UCLA’s Jack Pac-12’s top freshman

McClatchy News ServicesDecember 3, 2013 

UCLA running back Myles Jack, from Bellevue, dives into the end zone for a touchdown in a 35-14 win against USC on Saturday. He was named the Pac-12 offensive and defensive freshman of the year.

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Everybody in the Pac-12 Conference knew Myles Jack was double trouble. Now it’s official.

UCLA’s star linebacker turned running back has been chosen freshman defensive player of the year in the Pac-12. And also freshman offensive player of the year – a first since the awards were added in 2008.

Jack, who was recruited to UCLA as a linebacker out of Bellevue High – though he played his fair share of snaps in the backfield for the Wolverines – doubled as a running back in the Bruins’ last four games and ran for seven touchdowns and 267 yards, averaging 7.2 yards per carry. On defense, he made 70 tackles. He clinched a 34-27 victory over Utah by intercepting a pass at the 5-yard line with 16 seconds remaining.

Jack was chosen second-team all-conference as a linebacker.

Arizona State’s Todd Graham was named the Pac-12 coach of the year and defensive end Will Sutton became the second player to repeat as defensive player of the year after leading the 11th-ranked Sun Devils to 10 wins and a spot in the Pac-12 title game on Saturday against Stanford.

Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey was the Pac-12 offensive player of the year.

Graham led Arizona State to eight wins, including its first victory in a bowl since 2007, in his first season in the desert and topped that this season by getting the Sun Devils within a game of their first Rose Bowl since 1997.

A senior, Sutton joins Washington defensive tackle Steve Emtman (1990-91) as the only players to repeat as the conference player of the year after another superb season on ASU’s line.

Carey was an All-American last season after leading the nation in rushing yards per game and was just as good this season to become Arizona’s first offensive player of the year. The junior ran for 1,716 yards and 18 touchdowns with a per-game average of 156, which was second-best in the nation.

WITNESS: WOMAN SHOT OVER ALABAMA LOSS

A woman charged with killing a fellow Alabama fan after the end of last weekend’s Iron Bowl football game was angry that the victim and others didn’t seem upset over the Crimson Tide’s loss to rival Auburn, said the sister of the slain woman.

Adrian Laroze Briskey, 28, was charged Monday with murder in the killing of 36-year-old Michelle Shepherd.

Hoover police Capt. Jim Coker said both Birmingham women were Alabama fans and at the same party for the annual game between the schools.

The victim’s sister, Nekesa Shepherd, said she witnessed the killing and had no doubt it was about football, even though it was unclear to investigators whether the violence was motivated by the game.

BIG TEN FINES PELINI

The Big Ten Conference on Monday issued a public reprimand of Nebraska coach Bo Pelini and fined the university $10,000 for his comments about the officiating in a loss to Iowa last week.

Pelini used an expletive at his postgame news conference while discussing a pass interference penalty against the Huskers.

NO SUSPENSIONS IN FIGHT

The Big Ten office will not to suspend players or coaches for actions in the wake of a fight in Saturday’s game between No. 2 Ohio State and rival Michigan.

The conference office issued a public reprimand to Buckeyes right guard Marcus Hall and the OSU coaching staff on Monday.

EXTRA POINTS

Paul Richardson is leaving Colorado to enter the NFL draft. The junior receiver had 1,343 receiving yards and 10 TDs this season. … Florida defensive back Loucheiz Purifoy will give up his senior season to enter the NFL draft, too. … Jim Grobe resigned Monday after 13 years as the head coach at Wake Forest. … Dick Biddle, the winningest coach in Colgate history, retired Monday. … Michigan coach Brady Hoke said he expects quarterback Devin Gardner to return next year.

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