Nix Wins Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year

EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon quarterback Bo Nix was announced as the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year on Tuesday and was one of 16 total Ducks to receive all-Pac-12 honors after a vote of the conference’s coaches.

Announced on Monday as a finalist for the 2023 Heisman Trophy, Nix becomes the fourth Duck ever to be named the conference offensive player of the year, joining Marcus Mariota (2014), Dennis Dixon (2007) and Joey Harrington (2001).

Nix is one of six Ducks named to the all-Pac-12 first team, along with defensive end Brandon Dorlus, tight end Terrance Ferguson, wide receiver Troy Franklin, defensive back Khyree Jackson and offensive lineman Jackson Powers-Johnson. Oregon’s six first-team selections are the most in the conference.

Linebacker Jeffrey Bassa, running back Bucky Irving and defensive back Evan Williams represent the Ducks on the second team. Oregon is second in the league with nine total players on the first or second teams.

Seven more Ducks received honorable mention recognition – defensive end Jordan Burch, offensive lineman Josh Conerly Jr., offensive lineman Ajani Cornelius, punter Ross James, wide receiver Tez Johnson, defensive back Tysheem Johnson and offensive lineman Steven Jones.

The No. 8 Ducks (11-2) will close their 2023 season against No. 23 Liberty (13-0) in the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1 in Glendale, Ariz.

QB Bo Nix – Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year & All-Pac-12 First Team

» The fourth player in Oregon history to be named a Heisman Trophy finalist, and first since Mariota won the award in 2014.

» Leads the nation with a 77.2 completion percentage (336-of-435), just shy of the NCAA single-season record of 77.4 (Mac Jones, Alabama).

» Also leads the country with 336 completions, the most in Oregon single-season history.

» Tied for the FBS lead in passing touchdowns (40), and second in total touchdowns (46).

» No. 2 nationally in passing yards per game (318.8) and passer rating (186.24), and third in total yards per game (336.4).

» Just the second FBS player since at least 2000 with 40-or-more touchdown passes and no more than three interceptions through 13 games.

» The only FBS player this season to account for at least six total touchdowns in multiple games (vs. Cal, at ASU).

» Matched the UO single-game record with a career-high six touchdown passes at ASU, all coming in the first half.

» First Duck ever to throw for 400-plus yards in back-to-back games (vs. USC, at ASU).

» Since Week 7, Nix leads the nation in total touchdowns (28), total yards (2,476), passing touchdowns (23), passing yards per game (335.6) and completion percentage (79.0).

» The most experienced starting quarterback in NCAA history with 60 career starts.

» Ranks fourth in NCAA history in total yards (16,596), tied for sixth in total touchdowns (147), seventh in completions (1,258), seventh in passing yards (14,989) and 21st in passing TDs (108).

DE Brandon Dorlus – All-Pac-12 First Team

» Second time on the all-Pac-12 first team and third time on the first or second team; was a first-team selection in 2021 and second-team selection in 2022.

» Leads Oregon with a career-high 5.0 sacks while ranking second on the team with 6.5 tackles for loss.

» Leads the Ducks and is tied for third in the Pac-12 with nine pass breakups, second-most among all Pac-12 defensive linemen.

» Ranks eighth among all Pac-12 defenders with 45 total pressures, according to Pro Football Focus.

» Had a sack in four consecutive games from Sept. 23 vs. Colorado to Oct. 21 vs. Washington State.

TE Terrance Ferguson – All-Pac-12 First Team

» Has 40 receptions for 396 yards and five touchdowns this season, including two TDs in the Pac-12 Championship Game.

» 40 receptions are second-most this season among Pac-12 tight ends and the fifth-most in UO single-season history for a tight end.

» Two touchdown receptions in the Pac-12 Championship Game marked his first multi-score game of the season and third of his career.

» At least one reception in 12 of 13 games this season, and multiple receptions in 11 of 13 games.

» Caught a season-high six passes for 60 yards and a touchdown in Oregon’s win over USC on Nov. 11.

WR Troy Franklin – All-Pac-12 First Team

» Tied for second in the nation with 14 touchdown receptions while ranking fifth with 1,383 receiving yards and tied for sixth with 106.4 receiving yards per game.

» Shattered the Oregon single-season records for receptions (81), receiving yards, receiving touchdowns and 100-yard receiving games (8).

» Also the new all-time program leader in receiving touchdowns with 25 in his career.

» At least one reception in 30 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in program history.

» Multiple receptions in all 13 games this season with nine games of five-plus receptions.

» Four games this season with multiple touchdown receptions, and at least one TD catch in 10 of 13 games.

» Caught eight passes for a career-high 154 yards and a touchdown at Washington on Oct. 14.

» No. 2 in the nation with 15 receptions of 30-plus yards, and No. 3 with 53 catches of 10-plus yards.

DB Khyree Jackson – All-Pac-12 First Team

» Tied for second in the Pac-12 with a team-high three interceptions, and No. 4 in the conference with 10 passes defended.

