Wednesday, November 14, 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. Marqise Lee, WR, USC: Lee caught 10 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown in the win over Arizona State. He ranks second in the nation in both receptions (9.8) and receiving yards per game (144.7). He may play defense against UCLA.
2. Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon: Barner rushed 20 times for 65 yards and caught three balls for 35 yards in the win over California. He didn't score a touchdown. He ranks fourth in the nation with 136 yards rushing per game and leads the conference with 19 touchdowns.
3. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon: Mariota completed 27 of 34 passes for 377 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions in the win over Cal. That's a 230.79 passing efficiency rating. He now ranks No. 1 in the nation in passing efficiency. He is completing nearly 72 percent of his passes with 28 TDs.
4. Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona: Carey rushed for a Pac-12 record 366 yards and five touchdowns in the win over Colorado, averaging 14.6 yards on his 25 carries. He now ranks second in the nation with 138.1 yards rushing per game. He is second to Barner with 18 TDs.
5. Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA: He rushed 19 times for 66 yards in the win over Washington State. He also caught four passes for 45 yards and a score. He ranks sixth in the nation with 127 yards rushing per game.
Keep an eye on: Oregon State WR Markus Wheaton; USC QB Matt Barkley
Defensive player of the year
1. Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA: Barr recorded eight tackles, 2.5 sacks -- one of which produced a safety -- and blocked a punt in the win over Washington State. He has 11 sacks this season. He's second in the Pac-12 with 1.1 sacks per game and second with 1.7 tackles for a loss per game. He also has three forced fumbles.
2. Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State: Poyer, who sat out last week with a knee injury, returned to action against Stanford and recorded five tackles, including one for a loss. He is No. 2 in the nation with 0.63 interceptions per game. For the season, he's got 27 tackles, three tackles for a loss, a sack, forced fumble, five interceptions and nine pass defenses.
3. Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State: Sutton had eight tackles, two tackles for a loss and a sack in the loss to USC. He leads the conference in sacks (1.19 per game) and tackles for a loss (1.89 per game). He ranks fourth in the nation in sacks per game.
4. Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah: Lotulelei had two tackles and a sack in the loss to Washignton. He's sixth on the Utes with 33 tackles and leads the team with nine tackles for a loss. He also has four sacks, three fumble recoveries, three pass breakups and three forced fumbles.
5. Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State:Crichton had a tackle for a loss against Stanford. He is third in the Pac-12 in both sacks (1.0 per game) and tackles for a loss (1.17 per game). His sack total ranks eighth in the nation. For the season, has 34 total tackles, 15 tackles for a loss, nine sacks and a forced fumble.
Keep an eye on: Washington CB Desmond Trufant; Oregon LB Kiko Alonso.
Coach of the year
1. Chip Kelly, Oregon: Kelly is in position to win his fourth consecutive Pac-12 crown and play for the national title for the second time in three years.
2. Mike Riley, Oregon State: If the Beavers win out, beating Oregon along the way, it's likely that Riley wins this award.
3. Jim Mora, UCLA: If the Bruins go to the Rose Bowl in Mora's first year, how could he not win the award?
Keep an eye on: Rich Rodriguez, Arizona