Nov. 29, 2004
BERKELEY - Head coach Jeff Tedford has been named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year and eight Golden Bears - more than any other team in the league - earned first team all-conference status, the Pac-10 announced Monday.
The award winners are selected by a vote of the Pac-10 head football coaches.
In addition, DT Lorenzo Alexander and special teams standout Byron Storer were chosen second team All-Pac-10, while eight others received honorable mention notice - OT Andrew Cameron, OG Jonathan Giesel, SAF Ryan Gutierrez, LB Joe Maningo, Mike McGrath (special teams), DT Brandon Mebane, OG Aaron Merz and CB Harrison Smith.
"I'm very happy for our players," Tedford said. "They've all shown exceptional dedication to this team and have done an extremely good job this year. It's a well-deserved tribute that they receive this type of recognition."
For Tedford, who has guided Cal to a 9-1 record and a No. 4 national ranking, it is the second Coach of the Year award in his three seasons as head coach. He also earned the honor after his initial campaign in Berkeley when he directed the Bears to a 7-5 mark in 2002, one year removed from a 1-10 season.
"It's a great honor and privilege to represent such a conference, which has so many outstanding coaches," said Tedford, the first Cal coach ever to earn the award twice. "But I view this as a staff award. We have a great group of coaches here at Cal, and it's their hard work and persistence to reach team goals that has made this award possible. They deserve most of the credit."
The eight first team selections represents the highest total in the history of the Cal program. The Bears had seven first teamers in 1950 and six in both 1937 and 1948.
Below is a complete look at the 2004 Pac-10 football award winners.
CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
MATT LEINART, QB, USC
REGGIE BUSH, TB, USC
PAT TILLMAN CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
BILL SWANCUTT, DE, OREGON STATE
SHAUN CODY, DT, USC
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
ZACH MILLER, TE, ARIZONA STATE
COACH OF THE YEAR
Jeff Tedford, CALIFORNIA
CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR MATT LEINART, QB, USC: Leinart, a junior from Santa Ana, Calif., has led USC to a 11-0 record and No. 1 national ranking. He becomes just the fourth player and only the second quarterback (Stanford's John Elway was the other) to be a two-time Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year selection. With one more regular season game still to go, Leinart has completed 227 of 343 passes (.662) for 2,748 yards and 28 TDs with just five interceptions. He currently ranks eighth in the nation in passing efficiency (157.5 rating). USC is 23-1 when Leinart starts and during the Trojans' current 20-game winning streak, he has thrown 58 TDs with just eight interceptions. Leinart is a finalist for the Davey O'Brien Award, the Maxwell Award and the Walter Camp Award, and is a leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy after finishing sixth in last year's voting.
CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR REGGIE BUSH, TB, USC: Bush, a sophomore from Spring Valley, Calif., is an electrifying, multi-purpose player who excels as a running back and receiver, as well as a kickoff and punt returner. He leads the Pac-10 and ranks seventh nationally in all-purpose yardage at 167.8 yards per game. Bush leads the Pac-10 in punt returns with a 16.7-yard average, including two returns for touchdowns, and ranks second in kickoff returns at 27.2 yards. He has 1,846 all-purpose yards and is averaging 9.5 yards every time he touches the ball. He has scored a combined 13 touchdowns rushing, receiving and on punt returns this season. The Pac-10 coaches selected Bush as a first-team All-Conference selection at both tailback and punt returner and second-team as a kickoff returner. He earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors this season on both offense and special teams. Like his teammate QB Matt Leinart, he is a leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy.
PAT TILLMAN CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR SHAUN CODY, DT, USC: Cody, a senior from Hacienda Heights, Calif., is a two-time All-Pac-10 selection who is one of many standouts on the USC defensive unit. Cody leads USC and ranks fifth in the Conference in quarterback sacks with eight and is the Trojan leader among defensive linemen in solo tackles with 25. He also has two forced fumbles and a blocked kick. The USC defensive unit leads the Pac-10 in scoring defense, total defense, rushing defense and pass efficiency defense and ranks in the top eight in the nation all all those categories. Cody, who has played at both tackle and end this season, is a finalist for the 2004 Lombardi Award.
PAT TILLMAN CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR BILL SWANCUTT, DE, OREGON STATE: Swancutt, a senior from Salem, Ore., is the first Oregon State player ever selected as Pac-10 Player of the Year, offense or defense (the award started in 1975). He is the only unanimous selection on this year's All-Pac-10 Conference Football Team. Swancutt, a Beaver captain who has started 37 straight games, also was a first-team All-Academic selection this year, one of just two players in the league to be named to both teams. Swancutt ranks second in the Pac-10 in both quarterback sacks (11.5) and tackles for loss (18.5) and has career totals of 37 QB sacks and 59.5 tackles for loss, both Oregon State career records. His 63 tackles this season is tops among Pac-10 down linemen.
