Cal Football

Pac-12 All Conference Teams Announced: Weaver First Team, Defensive POY

December 10, 2019

Offensive Player of the Year: Zack Moss, Utah

Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year: Evan Weaver, California

Freshman Offensive Player of the Year: Kedon Slovis, USC

Freshman Defensive Player of the Year: Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon

Coach of the Year: Kyle Whittingham, Utah

SAN FRANCISCO –– The Pac-12 Conference has announced the 2019 Football All-Conference honors as the South Division picked up a majority of first team honors, with South Division Champion UTAH leading the way with eight honorees. ARIZONA STATE and WASHINGTON each had five first team selections. Six players earn first team honors for the second time – Arizona State RB Eno Benjamin, Washington OL Nick Harris and OL Trey Adams (2017), and a trio from Utah – DL Bradlee Anae, DL Leki Fotu, DB Jaylon Johnson. Four players elevated themselves from last year’s second team to first team – Utah RB Zack Moss, USC DL Jay Tufele, CALIFORNIA LB Evan Weaver, and Utah DB Julian Blackmon.

Offensive Player of the Year – Zack Moss, RB, Utah: Moss, a senior from Hialeah Gardens, Fla., led the Pac-12 in rushing, averaging 113.3 yards per game (6.2 per carry) and 15 TDs. He rushed for 100 or more yards in eight of 12 games played as Utah posted a league-best 208.8 rushing yards per game. With 1,359 rushing yards, he became the first Utah player to rush for 1,000 of more yards in three seasons. Moss owns the Utah career rushing mark with 4,010 yards and 38 rushing TDs. In addition to his ground totals, Moss tallied 26 receptions for 374 yards and 2 TDs. This marks the first time Utah has claimed the conference offensive player of the year honor.

Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year – Evan Weaver, LB, California: Weaver, a senior from Spokane, Wash., led the nation in tackles with a school-record 173 (14.4 per game), breaking Cal's 34-year-old single-season record of 167 set by Hardy Nickerson in 1985. He twice posted 22 tackles in a game this season (at Ole Miss, at Utah). Thanks in large part to Weaver, Cal was fourth in total defense (385.5 ypg) and fourth in rushing defense (122.9 ypg). He’s the first Cal player to garner the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honor since Mychal Kendricks in 2011, and the fifth all-time, joining LB Ron Rivera (1983), CB Deltha O'Neal (1999), and CB Daymeion Hughes (2006).

Two Cal defensive backs, Camryn Bynum and Ashtyn Davis were named to the second team.

Freshman Offensive Player of the Year – Kedon Slovis, QB, USC: Slovis, a freshman from Scottsdale, Ariz., ranks eighth nationally, and first among all FBS freshman, averaging 294.7 passing yards per game. He threw for 400 or more yards four times during the 2019 season, including a school-record 515 yards in the 52-35 win over UCLA. Slovis finished the regular season having completed 260 of 362 pass attempts for 3,242 yards and 28 TDs. His 71.8 completion percentage ranks fifth nationally and tops among freshmen. Since 2009 when the conference began awarding Freshmen Offensive Player of the Year, Slovis becomes the fourth Trojan to earn the accolade, joining WR Robert Woods (2010), WR Marqise Lee (2011) and QB Sam Darnold (2016). Honorable Mention Freshman Offensive Player of the Year: Jayden Daniels, QB, Arizona State.

Freshman Defensive Player of the Year – Kayvon Thibodeaux, DL, Oregon: Thibodeaux, a freshman from South Central Los Angeles, Calif., had 34 tackles, including 14.0 tackles for loss and 9.0 sacks. In the Pac-12 Championship Game, Thibodeaux posted five tackles, 2.5 sacks and blocked a punt. He ranks second in the Pac-12 in tackles for loss and third in sacks. He’s the first Duck to earn the honor since the conference started awarding Freshman Defensive Player of the Year in 2009. Honorable Mention Freshman Defensive Player of the Year: Omar Speights, LB, Oregon State; Drake Jackson, DL, USC; Trent McDuffie, DB, Washington.

Coach of the Year – Kyle Whittingham, Utah: Guided the Utes to a successful defense of their South Division crown with an 11-2 regular season record, 8-1 in the Pac-12 South Division. It was Utah’s fifth 10-win season in 15 full seasons under Whittingham, and most wins in a season since the perfect 13-0 season in 2008. Under Whittingham, the Utes climbed to No. 5 in the College Football Playoff rankings. The Utes were second in the Pac-12 in scoring (35.9 ppg), first in scoring defense (13.2 ppg), and first in both rushing offense (208.8 avg) and rushing defense (70.3 avg). Whittingham’s record stands at 131-63 in 15-plus seasons. It’s the first time Whittingham has earned Pac-12 Coach of the Year honors.


