2019 PAC-12 Awards

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PAC-12 CONFERENCE

Offensive Player of the Year: RB ZACK MOSS, UTAH

Photo: Rick Bowmer/Associated Press

Utah running back Zack Moss was named the PAC-12 Offensive Player of the Year. Moss led the Utes in rushing with 1,416 yards, 15 touchdowns, averaging 6.0 yards per carry. He also had 28 receptions for 388 yards and two scores through the air.

On Nov. 23, Moss broke loose for 203 yards on 26 carries versus Arizona.

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Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year: ILB EVAN WEAVER, CALIFORNIA

Weaver led the nation in tackles last fall and earned consensus All-America honors as well as Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. 

Weaver led the country with 181 tackles in 13 starts (that includes a whopping 103 solo efforts — 20 more than the second-place finisher in solo tackles, Colorado’s Nate Landman). Ten of those tackles were for losses, including 2.5 sacks; Weaver also broke up three passes and forced two fumbles for the Golden Bears.

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Freshman Offensive Player of the Year: QB KEDON SLOVIS, USC

USC’s Kedon Slovis set quite a few records, while on his way to being named the PAC-12 Freshman of the Year. His 71.9 completion percentage is a USC single season best. It’s also the best in Pac-12 single-season history (with a minimum of 300 attempts) which was previously set by Stanford’s Andrew Luck in 2011.

Slovis also set USC’s single-season records for passing efficiency (167.6); and for most consecutive 300-yard passing games (three).

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Freshman Defensive Player of the Year: DE KAYVON THIBODEAUX, OREGON

Oregon defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux earned Pac-12 Football Freshman Defensive Player of the Year honors after his dynamic first season with the Ducks. Thibodeaux broke the Oregon freshman record with 9 sacks, which was also good for second among all FBS freshmen this season.

Thibodeaux racked up an impressive 14 tackles-for-loss, the second most in the PAC-12. He showed his growth and development in the PAC-12 Football Championship Game, notching 2.5 sacks and the first ever blocked punt in PAC-12 Championship game history, as the Ducks upset Utah 37-15.

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Coach of the Year: UTAH’S KYLE WHITTINGHAM

Utah’s Kyle Whittingham earned PAC-12 Coach of the Year honors after leading Utah to a sterling 11-2 season and an appearance in the Alamo Bowl. The Utes narrowly missed a berth in the College Football Playoff and spent most of the season ranked as a top-10 team.

In 2019, the Utes featured a punishing defense which finished top of the Pac-12 in points per game allowed (13.2), yards per game allowed (256.2), and yards per play allowed (4.4).

Whittingham becomes the first Utah coach to win a PAC-12 Coach of the Year award since the Utes joined the PAC-12 Conference. He had previously won Mountain West Coach of the Year when Utah went 13-0 in 2008.

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FBS 2019 A.P. All-American teams

FIRST TEAM

Photo: Arizona Sports

OFFENSE

Quarterback — Joe Burrow, senior, LSU
Running backs — Jonathan Taylor, junior, Wisconsin; Chuba Hubbard, sophomore, Oklahoma State
Tackles — Penei Sewell, sophomore, Oregon; Andrew Thomas, junior, Georgia
Guards — Wyatt Davis, sophomore, Ohio State; Kevin Dotson, senior, Louisiana-Lafayette
Center — Tyler Biadasz, junior, Wisconsin
Tight end — Harrison Bryant, senior, Florida Atlantic
Wide receivers — Ja’Marr Chase, sophomore, LSU; CeeDee Lamb, junior, Oklahoma
All-purpose player — Lynn Bowden Jr., junior, Kentucky
Kicker — Keith Duncan, junior, Iowa

DEFENSE

Ends — Chase Young, junior, Ohio State; James Lynch, junior, Baylor
Tackles — Derrick Brown, senior, Auburn; Javon Kinlaw, senior, South Carolina
Linebackers — Isaiah Simmons, junior, Clemson; Evan Weaver, senior, California; Micah Parsons, sophomore, Penn State
Cornerbacks — Derek Stingley, freshman, LSU; Jeffery Okudah, junior, Ohio State
Safeties — Antoine Winfield Jr., sophomore, Minnesota; J.R. Reed, senior, Georgia
Punter — Max Duffy, junior, Kentucky

SECOND TEAM

Photo: Scarlet and Game

OFFENSE

Quarterback — Justin Fields, sophomore, Ohio State
Running backs — J.K. Dobbins, junior, Ohio State; Travis Etienne, junior, Clemson
Tackles — Jedrick Wills Jr., junior, Alabama; Tristan Wirfs, junior, Iowa
Guards — Shane Lemieux, senior, Oregon; John Simpson, senior, Clemson
Center — Creed Humphrey, sophomore, Oklahoma
Tight end — Hunter Bryant, junior, Washington
Wide receivers — Devonta Smith, junior, Alabama; Michael Pittman, senior, Southern California
All-purpose player — Jaylen Waddle, sophomore, Alabama
Kicker — Rodrigo Blankenship, senior, Georgia

