The Pac-12 released All-Conference Honors today, without a single Bruin winning a major conference award:
Offensive Player of the Year: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year: Scooby Wright, LB, Arizona
Freshman Offensive Player of the Year: Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon
Freshman Defensive Player of the Year: Adoree’ Jackson, DB, USC
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Taylor Kelly, QB, Arizona State
Coach of the Year: Rich Rodriguez, Arizona
No real surprises there, although Scooby Wright isn't even being recognized as one of the best LB's in the country, as he isn't a finalist for the Butkus Award.
You know who is a finalist for that award? Eric Kendricks, who was NOT NAMED to the Pac-12 first team! Eric Kendricks, UCLA's all time leader in tackles, and Pac-12's co-leader in tackles in this season. An absolute snub to only be on the second team, considering Shaq Thompson of UW spends half of his team on offense.
Kendricks isn't sweating it:
Some people are upset that I made second team PAC12. Please don't be upset! I've been the underdog my entire life. I just love playing.— Eric Kendricks (@EKLA6) December 3, 2014
The coaches in the Pac-12 vote for All-Conference honors, so they probably spent all their time watching Myles Jack and ignoring Kendricks. Even worse, this is not the first time this has happened to Kendricks:
Not the first time Eric Kendricks has been snubbed. Got All-Pac-12 honorable mention twice before, including when he led league in tackles.— Jack Wang (@thejackwang) December 3, 2014
However, an even WORSE snub is of Paul Perkins, who led the Pac-12 in rushing this year, as he was not named to either the first or second team, only an honorable mention. What the hell are the coaches of the Pac-12 doing? The are four RB spots on the first and second team, and Paul Perkins isn't one of the four best RBs in the Pac-12?
And as Wang points out, the Conference itself is a walking contradiction, based on how they choose their basketball All-Conference teams versus their football teams:
Don't get why All-Pac-12 football teams stubbornly stick to four DLs, three LBs ... yet basketball happily trots out a TEN-man first team.— Jack Wang (@thejackwang) December 3, 2014
UCLA has one representative on the first team - Ishmael Adams... on defense. Not special teams. The Pac-12 Coaches seriously have something stuck up their... non-sunshine-places. They've never named Kendricks to an All-Conference team in his UCLA career, which is ridiculous considering he led the conference in tackles in 2012. Perhaps naming Thompson to the first team is payback for naming Myles Jack to the freshman offensive and defensive POY last year. Maybe they should have others voting, and not the coaches assistant, which is probably the case in the Coaches Poll.
On the Second Team, Brett Hundley and Jake Brendel are the representatives for the offense, with Kenny Clark, Owamagbe Odigihizuwa, Myles Jack, Kendricks, Anthony Jefferson and Fabian Moreau for the defense. Six players on defense on the second team is impressive.
And our Honorable Mentions:
OL Caleb Benenoch, So.; TE Thomas Duarte, So.; AP/ST Ryan Hofmeister, Sr.; WR Jordan Payton, Jr.; RB Paul Perkins, So.; OL Alex Redmond, So.; OL Scott Quessenberry, So.; Eddie Vanderdoes, So.; Jaleel Wadood, Fr.
An absolute crime for Perkins to only be an honorable mention.
Congratulations to the Bruins that were recognized for the efforts this season.