackles for a loss, a sack, forced fumble and nine pass defenses.
4. Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State: He leads the Pac-12 in both sacks (1.6 per game) and tackles for a loss (2.2 per game). He has 16 total tackles and a forced fumble.
5. Chase Thomas, OLB, Stanford: He had four tackles, a fumble recovery and three QB hurries at Notre Dame. He leads Stanford in tackles (35) and has 6.0 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks and an interception.
6. Morgan Breslin, DE, USC: Breslin had two tackles and 1.5 sacks at Wsshington. He has 7.0 sacks and ranks third in the conference with 2.0 tackles for a loss per game.
Keep an eye on: T.J. McDonald, S, USC; Demond Trufant, CB, Washington, Travis Long, OLB, Washington State; Chris Young, LB, Arizona State
Coach of the year
1. Mike Riley, Oregon State: Riley gets another check for winning impressively at BYU with his backup QB playing an outstanding game.
2. Chip Kelly, Oregon: The Ducks get their biggest test so far this season at Arizona State on Thursday.
3. Todd Graham, Arizona State: Graham could challenge Riley for the top spot if he and the Sun Devils beat Oregon on Thursday.
Keep an eye on: Lane Kiffin, USC; Jim Mora, UCLA.