» Interceptions in back-to-back games vs. Texas Tech and Hawai’i, and added third in the Pac-12 Championship Game.

» Also has 5.0 tackles for loss, tied for third-most among Ducks.

» 80.1 overall defensive grade from PFF ranks fourth among all Pac-12 cornerbacks.

» Second among Pac-12 cornerbacks with an 88.2 pass-rush grade from PFF, and fourth with an 84.3 tackling grade.

OL Jackson Powers-Johnson – All-Pac-12 First Team

» Finalist for the 2023 Rimington Trophy, given to college football’s most outstanding center.

» Leads all FBS centers in PFF pass-blocking grade (91.3), run-blocking grade (85.2) and overall grade (84.6).

» Has allowed just one total pressure in 471 total pass-blocking opportunities this season.

» Helped the Ducks lead the nation this season with just five sacks allowed.

» Two-time winner of the Pac-12 Offensive Lineman of the Week award.

» Three-time winner of the Joe Moore Award Pancake of the Week.

ILB Jeffrey Bassa – All-Pac-12 Second Team

» Third among Ducks this season with 63 total tackles.

» Helped seal Oregon’s win at Texas Tech with a pick-six in the final minute.

» Also has 2.5 tackles flor loss and 10 QB hurries this season.

» Multiple tackles in every game this season, including a career-high 11 total tackles in the Pac-12 Championship Game.

RB Bucky Irving – All-Pac-12 Second Team

» Fourth in the Pac-12 with 81.77 rushing yards per game and 1,063 total rushing yards, and fifth with 10 rushing touchdowns.

» No. 3 in the Pac-12 with 1,458 all-purpose yards.

» Leads all FBS running backs with 53 receptions while tying for fifth with 395 receiving yards.

» Four 100-yard rushing games in 2023, including 119 yards and two touchdowns on just four carries in the season opener.

DB Evan Williams – All-Pac-12 Second Team

» Leads Oregon with 79 total tackles, 11 more than any other Duck despite missing the first game of the season.

» Second among Ducks with a career-high 4.5 sacks, most among all Pac-12 defensive backs.

» Career-high 14 tackles in Oregon’s win over Washington State, most by a Duck since his brother, Bennett Williams, had 14 in 2021.

» Leads all Pac-12 safeties with an 89.1 pass-rushing grade from PFF.

DE Jordan Burch – All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention

» Leads Oregon with 7.5 tackles for loss while tying for third with 3.0 sacks.

» Back-to-back games with 2.0 TFLs in Oregon’s wins over Colorado and Stanford.

» Second among all Ducks with an 88.4 tackling grade from PFF.

OL Josh Conerly Jr. – All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention

» Has started all 13 games at left tackle for the Ducks as a true sophomore.

» Helped the Ducks lead the nation this season with just five sacks allowed.

» 76.9 pass-blocking grade from PFF, allowing just one sack in 471 total opportunities.

OL Ajani Cornelius – All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention

» Has started all 13 games at right tackle for the Ducks after transferring from Rhode Island.

» Helped the Ducks lead the nation this season with just five sacks allowed.

» 83.3 pass-blocking grade from PFF, allowing zero sacks and just 11 pressures in 473 total opportunities.

» Second among Oregon’s starting offensive linemen with an 84.6 overall grade from PFF.

P Ross James – All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention

» Averaging 48.65 yards per punt this season on 26 attempts.

» Has 10 punts of 50-plus yards and 10 punts pinned inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.

» Two punts of 60-plus yards, including a 64-yard punt vs. California that was pinned inside the Golden Bears’ 5-yard line.

WR/RS Tez Johnson – All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention

» The 13th Duck to record 1,000 receiving yards in a season, catching 75 passes for 1,010 yards and nine touchdowns.

» Teamed up with Troy Franklin to become just the second Oregon duo ever, and first since 1998, to each have 1,000 receiving yards in a season.

» Ranks fourth in the FBS since Week 6 with 806 receiving yards on 60 catches with six touchdowns.

» Two games with double-digit receptions, including a career-high 12 catches for 180 yards and two touchdowns in win vs. California.

» Three games with multiple touchdown catches, including back-to-back games vs. Cal and USC.

» At least three receptions in 12 of 13 games, and at least five in each of his last eight games.

DB Tysheem Johnson – All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention

» Second among Ducks with 68 total tackles and second with two interceptions.

» Named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week after picking off two passes in Oregon’s win at Utah.

» Also has 4.0 tackles for loss, including one in each of the first two games of the season and one in the Pac-12 Championship Game.

» Third among Ducks with an 87.7 tackling grade from PFF.

OL Steven Jones. – All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention

» Has started all 13 games at right guard for the Ducks as a true sophomore.

» Helped the Ducks lead the nation this season with just five sacks allowed.

» 92.8 pass-blocking grade from PFF is tied for first among all FBS offensive linemen. » Has allowed just three total pressures in 381 pass-blocking opportunities this season.