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR ZACH MILLER, TE, ARIZONA STATE: Miller, a true freshman from Phoenix, Ariz., stepped right into the starting tight end job at Arizona State and set Sun Devil freshman records for both receptions (51) and receiving yards (524). He ranks seventh in the Pac-10 in receiving and is the second-leading receiver among tight ends, trailing only All-Conference senior Alex Smith of Stanford.
COACH OF THE YEAR Jeff Tedford, CALIFORNIA: Tedford earns coach of the year honors for the second time in his three years at California for leading the Golden Bears to one of its best seasons in decades, continuing the remarkable turnaround he has engineered at Berkeley. With one regular-season game still to play, the Golden Bears are 9-1, 7-1 in Conference play, with the lone loss a six-point decision on the road at top-ranked USC. Cal has won seven Conference games for the first time since 1949 and nine regular-season games for only the second time since 1950. The Golden Bears are currently ranked No. 4 in the polls and BCS rankings, the best poll showing for Cal since 1952. Tedford is known for his offensive prowess and California's numbers reflect that. The Bears rank first in the Pac-10 in scoring offense (38.4), total offense (489.6), rushing offense (253.7) and pass efficiency (170.6), with all of those figures ranking in the top seven nationally. But it is not just offense, as Tedford's Bears also rank in the top three in the league in all the major defensive categories as well. Taking over a team that had finished 1-10 in 2001, Tedford has led California to marks of 7-5 in 2002, 8-6 in 2003 and 9-1 so far in '04.
In addition to individual awards, the Pac-10 coaches selected the 2004 All-Pac-10 Football Team that follows.
2004 ALL-PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE FOOTBALL TEAM
First Team Offense QB Aaron Rodgers, Jr., California QB Matt Leinart, Jr., USC RB J.J. Arrington, Sr., California RB Reggie Bush, So., USC WR Mike Hass, Jr., Oregon State WR Geoff McArthur, Sr., California TE Alex Smith, Sr., Stanford C Marvin Philip, Jr., California OL Calvin Armstrong, Sr., Washington State OL Ryan O'Callaghan, Jr., California OL Grayling Love, Jr., Arizona State OL Doug Nienhuis, Sr., Oregon State OL Adam Snyder, Sr., Oregon
First Team Defense DL Bill Swancutt, Sr., Oregon State DL Mike Patterson, Sr., USC DL Shaun Cody, Sr., USC DL Ryan Riddle, Sr., California LB Matt Grootegoed, Sr., USC LB Lofa Tatupu, Jr., USC LB Wendell Hunter, Sr., California DB Mitch Meeuwsen, Sr., Oregon State DB Matt Clark, Sr., UCLA DB Matt Giordano, Sr., California DB Riccardo Stewart, Sr., Arizona State
First Team Specialists PK Justin Medlock, So., UCLA P Tom Malone, Jr., USC KOR T.J. Rushing, Jr., Stanford PR Reggie Bush, So., USC ST Michael Okwo, So., Stanford
Second Team Offense QB Andrew Walter, Grad., Arizona State QB Derek Anderson, Sr., Oregon State RB LenDale White, So., USC RB Maurice Drew, So., UCLA WR Derek Hagen, Jr., Arizona State WR Jason Hill, So., Washington State TE Tim Day, Jr., Oregon TE Marcedes Lewis, Jr., UCLA C Mike McCloskey, Jr., UCLA OL Sam Lightbody, Sr., Washington State OL Steven Vieira, Sr., UCLA OL Sam Baker, Fr., USC OL Andrew Carnahan, Sr., Arizona State
Second Team Defense DL Haloti Ngata, So., Oregon DL Jimmy Verdon, Sr., Arizona State DL Manase Hopoi, Sr., Washington DL Lorenzo Alexander, Sr., California LB Will Derting, Jr., Washington State LB Spencer Havner, Jr., UCLA LB Jon Alston, Jr., Stanford LB Trent Bray, Jr., Oregon State DB Darrell Brooks, Jr., Arizona DB Aric Williams, Sr., Oregon State DB Darnell Bing, So., USC DB Brandon Browner, So., Oregon State
Second Team Specialists PK Alexis Serna, Fr., Oregon State P Chris Kluwe, Sr., UCLA KOR Reggie Bush, So., USC PR Maurice Drew, So., UCLA PR Michael Bumpus, Fr., Washington State ST Desmond Reed, Fr., USC ST Byron Storer, So., California
ST=special teams player (not a kicker or returner)
ARIZONA: RB Mike Bell, Jr.; CB Antoine Cason, Fr.; TE Steve Fleming, Sr.; C Keoki Fraser, Sr.; KR Syndric Steptoe, So.
