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Pac-12 2014 Season Awards and All-Conference Team

Arizona Wildcats

Arizona Wildcats

The Pac-12 entered the season with eyes on knocking off the SEC as the best league in college football.

While that may not happen until Oregon knocks off both Florida State and Alabama in the College Football Playoff, the Pac-12 has clearly separated itself as the best league outside of the SEC and has set itself up to be on par with the SEC if the Ducks can win two more games.

Star power at quarterback, a deep collection of head coaches and renewed financial support across the league makes the Pac-12 one of the best two conferences in the nation. 

As far as conference awards and all-conference teams, there were very few difficult decisions.

2014 Season Awards and All-Conference Teams:
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Pac-12 2014 Season Awards

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Coach of the Year: Rich Rodriguez, Arizona

The Wildcats were picked to finish fourth in the Pac-12 South by Athlon Sports, as well as the preseason media throng. In fact, three different teams got first place votes in the South and Arizona wasn’t one of them. The Wildcats won 10 games, including matchups at Oregon, at Utah and over Arizona State at home in the division clincher. As Pac-12 South champs, Rich Rodriguez is the obvious choice for Coach of the Year and should get plenty of votes nationally.

Offensive Player of the Year: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

What more can be said about the star quarterback from Oregon? Marcus Mariota was simply brilliant in 2014, accounting for 53 total touchdowns and just two interceptions. His 4,452 yards of total offense topped the nation as well. He is the frontrunner to win the Heisman Trophy for a reason.

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Defensive Player of the Year: Scooby Wright III, LB, Arizona

What more can be said about the star linebacker from Arizona? Wright III is one of the most disruptive players in the nation in leading his team to the Pac-12 title game. He finished second in the nation in tackles (153), first in tackles for loss (27.0), third in sacks (14.0) and first in forced fumbles (6). The Cats linebacker has already won the Nagurski Award as the nation’s best defensive player.

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Newcomer of the Year: Devontae Booker, RB, Utah

According to 247Sports.com, Booker was the No. 103-ranked junior college prospect entering the college ranks in 2014. He was a three-star recruit who turned into a first-team performer in just one season in Salt Lake City. He led the Pac-12 with 266 attempts and finished second with 1,350 yards. He carried his team to victory over UCLA, Oregon State, USC and Stanford.

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Freshman of the Year: Anu Solomon, QB, Arizona

The redshirt freshman quarterback led all freshmen nationally in passing yards (3,458) and finished behind only Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett in touchdown passes (27) and total offense (3,717) among freshmen. He also led his team to an unexpected berth in the Pac-12 title game. He is a perfect fit for RichRod’s offense and has a huge future ahead of him in Tucson.

Coordinator of the Year: Scott Frost, Oregon

Many believe Mark Helfrich or Mariota deserve the credit for Oregon’s massive offensive output this fall. While both will get their share of kudos (rightly so), Scott Frost has been recognized by the Frank Broyles Award as one of the five best coordinators in the country. The Ducks were No. 3 in total offense (546.2), No. 2 in yards per play (7.35) and No. 3 in scoring offense (46.3).

Breakout Player of the Year: Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon

He led the Pac-12 in rushing touchdowns (16) and was fourth in the league in rushing (1,299). What made Freeman so important to Oregon, however, was his emergence following the loss to Arizona. All six 100-yard games came after the loss as did 11 of his 16 rushing touchdowns. His emergence allowed Mark Helfrich to move Byron Marshall to receiver and it helped protect Mariota in the second half of the season. The elite recruit from California totally lived up to his prep hype.

Pac-12 2014 All-Conference Team

First-Team Offense

Second-Team Offense

QB Marcus Mariota
Oregon 

QB Brett Hundley
UCLA 

RB Javorius Allen
USC 

RB Devontae Booker
Utah 

RB Royce Freeman
Oregon 

RB Paul Perkins
UCLA 

WR Nelson Agholor
USC 

WR Nelson Spruce
Colorado 

WR Jaelen Strong
Arizona State 

WR Vince Mayle
Washington State 

TE Pharaoh Brown
Oregon 

TE Austin Hooper
Stanford 

OL Hroniss Grasu
Oregon 

OL Jake Brendel
UCLA 

OL Andrus Peat
Stanford 

OL Kyle Murphy
Stanford 

OL Jake Fisher
Oregon 

OL Nick Kelly
Arizona State 

OL Max Tuerk
USC 

OL Steven Gurrola
Arizona 

OL Jamil Douglas
Arizona State 

OL Jeremiah Poutasi
Utah 

AP D.J. Foster
Arizona State 

AP Adoree Jackson
USC 

 

 

Second-Team Offense

Second-Team Defense

DL Leonard Williams
USC 

DL  Henry Anderson
Stanford 

DL Nate Orchard
Utah 

DL  DeForest Buckner
Oregon 

DL Danny Shelton
Washington 

DL  Owamagbe Odigihizuwa
UCLA 

DL/LB  Hau'oli Kikaha
Washington 

DL  Dylan Wynn
Oregon State 

LB  Shaq Thompson
Washington 

LB  A.J. Tarpley
Stanford 

LB  Eric Kendricks
UCLA 

LB  Myles Jack
UCLA 

LB  Scooby Wright III
Arizona 

LB  Jared Norris
Utah 

CB  Ifo Ekpre-Olomu
Oregon 

CB  Steven Nelson
Oregon State 

CB  Ishmael Adams
UCLA 

CB  Troy Hill
Oregon 

S  Su'a Cravens
USC 

S  Damarious Randall
Arizona State 

S Jordan Richards
Stanford 

S  Erick Dargan
Oregon 

 

 

First-Team Specialists

Second-Team Specialists

K  Andy Phillips
Utah 

K  Zane Gonzalez
Arizona State 

P Tom Hackett
Utah 

P  Drew Riggleman
Arizona 

KR  Ty Montgomery
Stanford 

KR  Trevor Davis
Cal 

PR  Kaelin Clay
Oregon 

PR  Nelson Agholor
USC