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The Pacific Ten Conference has released this year's all-conference selections. Washington Huskies Quarterback Jake Locker has been selected as Freshman of the Year while Washington State wide receiver Brandon Gibson is the lone Cougar selected to this year's all-conference team.
Offensive Player of the Year: Dennis Dixon, QB, Oregon
Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year: Sedrick Ellis, NT, USC
Freshman of the Year: Jake Locker, QB, Washington
Coach of the Year: Dennis Erickson, Arizona State
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--Quarterback Dennis Dixon of Oregon has been selected Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year, nose tackle Sedrick Ellis of USC the Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year, quarterback Jake Locker of Washington the Freshman of the Year and Dennis Erickson of Arizona State the Pac-10 Coach of the Year. The award winners are selected by the Pac-10 head football coaches.
Offensive Player of the Year Dennis Dixon, QB, Oregon: Dixon, a senior from San Leandro, Calif., was a unanimous choice for Pac-10 offensive player of the year despite missing the final two games of the regular season with a knee injury. Dixon led the Pac-10 in passing efficiency by completing 172 of 254 passes (67.7%) for 2,136 yards and 20 touchdowns with just four interceptions. He also was dangerous as a runner with 105 rushes for 583 yards (5.6-yard average) and nine touchdowns. Under Dixon's direction, Oregon led the Pac-10 in both scoring offense (36.7) and total offense (462.1). He was named Pac-10 offensive player of the week three times this season following Oregon victories against Michigan, Stanford and Arizona State. Dixon has been named one of three finalists for both the Maxwell Award and the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award. In addition, he has been selected as one of 15 National Scholar-Athletes by The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame and is a finalist for the Foundation's Draddy Trophy.
Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year Sedrick Ellis, NT, USC: Ellis, a senior from Chino, Calif. anchored the USC defense that led the Pac-10 in scoring defense (15.9) and total defense (258.8). He led USC linemen in tackles with 56, 28 solo, including 12.5 tackles for loss (-75 yards) and 8.5 quarterback sacks (-67) and had two fumble recoveries. He has posted 28.5 tackles for loss and 17.5 quarterback sacks in his career. The three-year starter has been selected to the All-Pac-10 Team two straight years and in 2006 was named winner of the Morris Trophy as the top defensive lineman in the Conference. He is a semifinalist for the 2007 Bednarik Award and the Lott Trophy.
Freshman of the Year Jake Locker, QB, Washington: Locker, a heralded redshirt freshman from Ferndale, Wash., was named the Huskies' starting quarterback prior to the season and had a spectacular freshman campaign. He ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in total offense at 254.0 yards per game. Locker has passed for 2,062 yards and 14 touchdowns, but it is his rushing combined with those passing totals that has made such a dynamic impact. Locker has established a modern Pac-10 record for most yards rushing in a season by a quarterback with 986 yards. That ranks him fifth overall in rushing in the Pac-10.
Coach of the Year Dennis Erickson, Arizona State: Dennis Erickson took over an Arizona State squad that finished 7-6 last season and was picked to finish in the middle of the pack in the Conference race and directed the Sun Devils to a 10-2 mark, a Pac-10 co-championship and a berth in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl. Erickson is the only coach to ever be head coach at three different Pac-10 schools and now he has earned coach of the year honors at all three, having previously been named while coaching Washington State in 1988 and Oregon State in 2000. Erickson joins Pete Carroll of USC and Don James of Washington as the only coaches to be named Pac-10 coach of the year three times. In his 19th season as a collegiate head coach, Erickson is 10th on the active career coaching list with a record of 158-67-1 (701).
In addition to individual awards, the Pac-10 coaches selected the 2007 All-Pac-10 Football Team that follows.
NOTES ON THE 2007 ALL-PAC-10 FOOTBALL TEAM
Selection Procedures: The All-Pac-10 Team is selected by the Pac-10 head football coaches.
By School: USC placed the most players on the first team with eight selections, followed by Oregon with five. Arizona and Arizona State were next with four each.
By Class: Of the 29 first-team selections, 15 are seniors, 10 are juniors, one is a sophomore and three are freshmen. Note that the freshmen and sophomore selections were all on special teams. All the first-team offensive and defensive players are seniors or juniors.
Unanimous: Three players were named on the first-team ballot of all 10 head coaches--NT Sedrick Ellis of USC, C Alex Mack of California and TB Jonathan Stewart of Oregon. In addition, QB Dennis Dixon of Oregon was a unanimous selection as Offensive Player of the Year.
Three-time Selection: OT Sam Baker of USC was named to the first-team for the third consecutive year.
Two-time Selections: In addition to Baker, six other players were named first-team All-Pac-10 for the second time with four of them being Trojans. Repeat first-teamers from last year are CB Antoine Cason of Arizona, C Alex Mack of California and the USC trio of NT Sedrick Ellis, MLB Rey Maualuga and OLB Keith Rivers. DE Lawrence Jackson of USC was a first-team selection in 2005.
Double Dippers: Jonathan Stewart of Oregon was named first-team running back and second-team kick returner. Likewise, DeSean Jackson of Califonria was a second-team pick as both a wide receiver and punt returner.