DEFENSE

Ends — A.J. Epenesa, junior, Iowa; Curtis Weaver, junior, Boise State
Tackles — Jaylen Twyman, sophomore, Pittsburgh; Jordan Elliott, junior, Missouri
Linebackers — Hamilcar Rashed Jr., junior, Oregon State; Zack Baun, senior, Wisconsin; Jordyn Brooks, senior, Texas Tech
Cornerbacks — Amik Robertson, junior, Louisiana Tech; Jaylon Johnson, junior, Utah
Safeties — Julian Blackmon, senior, Utah; Grant Delpit, junior, LSU
Punter — Braden Mann, senior, Texas A&M

THIRD TEAM

Photo: Dallas News

OFFENSE

Quarterbacks — Jalen Hurts, senior, Oklahoma
Running backs — Zack Moss, senior, Utah; AJ Dillon, junior, Boston College
Tackles — Calvin Throckmorton, senior, Oregon; Colton McKivitz, senior, West Virginia
Guards — Jonah Jackson, senior, Ohio State; Ben Bredeson, senior, Michigan
Center — Matt Hennessy, junior, Temple
Tight end — Charlie Kolar, sophomore, Iowa State
Wide Receivers — Omar Bayless, senior, Arkansas State; Rashod Bateman, sophomore, Minnesota
All-purpose player — Brandon Aiyuk, senior, Arizona State
Kicker — Nick Sciba, sophomore, Wake Forest

DEFENSE

Ends — Bradlee Anae, senior, Utah; Alex Highsmith, senior, Charlotte
Tackles — Leki Fotu, senior, Utah; Neville Gallimore, senior, Oklahoma
Linebackers — Logan Wilson, senior, Wyoming; Kenneth Murray, junior, Oklahoma; Malik Harrison, senior, Ohio State
Cornerbacks — Trevon Diggs, senior, Alabama; Luc Barcoo, senior, San Diego State
Safeties — Tanner Muse, senior, Clemson; Xavier McKinney, junior, Alabama
Punter — Sterling Hofrichter, senior, Syracuse

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2018 FBS A.P. All-American Teams

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Redbox Bowl – Dec 30, 2019: California vs Illinois

California Golden Bears (7-5) vs Illinois Fighting Illini (6-6)

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CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS | PAC-12 CONFERENCE

Coach: Justin Wilcox

California Players to watch:

Senior MLB Evan Weaver (6-3/245)

One of three team season captains, Weaver was recently named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. “This award means a lot to me,” Weaver said. “It’s really special when the coaches of the teams you play against recognize what you are doing on the football field.”

Weaver has earned multiple first-team All-American honors including a spot on the prestigious Walter Camp Football All-American team. The Walter Camp All-American team is one of five on a list that are recognized to be a consensus All-American with the others (American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press, Football Writers Association, Sporting News) yet to be released. Players on at least three of the five teams are considered to be consensus All-Americans.

Senior FS/RS Ashtyn Davis (6-1/195)

Davis recorded a career-high 57 tackles to rank fourth on the team. he had two interceptions, four pass breakups, six passes defended, two fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles. Davis also handled some kick return and punt return duties during the year.

**Sophomore RB Christopher Brown (6-1/230)

Brown leads the team with 794 rushing yards. He started the year by piling up 197 yards on the ground against UC Davis. He ended the year by racking up 111 against UCLA. Brown added 149 yards receiving and scored 11 total touchdowns.

*Junior RT Jake Curhan (6-6/330)

Curhan served as one of three season captains as voted on by his teammates. Playing right tackle for the last two and a half years, Curhan has started each of Cal’s last 37 games. He has been a nominee for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors as both a sophomore and junior.

*Junior LB Cameron Goode (6-3/233)

Goode posted career totals of 98 tackles, 18.5 tackles-for-loss, 10.0 sacks, two interceptions that he has returned for 70 yards and a pair of touchdowns, five pass breakups, seven passes defended, two forced fumbles and six quarterback hurries. In 2019, Goode had a career highs of 49 tackles, 13.0 tackles-for-loss, 8.5 sacks and six quarterback hurries.

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ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI | BIG TEN CONFERENCE

Coach: Lovie Smith

Illinois Players to watch:

*Junior P Blake Hayes (6-6/230)

Hayes came to the Illinois football team through ProKick Australia, a program designed to turn Australian rules footballers into American football kickers. It has helped several to make their way to the States to play college football with a few moving on to the NFL.

