Year-End Pac-12 Conference Awards Announced

Offensive Player of the Year: Drake London, USC

Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year: Devin Lloyd, Utah

Freshman Offensive Player of the Year: Jayden de Laura, Washington State

Freshman Defensive Player of the Year: Junior Tafuna, Utah

Coach of the Year: Kyle Whittingham, Utah

EUGENE — The Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers saw seasons of promise come to a close on bittersweet notes, which likely led to both teams being shut out of the major year-end conference awards.

The Ducks football team was still well-represented on the Pac-12 all-conference teams released on Tuesday afternoon, with five players on the first team, two on the second team, and five receiving honorable mention.

Most of the Ducks will definitely see substantial playing time in the NFL, some sooner rather than later, so in the end bragging rights may draft positions vs. trying out life as undrafted free agents.

T.J. Bass, Brandon Dorlus, Verone McKinley III, Noah Sewell and Kayvon Thibodeaux were all selected to the first team by the conference’s coaches, giving Oregon the second-most first-team selections in the league. The five first-team honorees are the most for the program since the Ducks had five in 2015.

Alex Forsyth and Camden Lewis both landed on the second team; Oregon’s seven selections between the first and second teams are third-most in the conference. Popo Aumavae, Anthony Brown, Travis Dye, Ryan Walk and Mykael Wright all earned honorable mention.

The Pac-12’s All-Conference honors and yearly recognitions were voted by the league’s 12 coaches and it’s hard to hold any ill will against a Utah team and coach that earned their awards through emotionally difficult circumstances. The same could be said of de Laura’s award as Freshman Offensive Player of the year despite losing his head coach and offensive coordinator midseason.

First team honors were nearly even across the Pac-12 North (15) and Pac-12 South (14), as South Division Champion Utah led the way with six honorees, followed by North Division Champion Oregon with five.

In total, across both first and second team selections, Utah led the way with 10 honorees, followed by UCLA (nine), Oregon (seven), and Arizona State (six) with all 12 schools represented.

Offensive Player of the Year: Drake London, WR, USC

London, a pre-season All-American, finished tops in the conference in both receptions (88) and receiving yards (1,084) despite being limited to just eight games after suffering a broken ankle against Arizona.  He is the first Trojan to win this award since fellow WR Marqise Lee in 2012.  A 2021 Biletnikoff and Maxwell Award semifinalist, London was on pace for breaking Lee’s USC single-season records in both receptions (118) and receiving yards (1,721)

  • 88 receptions are tied for ninth on USC’s season catches list.  London had at least 10 receptions in five of the eight games this season and is the first Trojan to twice haul in at least 15 catches in a game.   Joins Texas Tech’s Michael Crabtree (2007) as the only Power 5 players to have 88 catches through 8 games.
  • Had six games this season with 100 or more receiving yards including five in a row.  The streak was ended by his injury, as the junior had already tallied 81 yards in the second quarter when he suffered the season-ending injury.  First Trojan with five straight games with 100 or more yards receiving since Lee in 2012.  Only Pac-12 player to reach 1,000 receiving yards this season and did it in the first seven games.
  • Ranks in the top 20 in Trojans history in receptions (160, 17th) and receiving yards (2,783, 11th).
  • Named 2021 Midseason All-American first team by the Associated Press,, The Athletic,, and the Sporting News.  London’s 135.5 receiving yards per game and 11.0 receptions per game would both rank tops in FBS.

Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year: Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah

Llloyd, a two-time Butkus Award Finalist, leads the Utes with a career-high 106 tackles during the regular season including 22.0 tackles for loss, which was second most in the country.  The junior becomes the first Utah player to win this award and just the third Ute to win a Pac-12 annual award after Zack Moss won 2019 Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year and Ty Jordan won 2020 Pac-12 Freshman Offensive Player of the Year.

