Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Poll: Underrated players
By Kevin Gemmell
Last week Ted and I gave you our thoughts on a couple of Pac-12 players who we felt were underrated and didn't make either the first- or-second team all-league squad.
Ted went with UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks. I opted for Washington running back Bishop Sankey.
But there were plenty more players who didn't make the first- or second-team all-conference squad that fall under the category of underrated. Here's the all-league team again if you haven't committed it to memory.
So your Tuesday poll question for this week: Which Pac-12 player not on the first or second team was the most underrated? And if there is a player you believe is underrated, but isn't a poll option, you should definitely take it as a personal attack against you and realize that Ted and I are out to ruin your day.
Your options (all of which received honorable mention nods):
Carl Bradford, LB, Arizona State: His teammate Will Sutton got defensive player of the year. Fellow linebacker Brandon Magee was second-team all-conference. All Bradford did was match Sutton in total sacks (10.5) and finish fourth in the league in tackles for a loss with 17.5.
Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State: He truly had a breakout season (that at least one person saw coming) while playing alongside Markus Wheaton -- a first-team all-league pick. He hauled in 64 balls for 1,120 yards and five touchdowns.
Eric Kendricks, LB, UCLA: He led the Pac-12 in tackles with 137 and averaged more than 10 tackles per game. That ranked 12th nationally. But much like Sankey, there were some pretty elite linebackers in the conference this year, making it tough to break on to the all-league team.
Terrance Mitchell, DB, Oregon: "Mitchell might be the best cover corner in the Pac-12," declared Ted in a recent video mailbag. He noted that Oregon defensive back Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, a first-team selection by the coaches and the Pac-12 blog, might have gotten his gaudy numbers because teams were throwing away from Mitchell.
Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington: He rushed for 1,234 yards and 15 touchdowns. Impressive numbers indeed, but it's tough to crack the all-league team when three of the four All-Americans are from the Pac-12. As noted in the Take 2 last week, he'd be the leading rusher in the Big East and ACC.