Colorado’s Isaiah Oliver was named first-team all-Pac-12 on Tuesday in a vote by league coaches.
Oliver, the Buffaloes’ standout junior cornerback, was the only CU player to make the first or second team.
Oliver is just the fourth CU player to earn first-team honors from the coaches since the Buffs joined the conference in 2011, joining Paul Richardson in 2013 and Jimmie Gilbert and Ryan Moeller in 2016.
This was the first year that coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players.
Five other Buffs received honorable mention: linebacker Rick Gamboa, tackle Jeromy Irwin, running back Phillip Lindsay, quarterback Steven Montez and safety Evan Worthington.
Oliver averaged 1.5 passes defended (interceptions and breakups) per game to lead the Pac-12. He missed two full games and half of two others with a leg injury, but still tied for second in the Pac-12 with 13 total pass breakups. He added two interceptions.
On Tuesday, Oliver, who has announced he will forego his senior season to enter the NFL draft, was also named second-team All-American by SB Nation.
Lindsay was a second-team choice in 2016 and had a better year this year, ranking fourth in the conference with 1,474 rushing yards and fifth with 14 rushing touchdowns.
A quartet of great backs — USC’s Ronald Jones, Stanford’s Bryce Love, Oregon’s Royce Freeman and Washington’s Myles Gaskin — topped Lindsay for first and second team honors.
Irwin was also a second-team choice in 2016. Gamboa, Montez and Worthington were all honored for the first time in their careers.
Love was named the offensive player of the year, while Washington’s Vita Vea was the defensive player of the year.
Arizona’s J.J. Taylor and Stanford’s Walker Little were named freshman offensive co-players of the year, while Arizona’s Colin School was the freshman defensive player of the year.
Stanford’s David Shaw was named the coach of the year.