  • Named MVP of the 2021 Pac-12 Championship Game, leading the Utes to their first ever Pac-12 championship.  Had seven tackles and an interception he returned 34 yards for a touchdown to give the Utes a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.  It was Lloyd’s second Pick 6 of the season and third of his career.
  • Named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week, presented by Nextiva, three times this season, the most of any player this season and first to win it three times in a season since Arizona’s Scooby Wright in 2014.
  • Five games with multiple tackles for loss this season had at least 0.5 TFL in 11 of 13 games this season.
  • Led Pac-12 linebackers with 8.0 sacks in the regular season after having 8.5 sacks in his first three seasons combined.  Career-high 3.0 sacks in win over Arizona State.
  • Second straight season named first team All-Pac-12, a semifinalist for the 2021 Bednarik Award and a finalist for the 2021 Lott IMPACT trophy

Offensive Freshman Player of the Year, presented by Nextiva: Jayden de Laura, QB, Washington State

de Laura becomes the first Cougar to win this award after finishing the regular season atop the conference in passing yards (2,757) and pass TD (23).

  • Led the Cougars to their first Apple Cup win since 2012, completing an Apple Cup record 84.3% (27-32) of his passes for the fourth-best completion percentage in WSU single-game history.  Had 245 yards passing and another 31 on the ground as de Laura was named Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Week.
  • Multiple touchdown passes in eight games this season including a career-high four scores against Arizona.
  • Named Rose Bowl Game Pac-12 Player of the Week in win over Oregon State when he passed for career-high 399 yards with 3 passing touchdowns.

Honorable Mention: Tanner McKee, QB, Stanford; Byron Cardwell, RB, Oregon; Sataoa Laumea, OL, Utah; Jaxson Dart, QB, USC; Brenden Rice, WR, Colorado

Defensive Freshman Player of the Year, presented by Nextiva: Junior Tafuna, DT, Utah

Tafuna emerged as a force on at defensive tackle, starting the final 10 games of the season.  First Utah player to win this award.

  • Registered 4.5 sacks this season, second most among Pac-12 freshmen.
  • Named Pac-12 Defensive Line Player of the Week after Utah’s win over Oregon in Salt Lake City.
  • Had career-high nine tackles at Arizona, the most by a Utes defensive lineman since 2018.

Honorable Mention: Christian Gonzalez, CB, Colorado; Cole Bishop, S, Utah; Jeffrey Bassa, S, Oregon; Lu-Magia Hearns III, DB, California; Calen Bullock, DB, USC;

Coach of the Year: Kyle Whittingham, Utah

Whittingham takes home his second Pac-12 Coach of the Year award in the last three years after leading Utah to its first ever Pac-12 Championship.  He also won the award in 2019 and has been Utah’s only head coach since the school joined the conference.

  • Became Utah’s all-time wins leader, passing Ike Armstrong, in their Nov. 20 win over then No. 3 Oregon.  144-69 in his tenure with Utes.
  • Named one of the 13 finalists for the Eddie Robinson Award as national coach of the year.
  • 10 or more wins in a season for the sixth time in his career and his third Pac-12 South title in the last 4 years.
  • One of four active Pac-12 coaches to have won this award multiple times (David Shaw, Chip Kelly, Karl Dorrell).
  • Has won 19 of his last 22 conference games.
  • 11-3 all-time in bowl games including 2-0 in New Year’s Six bowls (2005 Fiesta, 2009 Sugar).


  First Team Offense   Second Team Offense
QB Cameron Rising, So., Utah QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson, Sr., UCLA
RB B.J. Baylor, R-Jr., Oregon State RB Zach Charbonnet, Jr., UCLA
RB Tavion Thomas, So., Utah RB Rachaad White, R-Sr., Arizona State
WR Drake London, Jr., USC WR Calvin Jackson Jr., Gr., Washington State
WR Kyle Philips, R-Jr., UCLA WR Travell Harris, R-Sr., Washington State
TE Greg Dulcich, R-Jr., UCLA TE Brant Kuithe, Jr., Utah
OL Abraham Lucas, R-Sr., Washington State OL Bamidele Olaseni, Sr., Utah
OL Nick Ford, Jr., Utah* OL Braeden Daniels, So., Utah
OL Sean Rhyan, Jr., UCLA OL Kellen Diesch, Gr., Arizona State
OL Nathan Eldridge, R-Sr., Oregon State* OL Alex Forsyth, Jr., Oregon
OL Jaxson Kirkland, Jr., Washington* OL Dohnovan West, Jr., Arizona State
OL T.J. Bass, Jr., Oregon    

