Washington cornerback, and Wilson High grad, Desmond Trufant was on the all-conference first team and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was on the second team when Pacific-12 Conference awards were announced Monday.
Trufant has 34 tackles, a sack and an interception plus eight pass breakups in his senior season. His interception against Stanford sealed the victory for the Huskies.
Seferian-Jenkins broke several Washington tight end records this season. He has 63 catches for 791 yards and six touchdowns.
Stanford’s Zach Ertz, a fellow finalist for the John Mackey Award signifying the best tight end in the country, was named the All-Pac-12 first-team tight end. His numbers are almost identical to Seferian-Jenkins’: 63 catches, 818 yards and six touchdowns.
Foss High grad Scott Crichton, a defensive end at Oregon State, was named to the first-team defense.
USC wide receiver Marqise Lee was named the offensive player of the year. Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton was named the defensive player of the year. Stanford’s David Shaw was voted coach of the year.
NO SHORTCUT FOR EMBREE
A choked-up Jon Embree suggested that the only way he could have turned around the University of Colorado’s flailing football program in his two seasons as head coach was to take shortcuts in the classroom and on the recruiting trail.
“If you just hire the next guy and say you’ve got two years, keep your fingers crossed,” Embree said at his farewell news conference a day after being fired.
Athletic director Mike Bohn responded: “Shortcuts are not going to be an answer and we’re not going to hire a coach that expects to use shortcuts.”
BYU (7-5) will face San Diego State (9-3) in the Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 20 in San Diego after the Aztecs accepted a bid Monday. … SMU (6-6) of Conference USA accepted a bid to the Hawaii Bowl on Dec. 24. … Pitt redshirt freshman defensive back Stephen Williams was dismissed from the team two days after he was charged with assaulting a woman he said was his girlfriend. … Texas will play quarterback Case McCoy instead of banged-up David Ash in its season finale at No. 7 Kansas State. … Career TD leader Montee Ball of Wisconsin was selected to the first team as the Big Ten’s top running back . … Georgia QB Aaron Murray self-imposed a media blackout, with coach Mark Richt’s permission, leading up to the No. 3-ranked Bulldogs’ SEC title game Saturday against No. 2 Alabama.
all Pac-12 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
First Team Defense
DL: Scott Crichton, so., Oregon State
DL: Dion Jordan, sr., Oregon
DL: Star Lotulelei*, sr., Utah
DL: Will Sutton, jr., Arizona State
LB: Anthony Barr, jr., UCLA
LB: Trent Murphy, sr., Stanford
LB: Chase Thomas*, sr., Stanford
DB: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, so., Oregon
DB: Jordan Poyer, sr., Oregon State
DB: Ed Reynolds, jr., Stanford
DB: Desmond Trufant, sr., Washington
(* two-time first team selection)
The rest of the team, B5