First Team Offense                                                    Second Team Offense                                                                       

QB Tyler Huntley, Sr., Utah                                    QB  Anthony Gordon, Sr., Washington State

RB Eno Benjamin, Jr., Arizona State (1)               RB  Joshua Kelley, Sr., UCLA

RB Zack Moss, Sr., Utah                                         RB  CJ Verdell, So., Oregon

WR Brandon Aiyuk, Sr., Arizona State                WR  Isaiah Hodgins, Jr., Oregon State

WR Michael Pittman Jr., Sr., USC                          WR Laviska Shenault, Jr., Jr., Colorado

TE Hunter Bryant, Jr., Washington                       TE Brant Kuithe, So., Utah

                                                                                   TE Colby Parkinson, Jr., Stanford

OL Trey Adams, Sr., Washington (1)                    OL Blake Brandel, R-Sr., Oregon State

OL Nick Harris, Sr., Washington (1)                      OL Cohl Cabral, Sr., Arizona State

OL Austin Jackson, Jr., USC                                     OL Drew Dalman, Jr., Stanford

OL Darrin Paulo, Sr., Utah                                       OL Shane Lemieux, Sr., Oregon

OL Penei Sewell, So., Oregon                                  OL Abe Lucas So., Washington State

                                                                                      OL Alijah Vera-Tucker, R-So., USC


First Team Defense                                               Second Team Defense

DL Bradlee Anae, Sr., Utah (1)                                  DL Ryan Bowman, Jr., Washington

DL Leki Fotu, Sr., Utah (1)                                          DL Drake Jackson, Fr., USC

DL Levi Onwuzurike, Jr., Washington                      DL John Penisini, Sr., Utah

DL Jay Tufele, R-So., USC                                            DL Joe Tryon, So., Washington

LB Francis Bernard, Sr., Utah                                    LB Troy Dye, Sr., Oregon

LB Nate Landman, Jr., Colorado                                LB Hamilcar Rashed Jr., R-Jr., Oregon State

LB Evan Weaver, Sr., California                                  LB  Casey Toohill, Sr., Stanford

DB Paulson Adebo, Jr., Stanford                                DB Myles Bryant, Sr., Washington

DB Julian Blackmon, Sr., Utah                                     DB Camryn Bynum, Jr.,, California

DB Jaylon Johnson, Jr., Utah                                       DB   Ashtyn Davis, Sr., California

DB Elijah Molden, Jr., Washington                             DB Talanoa Hufanga, So., USC

First Team Specialists                                                 Second Team Specialists

PK Blake Mazza, So., Washington State                        PK Peyton Hentry, So., Washington

P Michael Turk, R-So., Arizona State                              P  Alex Kinney, Sr., Colorado

RS Brandon Aiyuk, Sr., Arizona State                             RS  Velus Jones Jr., R-Jr., USC

AP/ST Brady Breeze, Jr., Oregon                                    AP/ST Travion Brown, Fr., Washington State

AP/ST Case Hatch, Fr., Arizona State                             AP/ST Michael Pittman Jr., Sr., USC

RS=return specialist

AP/ST=all-purpose/special teams player (not a kicker or returner)

(1) Two-time first team selection

(2) Three-time first team selection



ARIZONA: DB Lorenzo Burns, RJr.; OL Cody Creason, RSr.; LB Colin Schooler, Jr.; RB J.J. Taylor, RJr.; Jace Whittaker, RSr.

ARIZONA STATE: WR Frank Darby, RJr.;  DB Jack Jones, RJr.; LB Khaylan Kearse-Thomas, RSr.; DL Jermayne Lole, So.; OL Dohnovan West, Fr.; DB Kobe Williams, Sr.

CALIFORNIA:  OL Jake Curhan, Jr.; LB Kuony Deng, Jr.; LB Cameron Goode, Jr.; DB Jaylinn Hawkins, Sr.; DL Zeandae Johnson, Sr.

COLORADO:  WR Tony Brown, Sr.; OL Arlington Hambright, Grad.; LB Davion Taylor, Sr.

OREGON:  DB Thomas Graham Jr., Jr.; OL Jake Hanson, Sr.; QB Justin Herbert, Sr.; DB Jevon Holland, So.; DB Deommodore Lenoir, Jr.; DL Jordon Scott, Jr.; DL Kayvon Thibodeaux, Fr.; OL Calvin Throckmorton, Sr.; RS Mykael Wright, Fr.   

OREGON STATE:  OL Brandon Kipper, RSo.; QB Jake Luton, RSr.; TE Noah Togiai, RSr.

STANFORD: DL Thomas Booker, So.; LB Curtis Robinson, Sr.; OL Foster Sarell, Jr.; RS Connor Wedington, Jr.

UCLA:  TE Devin Asiasi, Jr.; LB Krys Barnes, Sr.; DB Darnay Holmes, Jr.; P Wade Lees, Grad.,

USC: DB Olaijah Griffin, So.; LB John Houston Jr., RSr.; PK Chase McGrath, RSo.; WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, So.; QB Kedon Slovis, Fr.; WR Tyler Vaughns, RJr.

UTAH: DB Terrell Burgess, Sr.; OL Nick Ford; DB Javelin Guidry, Jr..; LB Devin Lloyd, So.; OL Simi Moala, RFr.; DL Mika Tafua, So.; OL Orlando Umana, Jr.

WASHINGTON: RB Salvon Ahmed, Jr.; DB Kyler Gordon, RFr.; P Joel Whitford, Sr.

WASHINGTON STATE: RB Max Borghi, So.; OL Josh Watson, RJr.; WR Easop Winston, Sr.; LB Jahad Woods, RJr




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