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  First Team Defense   Second Team Defense
DL Kayvon Thibodeaux, So., Oregon* DL Kyon Barrs, So., Arizona
DL Mika Tafua, Jr., Utah DL Thomas Booker, Sr., Stanford
DL Tuli Tuipulotu, So., USC DL Mitchell Agude, Sr., UCLA
DL Brandon Dorlus, So., Oregon DL D.J. Davidson, Gr., Arizona State
DL Ron Stone Jr., R-Jr., Washington State    
DL Tyler Johnson, Gr., Arizona State    
LB Devin Lloyd, Jr., Utah* LB Darien Butler, Sr., Arizona State
LB Noah Sewell, Fr., Oregon LB Drake Jackson, Jr., USC
LB Avery Roberts, R-Jr., Oregon State* LB Nate Landman, Sr., Colorado
DB Trent McDuffie, So., Washington DB Clark Phillips, Fr., Utah
DB Verone McKinley III, So., Oregon DB Kyu Blu Kelly, Jr., Stanford
DB Kyler Gordon, So., Washington DB Quentin Lake, Sr., UCLA
DB Elijah Hicks, Sr., California DB Qwuantrezz Knight, R-Sr., UCLA


  First Team Specialists   Second Team Specialists
PK Dean Janikowski, R-So., Washington State PK Camden Lewis, So., Oregon
    PK Parker Lewis, So., USC
P Kyle Ostendorp, So., Arizona P Race Porter, Sr., Washington
RS Britain Covey, Jr., Utah** RS Kyle Philips, R-Jr., UCLA
AP/ST Stanley Berryhill III, R-Jr., Arizona AP/ST Jack Colletto, R-Jr., Oregon State

RS = Return Specialist

AP/ST = All-Purpose/Special Teams Player (not a kicker or returner)

(*) Two-time first team selection, (**) Three-time first team selection

No Tiebreaker: There was a tie for the fifth offensive lineman for first team, so that team is represented with six offensive linemen. There was a tie for the fourth defensive lineman for first team, so that team is represented with six defensive linemen. There was a tie for the second team kicker, so that team is represented with two kickers.


ARIZONA: WR Stanley Berryhill III, R-Jr.; K Lucas Havrisik, Sr.; DL Trevon Mason, Sr.; OL Josh McCauley, R-Sr.; LB Anthony Pandy, Sr.

ARIZONA STATE: OL LaDarius Henderson, Jr.; TE Curtis Hodges, Gr.; DB Jack Jones, Gr.; DB Chase Lucas, Gr.; WR RIcky Pearsall, Jr.; DB DeAndre Pierce, Gr.; LB Merlin Robertson, Sr.

CALIFORNIA: AP/ST Nick Alftin, R-Jr.; LB Marqez Bimage, Sr.; OL Matthew Cindric, R-Jr.; OL Ben Coleman, R-So.; QB Chase Garbers, R-Sr.; LB Cameron Goode, R-Sr.; DB Lu-Magia Hearns, III, Fr.; OL McKade Mettauer, Jr.; RS Nikko Remigio, Sr.; DL JH Tevis, R-Jr.

COLORADO: AP/ST Daniel Arias, Jr.; DB Mekhi Blackmon, Jr.; RB Jarek Broussard, So.; DB Christian Gonzalez, Fr.; OL Kary Kutsch, Sr.; DL Jalen Sami, So.; P Josh Watts, Jr.; LB Carson Wells, Jr.

