Pac-12 Midseason Awards
Posted Oct 10, 2012

Bart Doan: The Pac-12 Midseason Awards, Thoughts & More

PAC-12 Midseason Awards

By Bart Doan
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Offensive Player of the Midseason
Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon

Defensive Player of the Midseason
Scott Crichton, DL, Oregon State

Ten Best Pac-12 Players At The Midseason

1.WR Marqise Lee, So. USC
2. RB Kenjon Barner, Jr. Oregon
3. WR Robert Woods, Jr. USC
4. RB Jonathan Franklin, Sr. UCLA
5. QB Matt Barkley, Sr. USC
6. LB Chase Thomas, Sr. Stanford
7. DL Scott Crichton, So. Oregon State
8. RB/WR De'Anthony Thomas, So. Oregon
9. DL Star Lotulelei, Sr. Utah
10. OL Hroniss Grasu, So. Oregon

2012 CFN Midseason All-Pac-12 Offense
QB - Marcus Mariota, Fr. Oregon
RB - Kenjon Barner, Sr. Oregon
RB - Jonathan Franklin, Sr. UCLA
WR - Marqise Lee, So. USC
WR - Markus Wheaton, Sr. Oregon State
TE - Zach Ertz, So. Stanford
OL – David Yankey, So. Stanford
OL –David Bakhtiari, Jr. Colorado
OL - Hroniss Grasu, So. Oregon
OL - Jeff Baca, Sr UCLA
OL - Kevin Graf, Jr. USC
PK – Andrew Furney, Jr. Washington State
KR - Marqise Lee, So. USC

2012 CFN Midseason All-Pac-12 Defense
DL - Scott Crichton, So. Oregon State
DL - Morgan Breslin, Jr. USC
DL – Will Sutton, Jr. Arizona State
DL - Star Lotulelei, Sr. Utah
LB - Anthony Barr, Jr. UCLA
LB - Jake Fischer, Jr. Arizona
LB - Chase Thomas, Sr. Stanford
DB - Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, So. Oregon
DB - Jordan Poyer, Sr. Oregon State
DB - Jared Tevis, So. Arizona
DB - Ed Reynolds, So. Stanford
P – Kyle Dugandzic, Sr. Arizona
PR –Keenan Allen, Jr. Cal

Three Biggest Surprises
1. Wild, unbeaten Beavers. Oregon State figured to be a solid team, but with a schedule that saw games against highly ranked Wisconsin (minus film, apparently) and then tests against should-be improved UCLA and Arizona, it was tough to see a 4-0 start. Wrong.
2. Marcus Mariota: Who knew they'd look BETTER losing their QB early to the NFL and bringing in a redshirt freshman?
3. Week 2. Conference flexed its muscle as possibly the deepest in the nation with three wins over ranked teams, all of which their teams came into the games unranked, plus an Arizona State pole axing of Illinois in a battle of BCS conference teams. In hindsight, that Washington 38 point loss to LSU looks dreadful though.

Three Biggest Disappointments
1. Sean Mannion/Jordan Wynn injuries. The jury is still out on how Oregon State handles it, which may be okay because Cody Vaz pushed Mannion in camp, but poor Utah came deflated when Wynn went down. Hate...I mean hate injuries.
2. Cal. Jeff Tedford. The Kirk Ferentz of the west coast. I can't begin to understand it.
3. USC losing early on. Again. In a road game. It seems like an annual rite of passage out west, strong Trojan teams finding ways to inexplicably be tripped up in games you think they should win. Lane Kiffin has carried that tradition over from the later versions of Pete Carroll.

The Pac-12 Champion Will Be ... Oregon over USC

Three Best Games of the First Half
1. Sept. 7 - UCLA 36 … Nebraska 30
2. Sept. 22- Colorado 35 … Washington State 34
3. Sept. 14 - Missouri 24 … Arizona State 20

Worst Game of the First Half
Aug. 30 - Arizona State 63 … Northern Arizona 6

Coach of the Midseason
Mike Riley, Oregon State

Three Best Performances So Far
1. Colorado QB Jordan Webb, in a game they had to have, scored with seconds left via ground capping off a 345 yard through the air, four total touchdown performance in a 35-34 road win over Washington State.
2. UCLA RB Jonathan Franklin scampered 26 times for 217 yards, plus added 59 through the air and a score as the Bruins stunned Nebraska in week two action.
3. Oregon defense vs Arizona, all of them. Arizona came in averaging 46 points, including 59 on then #18 Oklahoma State. They score twice and snared four turnovers. Arizona? They didn't score at all.

Top Freshman
QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon

3 Big Calls For The Second Half
1. Southern Cal will trip up Oregon when they meet the first week of November.
2. Cal will win its next four games and become bowl eligible, salvaging a rough start to the season.
3. The conference will place a team, and I'm saying Oregon right now, in the BCS Championship Game in January.

Best Remaining Conference Game
Nov. 3- Oregon at Southern Cal