2007 ALL-PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE FOOTBALL TEAMHonorable Mention
First Team Offense Second Team Offense
QB Dennis Dixon, Sr., Oregon QB Alex Brink, Sr., Washington State RB Jonathan Stewart, Jr., Oregon RB Yvenson Bernard, Sr., Oregon State RB Justin Forsett, Sr., California RB Louis Rankin, Sr., Washington WR Mike Thomas, Jr., Arizona WR DeSean Jackson, Jr., California WR Brandon Gibson, Jr., Washington State WR Lavelle Hawkins, Sr., California TE Fred Davis, Sr., USC TE Jed Collins, Sr., Washington State OL Alex Mack, Jr., California OL Geoff Schwartz, Sr., Oregon OL Max Unger, Jr., Oregon OL Juan Garcia, Sr., Washington OL Chilo Rachel, Jr., USC OL Andy Levitre, Jr., Oregon State OL Roy Schuening, Sr., Oregon State OL Eben Britton, So., Arizona OL Sam Baker, Sr., USC OL Alex Fletcher, Jr., Stanford OL Mike Pollack, Sr., Arizona State OL Fenuki Tupou, Jr., Oregon
First Team Defense Second Team Defense
DL Sedrick Ellis, Sr., USC DL Bruce Davis, Sr., UCLA DL Lawrence Jackson, Sr., USC DL Dexter Davis, So., Arizona State DL Nick Reed, Jr., Oregon DL Lionel Dotson, Sr., Arizona DL Dorian Smith, Sr., Oregon State DL Jeff Van Orsow, Sr., Oregon State LB Spencer Larsen, Sr., Arizona LB Joey LaRocque, Sr., Oregon State LB Keith Rivers, Sr., USC LB Alan Darlin, Sr., Oregon State LB Robert James, Sr., Arizona State LB Derrick Doggett, Sr., Oregon State LB Rey Maualuga, Jr., USC LB Zack Follett, Jr., California DB Antoine Cason, Sr., Arizona DB Terrell Thomas, Sr., USC DB Patrick Chung, Jr., Oregon DB Justin Tryon, Sr., Arizona State DB Kevin Ellison, Jr., USC DB Brandon Hughes, Jr., Oregon State DB Chris Horton, Sr., UCLA DB Troy Nolan, Jr., Arizona State
First Team Specialists Second Team Specialists
PK Thomas Weber, Fr., Arizona State PK Alexis Serna, Sr., Oregon State P Keenyn Crier, Fr., Arizona P Jay Ottovegio, Sr., Stanford KOR Matthew Slater, Sr., UCLA KOR Jonathan Stewart, Jr., Oregon PR Kyle Williams, So., Arizona State PR DeSean Jackson, Jr., California ST Jahvid Best, Fr., California ST Wopamo Osaisai, Jr., Stanford
ARIZONA: PK Jason Bondzio, Jr.; OT Peter Graniello, Sr.; TE Bob Gronkowski, Fr.; DE Jason Parker, Sr.; QB Willie Tuitama, Jr.
ARIZONA STATE: WR/KR Rudy Burgess, Sr.; QB Rudy Carpenter, Jr.; OG Paul Fanaika, Jr.; WR Michael Jones, Jr.; DT Michael Marquardt, Sr.; WR Chris McGaha, So.; OT Brandon Rodd, Sr.; DE Luis Vasquez, Jr.
CALIFORNIA: FS Thomas DeCoud, Sr.; OG Brian De La Puente, Sr.; OLB Anthony Felder, Jr.; OG Mike Gibson, Sr.; WR Robert Jordan, Sr.; TE Craig Stevens, Sr.
OREGON: OLB Jerome Boyd, Jr.; CB Jairus Byrd, So.; P Josh Syria, Jr.; CB Walter Thurmond III, So.; DE Will Tukuafu, So.; WR Jaison Williams, Jr.
OREGON STATE: FS Al Afalava, Jr.; DT Curtis Coker, Sr.; C Kyle DeVan, Sr.; SS Daniel Drayton, SS; CB Gerard Lawson, Sr.; DT Gerard Lee, Sr.
STANFORD: WR Mark Bradford, Sr.; DE Pannel Egboh, Jr.; OT Chris Marinelli, So.; FB Owen Marecic, Fr.; FS Bo McNally, So.; OLB Clinton Snyder, So.
UCLA: DT Kevin Brown, Sr.; CB Trey Brown, Sr.; PK Kai Forbath, Fr.; FS Dennis Keyes, Sr.; P Aaron Perez, Jr.; CB Alterraun Verner, So.
USC: OLB Brian Cushing, Jr.; DE Everson Griffen, Fr.; CB Cary Harris, Jr.; FS Taylor Mays, So.; TB/PR Joe McKnight, Fr.; OT Drew Radovich, Sr.; C Matt Spanos, Sr.; TB Chauncey Washington, Sr.; LB Thomas Williams, Sr.
WASHINGTON: QB Jake Locker, Fr.; DT Jordan Reffett, Sr.; WR Anthony Russo, Sr.
WASHINGTON STATE: FS Husain Abdullah, Sr.; WR Michael Bumpus, Sr.; OLB Andy Mattingly, So.; MLB Greg Trent, Jr.