OREGON: DL Popo Aumave, Jr.; QB Anthony Brown, Sr.; RB Travis Dye, Jr.; OL Ryan Walk, Jr.; DB Mykael Wright, So.

OREGON STATE: DB Alex Austin, R-Fr.; WR Trevon Bradford, R-Sr.; DB Jaydon Grant, R-Jr.; OL Joshua Gray, R-Fr.; K Everett Hayes, So.; OL Nous Keobounnam, R-Sr.; OL Brandon Kipper, R-Jr.; QB Chance Nolan, R-So.; DB Kitan Oladapo, R-So.; TE Teagan Quitoriano, Jr.; DL Keonte Schad, Sr.; LB Omar Speights, So.; DB Rejzohn Wright, Jr.

STANFORD: OL Branson Bragg, Jr.; QB Tanner McKee, So.; OL Drake Nugent, Jr.; TE Benjamin Yurosek, So.

UCLA: RB Brittain Brown, R-Sr.; OL Paul Grattan, Jr., R-Sr.

USC: P Ben Griffiths, R-Jr.; RB Keaontay Ingram, Sr.; LB Kana’i Mauga, Sr.; OL Brett Neilon, R-Sr.; DB Chris Steele, Jr.; OL Andrew Vorhees, R-Sr.

UTAH: S Cole Bishop, Fr.; DB Vonte Davis, Sr.; TE Dalton Kincaid, Sr.;  OL Sataoa Laumea, R-Fr.; LB Nephi Sewell, Jr.

WASHINGTON: WR Terrell Bynum, Jr.; DL Tuli Letuligasenoa, So.; RB Sean McGrew, Sr.; LB Jackson Sirmon, So.; OL Luke Wattenberg, Sr.

WASHINGTON STATE:  RB Max Borghi, Sr.; QB Jayden de Laura, So.; DB Daniel Isom, Gr.; DL Brennan Jackson, R-Jr.; DB Armani Marsh, R-Sr., WR De’Zhaun Stribling, Fr.; AP/ST Lincoln Victor, Jr.; DB Jaylen Watson, R-Sr.; LB Jahad Woods, Gr.

OL T.J. Bass – Pac-12 All-Conference First Team

  • Played the most snaps (856) of any Oregon offensive player.
  • Started the first six games at left guard and the final seven at left tackle.
  • 84.4 overall grade by Pro Football Focus, eighth-best among Pac-12 offensive linemen.
  • 89.8 run-blocking grade by PFF is fifth-best among Pac-12 O-linemen.
  • Allowed just two sacks and 13 QB pressures in 404 pass-blocking opportunities.
  • Helped UO rush for 203.23 yards per game, good for No. 24 in the nation.
  • Oregon rushed for 200-plus yards seven times, including two 300-yard games.

DL Brandon Dorlus – Pac-12 All-Conference First Team

  • Finished regular season with 23 tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks.
  • Third on the team in TFLs and fourth in sacks.
  • 79.5 overall grade by PFF, second-best among Pac-12 interior defensive linemen.
  • Led Pac-12 interior defensive linemen with an 83.0 pass-rushing grade by PFF.
  • 41 total QB pressures according to PFF, 17 more than any other Pac-12 interior D-lineman.
  • Seven games with a TFL, including two in Oregon’s win over Arizona.

S Verone McKinley III – Pac-12 All-Conference First Team

  • One of three finalists for the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation’s top defensive back.
  • Leads the nation with six interceptions this season.
  • Second on Oregon with 71 total tackles, third-most among Pac-12 defensive backs.
  • Leads the Ducks with six pass breakups.
  • Four interceptions in three games against Ohio State, Stony Brook, and Arizona.
  • Sealed Oregon’s win at then-No. 3 Ohio State with an interception.
  • Two interceptions vs. Stony Brook, his second career multi-pick game.
  • 11 career interceptions, one away from cracking the UO all-time top 10.
  • Six interceptions is one away from the UO single-season top 10.

