Pac-12 2014 Season Awards and All-Conference Team

Athlon hands out its awards from the 2014 season.

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 

 

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