Pac-12 2018 Season Awards and All-Conference Team

Athlon hands out its awards from the 2018 season

Washington State entered the 2018 season with uncertainty at quarterback, but coach Mike Leach’s team ended the year with the Pac-12's Offensive Player of the Year on the Athlon Sports 2018 All-Pac-12 team. Gardner Minshew – a transfer from East Carolina – threw for 4,477 yards and 36 touchdowns to lead the Cougars to a 10-2 mark and a second-place finish in the Pac-12 North. North Division champion Washington boasted the league’s No. 1 defense, as coordinator Jimmy Lake’s group held opponents to 15.5 points a game. Cornerback Byron Murphy, safety Taylor Rapp and linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven lead the way for this group and all three earn first-team All-Pac-12 honors by Athlon Sports for 2018. Utah claimed the South Division title for the first time since joining the Pac-12, and as usual, coach Kyle Whittingham's team boasted a strong defense in Salt Lake City. Three players - John Penisini, Bradlee Anae and Chase Hansen - earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors by Athlon Sports.

 

Pac-12 2018 Awards

 

Off. Player of the Year: Gardner Minshew, Wash. State

Def. Player of the Year: Ben Burr-Kirven, Washington

Coach of the Year: Mike Leach, Washington State

Best Freshman (Offense): Jermar Jefferson, Oregon State

Best Freshman (Defense): Merlin Robertson, Ariz. State

Def. Coordinator of the Year: Jimmy Lake, Washington

Newcomer of the Year: Gardner Minshew, Wash. State

Breakout Player: Joshua Kelley, UCLA

 

With the regular season completed and bowl season starting on Dec. 15, it’s time to recap and look back at the 2018 campaign. Athlon Sports offers its awards and honors the best players in the league with the first, second and third all-conference teams for the Pac-12:

 

Pac-12 2018 Postseason All-Conference Team
 

First-Team

Offense

Second-Team

Offense

Third-Team

Offense

QB

Gardner Minshew

Washington State

K.J. Costello

Stanford

Justin Herbert

Oregon

RB

Eno Benjamin

Arizona State

Myles Gaskin

Washington

Jermar Jefferson

Oregon State

RB

Joshua Kelley

UCLA

Zack Moss

Utah

CJ Verdell

Oregon

AP

J.J. Taylor

Arizona

Britain Covey

Utah

James Williams

Washington State

WR

Laviska Shenault

Colorado

Dillon Mitchell

Oregon

Isaiah Hodgins

Oregon State

WR

N'Keal Harry

Arizona State

Shawn Poindexter

Arizona

Easop Winston

Washington State

WR

JJ Arcega-Whiteside

Stanford

Michael Pittman

USC

Aaron Fuller

Washington

TE

Caleb Wilson

UCLA

Kaden Smith

Stanford

Colby Parkinson

Stanford

C

Nick Harris

Washington

Jake Hanson

Oregon

Cohl Cabral

Arizona State

OL

Andre Dillard

Washington State

Gus Lavaka

Oregon State

Patrick Mekari

California

OL

Kaleb McGary

Washington

Jackson Barton

Utah

Chuma Edoga

USC

OL

Calvin Throckmorton

Oregon

Jordan Agasiva

Utah

Abe Lucas

Washington State

OL

Shane Lemieux

Oregon

Chris Brown

USC

Walker Little

Stanford

       
 

First-Team

Defense

Second-Team

Defense

Third-Team

Defense

DL

John Penisini

Utah

Mustafa Johnson

Colorado

Jordon Scott

Oregon

DL

Greg Gaines

Washington

Christian Rector

USC

Jalen Jelks

Oregon

DL

Bradlee Anae

Utah

Logan Tago

Washington State

Leki Fotu

Utah

LB

Nate Landman

Colorado

Justin Hollins

Oregon

Cody Barton

Utah

LB

Ben Burr-Kirven

Washington

Troy Dye

Oregon

Peyton Pelluer

Washington State

LB

Chase Hansen

Utah

Colin Schooler

Arizona

Cameron Smith

USC

LB

Jordan Kunaszyk

California

Evan Weaver

California

Merlin Robertson

Arizona State

CB

Byron Murphy

Washington

Jaylon Johnson

Utah 

Julian Blackmon

Utah

CB

Paulson Adebo

Stanford

Camryn Bynum

California

Iman Marshall

USC

S

Taylor Rapp

Washington

Thomas Graham (CB)

Oregon

Darnay Holmes (CB)

UCLA

S

Ashtyn Davis

California

Ugo Amadi

Oregon

Jalen Thompson

Washington State

       
 

First-Team

Specialists

Second-Team

Specialists

Third-Team

Specialists

K

Matt Gay

Utah

Jet Toner

Stanford

Brandon Ruiz

Arizona State

P

Mitch Wishnowsky

Utah

Jake Bailey

Stanford

Stefan Flintoft

UCLA

KR

Ashtyn Davis

California

Tony Brooks-James

Oregon

Travell Harris

Washington State

PR

Britain Covey

Utah

Shun Brown

Arizona

Tyler Vaughns

USC

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