This year, Hayes was named the Big Ten Eddleman-Fields Punter of the Year. His 27 punts inside the 20 are the most in an Illinois single season since the stat began being kept in 1998 and his punting average of 44.8 yards per punt is second behind Steve Weatherford’s 45.4 in the school record books.

Senior LB Dele Harding (6-1/230)

Dele has had an outstanding senior campaign. He was the Big Ten leader, and second in FBS, in tackles per game (12.3 tpg). He racked up an impressive 147 tackles, 13.0 tackles-for-loss, three interceptions, forced three fumbles while recovering two. He also found the endzone two times this season. Harding was honored for his breakout senior season by being named First Team All-Big Ten by the conference media.

**Sophomore SS Sydney Brown (6-0/195)

In his first two years at Illinois, Brown has started 19 games at safety. In the process, he has recorded 135 tackles, 4 interceptions, and 9 pass breakups. Brown finished first among Big Ten safeties in interceptions and tackles.

*Junior OC Doug Kramer (6-2/305)

Kramer anchored an offensive line that helped the Illini put up 319 yards per game. One of five team captains, he has 27 straight starts entering the bowl game.

“You got to work with what you got,” Kramer said. “When I first initially got here, (former Illini offensive line coach Luke) Butkus told me, ‘I don’t care how tall you are. It doesn’t matter. I don’t care how long you are, it doesn’t matter. All that matters is what’s up top, what’s upstairs in your brain. Can you read the defense? Can you understand what’s going on? Can you execute your fundamentals.’ Every lineman at the end of the day to drive someone off the ball is going to have to get low, so I guess I have a bit of advantage because I’m starting a bit lower than everyone else.”

Senior DE Oluwole Betiku, Jr. (6-3/250)

Betiku, a graduate transfer from USC, will have one year of eligibility remaining after the Redbox Bowl. In his first season with the Fighting Illini, Betiku tallied eight sacks and 11.5 tackles-for-loss.

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Redbox Bowl
California 35, Illinois 20
Levi’s Stadium
Santa Clara, CA
Dec 30, 2019 | 4 p.m. | FOX  

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2018 Redbox Bowl
Oregon 7, Michigan State 6

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Inside Linebackers/2020

Updated April 19, 2020. Pre-Draft.

2020 NFL Draft:  Top Rated ILBs

1. Patrick Queen*, LSU, 6-2/232

2. Kenneth Murray*, Oklahoma, 6-2/242

3. Jordyn Brooks, Texas Tech, 6-1/240

4. Evan Weaver, California, 6-3/240

5. Mykal Walker, Fresno State, 6-3/230

6. Logan Wilson, Wyoming, 6-2/240

7. Joe Bachie, x-Michigan State, 6-2/230

8. Jacob Phillips*, LSU, 6-3/233

9. Shaun Bradley, Temple, 6-1/228

10. Shaq Quarterman, Miami, 6-1/235

11. Marcus Bailey, Purdue, 6-1/232

12. Cale Garrett, Missouri, 6-3/235

13. Francis Bernard, Utah, 6-0/242

14. David Woodward*, Utah State, 6-2/230

15. De’Jon Harris, Arkansas, 6-0/328

16. Michael Divinity, LSU, 6-2/239

17. Dele Harding, Illinois, 6-1/230

18. T.J. Brunson, So. Carolina, 6-1/230

19. Jordan  Mack, Virginia, 6-2/225

20. Clay Johnston, Baylor, 6-1/235

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OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:

  • Krys Barnes, UCLA, 6-1/235
  • Kyahva Tezino, San Diego State, 6-0/233
  • John Houston, Jr., USC, 6-3/220
  • Daniel Bituli, Tennessee, 6-3/243
  • Cole Christiansen, Army, 6-2/225
  • Koby Quansah, Duke, 6-1/230
  • Sage Lewis, USF, 6-1/240
  • Asmar Bilal, Notre Dame, 6-2/227
  • David Reese, Florida, 6-0/239
  • Jordan Fehr, Appalachian State, 6-2/227
  • Nate Evans, UCF, 6-1/241
  • Thomas Barber, Minnesota, 6-1/233
  • Richard Moore, SMU, 6-1/230
  • Joe Lako, Akron, 6-2/230
  • Lokeni Toailoa, UCLA, 6-1/252

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SMALL SCHOOL PROSPECTS

  • Donte Olson, Montana, 6-3/237
  • Rick DeBerry, Towson, 6-2/245
  • Korie Rogers, West Georgia, 6-2/236
  • Frankie Feaster, Muhlenberg, 6-2/240
  • Chris Hoad,  TX-Permian Basin, 6-0/228
  • Solomon Muhammud, Alcorn State, 6-1/235
  • John Daka, James Madison, 6-2/227
  • Jacquan Artis, Lenoir-Rhyne, 6-2/245

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*Denotes underclassman.

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