AP names McCaffrey as Pac-12 offensive player of year; CU’s Spruce, Awuzie gain second-team honors

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Colorado wide receiver Nelson Spruce, right, received second-team All-Pac-12 honors from The Associated Press.

AP All-Pac-12 team

The 2015 Associated Press All-Pac-12 football team released Friday, with player’s position, name, school, height, weight and class:




QB — Luke Falk, Washington State, 6-4, 205, So.

RB — Royce Freeman, Oregon, 5-11, 230, So.

RB — Devontae Booker, Utah, 5-11, 212, Sr.

T — Kyle Murphy, Stanford, 6-7, 301, Sr.

T — Tyler Johnstone, Oregon, 6-6, 295, Sr.

G — Joshua Garnett, Stanford, 6-5, 321, Sr.

G — Eduardo Middleton, Washington State, 6-5, 310, Jr.

C — Josh Mitchell, Oregon St., 6-5, 305, Sr.

WR — Gabe Marks, Washington St, 6-0, 190, Jr.

WR — JuJu Smith-Schuster, USC, 6-2, 215, So.

TE — Austin Hooper, Stanford, 6-4, 248, Jr.

All-purpose — Christian McCaffrey, Stanford, 6-0, 201, So.

PK— Ka’imi Fairbairn, UCLA, 6-0, 190, Sr.


E — DeForest Buckner, Oregon, 6-7, 300, Sr.

E — Aziz Shittu, Stanford, 6-3, 279, Sr.

T — Kenny Clark, UCLA, 6-3, 310, Sr.

T — Delvon Simmons, USC, 6-5, 295, Sr.

LB — Gionni Paul, Utah, 5-10, 225, Sr.

LB — Blake Martinez, Stanford, 6-2, 225, Sr.

LB — Su’a Cravens, USC, 6-1, 225, Jr.

CB — Sidney Jones, Washington, 6-0, 178, So.

CB — Adoree’ Jackson, USC, 5-11, 185, So.

S — Budda Baker, Washington, 5-10, 178, So.

S — Marcus Williams, Utah, 6-0, 190, So.

P — Tom Hackett, Utah, 5-11, 195, Sr.



QB — Jared Goff, California, 6-4, 215, Jr.

RB — Christian McCaffrey, Stanford, 6-0, 201, So.

RB — Paul Perkins, UCLA, 5-11, 210, Jr.

T — Joe Dahl, Washington St, 6-5, 310, Sr.

T — Zach Banner, USC, 6-9, 360, Jr.

G — Isaac Seumalo, Oregon State, 6-5, 298, Jr.

G — Christian Westerman, Arizona State, 6-4, 300, Sr.

C — Jake Brendal, UCLA, 6-4, 305, Sr.

WR — Nelson Spruce, Colorado, 6-1, 205, Sr.

WR — Jordan Payton, UCLA, 6-1, 212, Sr.

TE — Thomas Duarte, UCLA, 6-3, 225, Jr.

All-purpose — Charles Nelson, Oregon, 5-8, 170, So.

PK— Aidan Schneider, Oregon, 6-4, 235, So.


E — Kylie Fitts, Utah, 6-4, 268, Jr.

E — Darryl Paulo, Washington State, 6-5, 255, Sr.

T — Lowell Lotulelei, Utah, 6-2, 302, So.

T — Antwaun Woods, USC, 6-1, 320, Sr.

LB — Travis Feeney, Washington, 6-4, 226, Sr.

LB — Antonio Longino, Arizona State 6-2, 230, Sr.

LB — Jared Norris, Utah, 6-2, 240, Sr.

CB — Ronnie Harris, Stanford, 5-10, 172, Sr.

CB — Chidobe Awuzie, Colorado, 6-0, 190, Jr.

S — Jordan Simone, Arizona State, 6-0, 195, Sr.

S — Shalom Luani, Washington State, 6-0, 201, Jr.

P — Drew Riggleman, Arizona, 6-2, 213, Sr.

Stanford’s do-everything running back Christian McCaffrey, a former Colorado prep star, was named Friday as the offensive player of the year on the All-Pac-12 team by Associated Press while record-setting University of Colorado receiver Nelson Spruce and cornerback Chidobe Awuzie earned second-team honors.

Spruce wrapped up his CU career with school records for career catches (294) and receiving yards (3,347) as well as touchdowns (23).

McCaffrey was a unanimous pick as offensive player of the year, capping off a big week for the sophomore. McCaffrey finished runner-up to Alabama’s Derrick Henry in the Heisman Trophy voting last Saturday and was named the first-team all-purpose player on the AP All-America team the next day.

Oregon’s DeForest Buckner was a unanimous pick as the defensive player of the year in the AP’s first all-Pac-12 team since 1977. Washington State’s Mike Leach was named the coach of the year, edging Stanford’s David Shaw, and UCLA freshman quarterback Josh Rosen was voted as newcomer of the year

McCaffrey was the obvious choice as the Pac-12’s top offensive player after breaking Barry Sanders’ 37-year-old record for all-purpose yards in a season. McCaffrey finished with 3,496 total yards and though Sanders set the mark in two fewer games, it was still an impressive feat for the 6-foot, 201-pound sophomore from Stanford who also was the first-team all-purpose player.

“This is an historic year,” Shaw said. “He did something that no one has ever done and has done it better than everyone who has ever won a Heisman. It’s phenomenal.”

Conference champion Stanford led the voting with six first-team selections, followed by Utah with four. Joining McCaffrey on the first team for the Cardinal were tackle Kyle Murphy, center Joshua Garnett, tight end Austin Hooper, defensive end Aziz Shittu and linebacker Blake Martinez.

Buckner was named an All-American and picked up the Pac-12 defensive player of the year vote after leading Oregon with 16 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks and 76 total tackles. The 6-foot-7, 300-pound defensive end has been projected as a top-10 pick in next year’s NFL draft after deciding to remain with the Ducks for his senior season this year.