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Pac-10 Players on College Football Awards Preseason Watch Lists

By Dave Consolazio, August 29, 2009 4:23 am

Before every college football season, a series of watch lists are released to let fans know who the award committees will be closely following for each of college football’s awards. With outstanding play, a player not on the preseason watch list can still go on to win the award. The preseason watch list is just a good indication of which players are considered the early favorites to win the award.

Listed below are all of the Pac-10 players who were included on the national lists. The only two awards not listed are the Heisman Trophy and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. The Heisman Trophy does not release a preseason watch list, and the Unitas Award, which is handed out to the nation’s best senior college quarterback, had no Pac-10 players on their watch list.

Congratulations to the players named, and good luck taking home the hardware!

Maxwell Award
Most Outstanding Player

Jahvid Best, California
LeGarrette Blount, Oregon
Toby Gerhart, Stanford
Rob Gronkowski, Arizona
Jake Locker, Washington
Jeremiah Masoli, Oregon
Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State
Damian Williams, USC

Davey O’Brien Award
National Quarterback Award

Aaron Corp, USC
Jake Locker, Washington
Jeremiah Masoli, Oregon
Kevin Riley, California

Doak Walker Award
National Running Back Award

Jahvid Best, California
LeGarrette Blount, Oregon
Toby Gerhart, Stanford
Nic Grigsby, Arizona
Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State

Fred Biletnikoff Award
Outstanding Wide Receiver

D’Andre Goodwin, Washington
Damian Williams, USC

John Mackey Award
Outstanding Tight End

Ed Dickson, Oregon
Rob Gronkowski, Arizona
Anthony McCoy, USC
Ryan Moya, UCLA
Logan Paulsen, UCLA

Vince Lombardi/Rotary Award
Outstanding Lineman

Tyson Alualu, California
Korey Bosworth, UCLA
Kyle Bosworth, UCLA
Jeff Byers, USC
Reggie Carter, UCLA
Dexter Davis, Arizona State
Rob Gronkowski, Arizona
Lawrence Guy, Arizona State
Earl Mitchell, Arizona
Mike Nixon, Arizona State
Kristofer O’Dowd, USC
Brian Price, UCLA
Brooks Reed, Arizona
Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, Washington

Rimington Trophy
Outstanding Center

Kenny Alfred, Washington State
Colin Baxter, Arizona
Kristofer O’Dowd, USC

Outland Trophy
Outstanding Interior Lineman

Kristofer O’Dowd, USC
Jeff Byers, USC
Brian Price, UCLA

Walter Camp Award
Player of the Year Award

Jahvid Best, California
LaGarrette Blount, Oregon
Taylor Mays, USC
Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State

Chuck Bednarik Award
Defensive Player of the Year

Reggie Carter, UCLA
Dexter Davis, Arizona State
Keaton Kristick, Oregon State
Taylor Mays, USC
Brian Price, UCLA
Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, Washington
Syd’Quan Thompson, California
Will Tukuafu, Oregon
Alterraun Verner, UCLA

Bronko Nagurski Trophy
Defensive Player of the Year

Stephen Paea, Oregon State
Brian Price, UCLA
Syd’Quan Thompson, California
Walter Thurmond III, Oregon
Alterraun Verner, UCLA
T.J. Ward, Oregon
Taylor Mays, USC

Jim Thorpe Award
Outstanding Defensive Back

Taylor Mays, USC
Syd’Quan Thompson, California
Walter Thurmond III, Oregon
Alterraun Verner, UCLA

Dick Butkus Award
Outstanding Linebacker

Chris Galippo, USC
Malcolm Smith, USC

Ted Hendricks Award
Defensive End of the Year

Dexter Davis, Arizona State
Eric Lorig, Stanford
Will Tukuafu, Oregon

Lou Groza Award
Collegiate Placekicker Award

Kai Forbath, UCLA
Thomas Weber, Arizona State

Ray Guy Award
Outstanding Punter

Bryan Anger, California

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Pac-10 Position Breakdown: Defensive Line – Oregon Ducks

By Dave Consolazio, August 20, 2009 9:06 am

While the defense did rank 82nd overall in the nation last year when it came to scoring against, that really had a lot more to do with the defense spending so much time on the field because of the offense’s capability to score so quickly. Taking a closer look at the numbers, Oregon’s defense was pretty strong, and the defensive line was no exception.

The unit was responsible in helping lead the team to 38 sacks (2nd in the Pac-10, tied for 8th in the country), 104.5 tackles for loss (2nd Pac-10, tied 5th in country) and giving up only 3.09 yards per carry on the ground (2nd Pac-10, 12th in country). But just like the offensive line, it is hard to use last year’s success to gauge this year’s chances, as three starters are gone, including one of the Pac-10’s all-time greats.

The losses of Ra’Shon Harris (drafted 205th overall by the Steelers) and Cole Linehan (both 13-game starters) hurt bad, but losing Nick Reed is especially difficult. Reed received both All-Pac-10 and All-American honors in 2008 and his 13 sacks ranked 4th nationally. Over his career, Reed accumulated a school-record 29.5 sacks, which ranks 4th all-time in the Pac-10.

Replacing three high-level senior starters will not be easy, but it is essential to the Ducks’ success this year. Oregon’s offense has plenty of power and can shoot out with the best of them, but time of possession will be an even bigger issue this season if the defensive line isn’t up to speed.

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