After orchestrating a remarkable turnaround season, Colorado’s Mike MacIntyre was named the Pac-12 football coach of the year on Tuesday.
In addition to MacIntyre’s honor, 16 Buffs all-conference recognition. Conference coaches voted on the honors.
MacIntyre led the Buffs (10-2, 8-1 Pac-12) to a Pac-12 South title one year after going 1-8 in the conference (4-9 overall). The seven-win improvement from last year marked the greatest single-season improvement in conference history.
The Buffs are ranked No. 9 in the national polls and jumped to No. 8 in the College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday night.
MacIntyre gave credit to everybody involved in the program, rather than taking the credit for himself.
“Everybody has done so much to propel these young men and instill confidence in them and belief,” said MacIntyre, who earned a $25,000 bonus from CU for earning coach of the year honors. “That’s what’s happened. I’m just fortunate enough to have ‘head coach’ in front of my name. I just get to go along with the ride.”
Linebacker Jimmie Gilbert was named first-team all-Pac-12, as was Ryan Moeller, a nickel back who was slotted in the all-purpose/special teams spot.
Five Buffs were selected to the second team: running back Phillip Lindsay, offensive lineman Jeromy Irwin, cornerbacks Chidobe Awuzie and Ahkello Witherspoon and safety Tedric Thompson.
Nine Buffs received all-conference honorable mention: quarterback Sefo Liufau; receivers Bryce Bobo, Shay Fields and Devin Ross; offensive linemen Alex Kelley and Gerrad Kough; defensive linemen Jordan Carrell and Josh Tupou; and linebacker Kenneth Olugbode.
During CU’s first five years in the Pac-12 (2011-15), it had one first-team all-conference player: receiver Paul Richardson in 2013.
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2016 All-Pac-12 Conference football team
Offensive Player of the Year: Jake Browning, Washington
Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year: Adoree’ Jackson, USC
Freshman Offensive Player of the Year: Sam Darnold, USC
Freshman Defensive Player of the Year: Taylor Rapp, Washington
Coach of the Year: Mike MacIntyre, Colorado
First Team Offense
QB Jake Browning, So., Washington
RB Myles Gaskin, So, Washington
RB Christian McCaffrey, Jr., Stanford
WR Gabe Marks, Sr., Washington State
WR John Ross, Jr., Washington
TE Pharaoh Brown, Sr., Oregon
OL Trey Adams, So., Washington
OL Zach Banner, Sr., USC
OL Garett Bolles, Jr., Utah
OL Jake Eldrenkamp, Sr., Washington
OL Scott Quessenberry, Jr., UCLA
OL Chad Wheeler, Sr., USC
First Team Defense
DL Hunter Dimick, Sr., Utah
DL Tak McKinley, Sr., UCLA
DL Elijah Qualls, Jr., Washington
DL Solomon Thomas, Jr., Stanford
LB Jayon Brown, Sr., UCLA
LB Jimmie Gilbert, Sr., Colorado
LB Azeem Victor, Jr., Washington
LBKenny Young, Jr., UCLA
DB Budda Baker, Jr., Washington DB
DB Adoree’ Jackson, Jr., USC
DB Sidney Jones, Jr., Washington
DB Shalom Luani, Sr., Washington State
First Team Specialists
PK Zane Gonzalez, Sr., Arizona State
P Mitch Wishnowsky, So., Utah
RS Adoree’ Jackson, Jr., USC
ST Ryan Moeller, Jr., Colorado
Second Team Offense
QB Luke Falk, Jr., Washington State
RB Ronald Jones III, So., USC
RB Phillip Lindsay, Jr., Colorado
WR Chad Hansen, Jr., California
WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, Jr., USC
TE Nate Iese, Sr., UCLA
OL Isaac Asiata, Sr., Utah
OL Sean Harlow, Sr., Oregon State
OL Jeromy Irwin, Jr., Colorado
OL Damien Mama, Jr., USC
OL Conor McDermott, Jr., UCLA
OL Coleman Shelton, Jr., Washington
Second Team Defense
DL Hercules Mata’afa, So., Washington State
DL Stevie Tu’ikolovatu, Sr., USC
DL Vita Vea, So., Washington
DL JoJo Wicker, So., Arizona State
LB Keishawn Bierra, Jr., Washington
LB Koron Crump, Jr., Arizona State
LB Cameron Smith, So., USC
LB Kenny Young, Jr., UCLA
DB Chidobe Awuzie, Sr., Colorado
DB Tedric Thompson, Sr., Colorado
DB Marcus Williams, Jr., Utah
DB Ahkello Witherspoon, Sr., Colorado
Second Team Specialists
PK Andy Phillips, Sr., Utah
P Matt Haack, Sr., ASU
RS Dante Pettis, Jr., Washington
AP/ST Tony Brooks-James, So., Oregon
ALL-PAC-12 HONORABLE MENTION
ARIZONA: AP/ST Samajie Grant, Sr.; WR Nate Phillips, Sr.; WR Trey Griffey, Sr.