LB Noah Sewell – Pac-12 All-Conference First Team

  • Tied for No. 2 in the Pac-12 with 106 tackles, 35 more than any other Duck.
  • First Duck with 100 tackles in a season since Troy Dye in 2018.
  • Six double-digit tackle performances, including a career-high 14 vs. Arizona.
  • Second among Ducks with 8.0 tackles for loss and four sacks.
  • 89.7 pass-rush grade by PFF, tied for 11th-best among FBS linebackers.
  • 32 total quarterback pressures according to PFF, tied for No. 5 among FBS linebackers.
  • Semifinalist for the Butkus Award, given to the nation’s top linebacker.
  • Two-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week.

DE Kayvon Thibodeaux – Pac-12 All-Conference First Team

  • First team all-conference for the second year in a row.
  • Finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Chuck Bednarik Award.
  • Tied for third in the Pac-12 with seven sacks and fourth with 12.0 tackles for loss.
  • 91.5 pass-rush grade by PFF, ninth-best among FBS edge defenders.
  • 48 total QB pressures according to PFF, second-most among Pac-12 defenders.
  • Multi-sack performances vs. both UCLA and Washington State.
  • Career-high 4.5 TFLs in win at UCLA, the most by a Duck since 2017.
  • Tied for seventh in Oregon history with 19.0 career sacks.
  • Two-time Pac-12 Defensive Player and Defensive Lineman of the Week.

OL Alex Forsyth – Pac-12 All-Conference Second Team

  • Started eight of 13 games at center, coming off the bench once and missing four games due to injury.
  • Allowed just two sacks and six QB pressures in 257 pass-blocking opportunities, according to PFF.
  • Helped UO rush for 203.23 yards per game, good for No. 24 in the nation.
  • Oregon rushed for 200-plus yards seven times, including two 300-yard games.
  • All-conference second team for the second season in a row.

K Camden Lewis – Pac-12 All-Conference Second Team

  • 12-of-15 on field goals while recording touchbacks on 35 of his 79 kickoff attempts.
  • Started the season 10-of-10 on field goals, the longest streak by a UO kicker since 2015.
  • 52-of-53 on extra-point attempts this season.
  • Made a career-long 49-yard field goal in Oregon’s win over California.

DL Popo Aumavae – Pac-12 All-Conference Honorable Mention

  • Finished the regular season with 36 tackles and three tackles for loss.
  • 81.3 overall grade by PFF, No. 1 among Pac-12 interior defensive linemen and No. 27 in the FBS.
  • 82.0 pass-rush grade by PFF, No. 2 among Pac-12 interior defensive linemen.

QB Anthony Brown – Pac-12 All-Conference Honorable Mention

  • Leads the Pac-12 with 3,320 total yards of offense this season.
  • 223-of-350 passing for 2,683 yards and 15 touchdowns with just six interceptions.
  • 142 rushes for 637 yards and nine TDs, tied for the most among Pac-12 quarterbacks.

RB Travis Dye – Pac-12 All-Conference Honorable Mention

  • No. 3 in the Pac-12 with 1,118 rushing yards, his first career 1,000-yard rushing season.
  • Second in the Pac-12 with 17 total touchdowns, and tied for second with 15 rushing TDs.
  • Also leads Oregon with 41 receptions for 374 yards and two touchdowns.
  • One of just four players in the FBS to lead his team in both rushing yards and receptions.

OL Ryan Walk – Pac-12 All-Conference Honorable Mention

  • Started the first four games at right guard and the next five at center before suffering an injury.
  • Allowed just one sack and 11 QB pressures in 268 pass-blocking opportunities according to PFF.
  • Semifinalist for the Burlsworth Award, given to the nation’s top player who began career as a walk-on.

CB Mykael Wright – Pac-12 All-Conference Honorable Mention

  • Third on the team with 65 tackles while adding three tackles for loss and an interception.
  • Career-high 10 tackles in Oregon’s historic win at then-No. 3 Ohio State.
  • 12 kickoff returns for 332 yards, including a long return of 56 yards.