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USC’s Drake London named AP Pac-12 offensive player of the year

USC wide receiver Drake London runs with the ball against Utah in October.
(Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)

With everything Utah endured — and accomplished — this season, it’s no surprise coach Kyle Whittingham was named the Associated Press Pac-12 Conference coach of the year for 2021.

Offensive player of the year honors went to USC wide receiver Drake London. and UCLA’s Zach Charbonnet, who came to the Bruins from Michigan, was named newcomer of the year.

Utah is going to the Rose Bowl for the first time after defeating Oregon for the Pac-12 championship in a game the Utes reached after righting themselves following a rocky start on the field.

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Despite missing a month of the season, USC receiver Drake London is named the Pac-12 Conference offensive player of the year in football.

Utah opened the season 1-2, losing its third game to San Diego State. The Utes won their next game, the conference opener against Washington State, then tragedy struck: Defensive back Aaron Lowe was shot and killed at a party in Salt Lake City.

The team rallied, winning all but one of its remaining regular-season games, including a 38-7 victory at home over then-No. 3 Oregon on Nov. 20 that derailed the Ducks’ hopes for a playoff berth. They beat the Ducks again on Dec. 3 in the title game in Las Vegas.

Utah linebacker Devin Lloyd was recognized as the Pac-12 defensive player of the year.

The 2021 AP All-Pac-12 team, as selected by a panel of 14 sportswriters and sportscasters who regularly cover the league, with name, school, height, weight, class and hometown. (“u-” denotes unanimous selection):

FIRST TEAM

Offense

QB — Dorian Thompson-Robinson, UCLA, 6-1, 205, Sr., Las Vegas.

RB — B.J. Baylor, Oregon State, 5-11, 205, RS-Jr., Wharton, Texas.

RB — Tavion Thomas, Utah, 6-2, 221, So., Dayton, Ohio.

T — Braeden Daniels, Utah, 6-4, 300, So., Carrollton, Texas.

T — Abraham Lucas, Washington State, 6-7, 319, RS-Sr., Everett, Wash.

G — Andrew Vorhees, USC, 6-6, 320, RS-Sr., Kingsburg, Calif.

G — Nous Keobounnam, Oregon State, 6-2, 292, RS-Sr., Portland, Ore.

C — Nick Ford, Utah, 6-5, 317, Jr., San Pedro.

TE — Greg Dulcich, UCLA, 6-4, 250, RS Jr., Glendale.

WR — Drake London, USC, 6-5, 210, Jr., Moorpark.

WR — Calvin Jackson Jr., Washington State, 5-10, 194, Sr., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

K — (tie) