While UCLA head coach Jim Mora has downplayed individual awards in favor of a team-oriented mentality, there’s no denying that some UCLA players have stood out from both the team and the entire Pac-12 conference.
And as a result, a few players were singled out for all-conference honors. Here’s the list of UCLA football players receiving recognition for the end-of-year honors:
1st Team All-Pac-12
OL Xavier Su’a-Filo: Sophomore.
LB Anthony Barr: Junior.
K Jeff Locke: Senior.
2nd Team All-Pac-12
RB Johnathan Franklin: Senior.
OL Jeff Baca: Senior.
DT Datone Jones: Senior.
Special Teams Player David Allen: Senior.
Quite a few players received some snubs, and among those is UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks, the Pac-12’s leading tackler. Kendricks receives an honorable mention, and though it’s hard to argue against those Stanford linebackers, Kendricks’ excellence all season goes largely unnoticed.
Additionally, Brett Hundley was snubbed from the first- and second-teams. While Oregon QB Marcus Mariota is the shoo-in at the first-team slot, it’s hard to put Arizona QB Matt Scott ahead of Hundley in the second-team slot. Hundley, too, received honorable mentions.
Stanford head coach David Shaw also beat out UCLA coach Jim Mora for Pac-12 Coach of the Year honors. Although David Shaw has a one-game advantage over Mora (10-2 to UCLA’s 9-3), Shaw was not a first-year head coach inheriting a 6-8 team that lost to USC 50-0. And while we recognize Shaw is a fine coach who should win the award any other year, we’re also going to stick to homerism a bit here and say Mora was a tad more deserving.
Here’s the full slate of awards and honors, via the Pac-12:
Offensive Player of the Year: Marqise Lee, USC
Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year: Will Sutton, Arizona State
Freshman Offensive Player of the Year: Marcus Mariota, Oregon
Freshman Defensive Player of the Year: Leonard Williams, USC
Coach of the Year: David Shaw, Stanford
2012 ALL-PAC-12 CONFERENCE FOOTBALL TEAM
First Team Offense
QB Marcus Mariota, Fr., Oregon
RB Kenjon Barner, Sr., Oregon
RB Ka’Deem Carey, So., Arizona
WR Marqise Lee, So., USC
WR Markus Wheaton, Sr., Oregon State
TE Zach Ertz, Sr., Stanford
OL Hroniss Grasu, So., Oregon
OL Khaled Holmes, Sr., USC
OL Brian Schwenke, Sr., California
OL Xavier Su’a-Filo, So., UCLA
OL David Yankey, Jr., Stanford
Second Team Offense
QB Matt Scott, Sr., Arizona
RB Johnathan Franklin, Sr., UCLA
RB Stepfan Taylor, Sr., Stanford
WR Austin Hill, So., Arizona
WR Robert Woods, Jr., USC
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, So., Washington
OL Jeff Baca, Sr., UCLA
OL David Bakhtiari, Jr., Colorado
OL Sam Brenner, Sr., Utah
OL Kevin Danser, Sr., Stanford
OL Sam Schwartzstein, Sr., Stanford
First Team Defense
DL Scott Crichton, So., Oregon State
DL Dion Jordan, Sr., Oregon
DL Star Lotulelei, Sr., Utah (2)
DL Will Sutton, Jr., Arizona State
LB Anthony Barr, Jr., UCLA
LB Trent Murphy, Sr., Stanford
LB Chase Thomas, Sr., Stanford (2)
DB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, So., Oregon
DB Joran Poyer, Sr., Oregon State
DB Ed Reynolds, Jr., Stanford
DB Desmond Trufant, Sr., Washington
Second Team Defense
DL Henry Anderson, Jr., Stanford
DL Morgan Breslin, Jr., USC
DL Ben Gardner, Sr., Stanford
DL Datone Jones, Sr., UCLA
LB Kiko Alonso, Sr., Oregon
LB Michael Clay, Sr., Oregon
LB Brandon Magee, Sr., Arizona State
DB Deone Bucannon, Jr., Washington State
DB Alden Darby, Jr., Arizona State
DB T.J. McDonald, Sr., USC
DB Nickell Robey, Jr., USC
First Team Specialists
PK Vince D’Amato, Jr., California
P Jeff Locke, Sr., UCLA
RS Reggie Dunn, Sr., Utah
ST Jordan Jenkins, Sr., Oregon State
Second Team Specialists
PK Andrew Furney, Jr., Washington State
P Josh Hubner, Sr., Arizona State
RS Marqise Lee, So., USC
ST David Allen, Sr., UCLA