ARIZONA STATE: WR N’Keal Harry, Fr.; LB Viliami (Laiu) Moeakiola, Sr.
CALIFORNIA: PK Matt Anderson, Jr.; DL James Looney, Jr.; OL Steven Moore, Sr.; RB Khalfani Muhammad, Sr.; QB Davis Webb, Sr.
COLORADO: WR Bryce Bobo, Jr.; DL, Jordan Carrell, Sr.; WR Shay Fields, Jr.; OL Alex Kelley, Sr.; OL Gerrad Kough, Jr.; QB Sefo Liufau, Sr.; LB Kenneth Olugbode, Sr.; WR Devin Ross, Jr.; DL Josh Tupou, Sr.
OREGON: LB Troy Dye, Fr.; RB Royce Freeman, Jr.; OL Jake Hanson, Fr.; TE Johnny Mundt, Sr.; RS Charles Nelson, Jr.; OL Calvin Throckmorton, Fr.; K Matt Wogan, Sr.
OREGON STATE: DB Xavier Crawford, Fr.; DB Treston Decoud, Sr.; OL Gus Lavaka Fr.; RB Ryan Nall, So.
STANFORD: LB Joey Alfieri, Jr.; P Jake Bailey, So.; DB Dallas Lloyd, Sr.; RB Bryce Love, So.; RS Christian McCaffrey, Jr.; DB Quenton Meeks, So.; LB Kevin Palma, Sr.; Harrison Phillips, Jr.; DB Justin Reid, So.; TE Dalton Schultz, Jr.; ST Brandon Simmons, Jr.; PK Conrad Ukropina, Sr.
UCLA: WR Darren Andrews, Jr.; DB Randall Goforth, Sr.; Fabian Moreau, Sr.; DL Eddie Vanderdoes, Jr.; DB Jaleel Wadood, Jr.
USC: QB Sam Darnold, RSFr.; DL Rasheem Green, So.; DL Porter Gustin, So.; DB Chris Hawkins, Jr.; LB Michael Hutchings, Sr.; TE Daniel Imatorbhebhe, RSFr.; DB Iman Marshall, So.; Leon McQuay III, Sr.; WR Darreus Rogers, Sr.
UTAH: DB Chase Hansen, So.; DL Lowell Lotulelei, Jr.; DL Filipo Mokofisi, Jr.; DL Pasoni Tasini, Sr.; DL Pita Taumoepenu, Sr.; RB Joe Williams, Sr.
WASHINGTON: TE Darrell Daniels, Sr.; DL Greg Gaines, So.; DB Kevin King, Sr.; TE Drew Sample, So.; LB Psalm Wooching, Sr.
WASHINGTON STATE: WR River Cracraft, Sr.; OL Cole Madison, Jr.; RB Jamal Morrow, Jr.; OL Cody O’Connell, Jr.; LB Peyton Pelluer, Jr.; OL Riley Sorenson, Sr.