ARIZONA STATE: PK Jesse Ainsworth, So.; MLB Justin Burks, Sr.; C Drew Hodgdon, Grad.; WR Terry Richardson, So.; OLB Dale Robinson, Jr.; OLB Jamar Williams, Jr.
OREGON: QB Kellen Clemens, Jr.; CB Aaron Gipson, Jr.; DE Devan Long, Jr.; MLB Jerry Matson, Sr.; PR Justin Phinisee, Jr.; OG Nick Steitz, Sr.; TB Terrence Whitehead, Jr.
OREGON STATE: C Matt Brock, Sr.; OLB Keith Ellison, Jr.; TE Joe Newton, So.; P Sam Paulescu, Jr.; SS Sabby Piscitelli, So.; OLB Jonathan Pollard, Sr.; TB Dwight Wright, Sr.
STANFORD: FS Oshimogho Atogwe, Sr.; DT Julian Jenkins, Jr.; FL Evan Moore, So.; NT Babatunde Oshinowo, Jr.; ILB Kevin Schimmelman, Jr.; CB Stanley Wilson, Sr.
UCLA: FL Craig Bragg, Sr.; OT Paul Molicer, Sr.; SS Jarrad Page, Jr.; FB Michael Pitre, Fr.; TB Manuel White, Sr.
USC: TE Dominique Byrd, Jr.; TE Alex Holmes, Sr.; SE Dwayne Jarrett, Fr.; FS Jason Leach, Sr.; OLB Dallas Sartz, Jr.; DT Manuel Wright, So.; CB Justin Wyatt, Jr.
WASHINGTON: CB Derrick Johnson, Sr.; ILB Joe Lobendahn, Jr.
WASHINGTON STATE: P Kyle Basler, Jr.; OLB Scott Davis., So.; RB Jerome Harrison, Jr.; C Nick Mihlhauser, Jr.; CB Karl Paymah, Sr.
NOTES ON THE 2004 ALL-PAC-10 FOOTBALL TEAM
Selection Procedures: The All-Pac-10 Team is selected by the Pac-10 head football coaches.
By School: California and USC both had the most first team selections with eight. Cal had eight different players receive notice, while USC had seven (Reggie Bush was honored twice). Oregon State was next with four, followed by Stanford with three.
By Class: Of the 29 first-team selections, 16 are seniors, nine are juniors and four are sophomores. No freshmen made the first team.
Unanimous: DE Bill Swancutt of Oregon State was the only player named on the first-team ballot of all 10 coaches.
Two-time Selections: Seven players were voted first-team selections for the second time and five of the seven were from USC. Trojans making the first team for the second time were DT Shaun Cody, OLB Matt Grootegoed (2002), QB Matt Leinart, P Tom Malone and DT Mike Patterson. The other two-timers are OT Calvin Armstrong (2002) of Washington State and OT Adam Snyder of Oregon.
All-Academic: OG Grayling Love of Arizona State and DE Bill Swancutt of Oregon State were named to the first-team on both the All-Conference Team and the Pac-10 All-Academic Team. Love boasts a 3.48 GPA in Finance, Swancutt carries a 3.11 in Business.
Multi-Purpose Man: Reggie Bush of USC was voted first-team as a tailback and a punt returner and was a second-team pick as a kickoff returner, as well as being named co-offensive player of the year. Maurice Drew of UCLA also found his way on to the team twice as a second-team tailback and punt returner.
Some Firsts: Oregon State DE Bill Swancutt is the first Beaver to be named Pac-10 Player of the Year in football (the award started in 1975). Shaun Cody of USC is the first Trojan down lineman to be named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year and the fourth USC defender overall to win the award.
Leinart a Two-Timer: USC QB is just the fourth player, and only the second quarterback, to be a two-time selection as Player of the Year. The other QB was Stanford's John Elway in 1980 and 1982. Also two-time winners of the award were USC RB Charles White (1978-79) and Washington State RB Rueben Mayes (1984-85), the most recent to do it.
Golden Bear O-Line: All five starters on California's offensive line received All-Pac-10 notice. Center Marvin Philip and tackle Ryan O'Callaghan were first team selections. Guards Jonathan Giesel and Aaron Merz and tackle Andrew Cameron were named honorable mention. Of the fivesome, only Giesel is a senior.
And the Beaver DBs: All four starters in Oregon State's defensive backfield received All-Conference mention. FS Mitch Meeuwsen was voted first-team, CBs Aric Williams and Brandon Browner were named second team and SS Sabby Piscitelli was honorable mention.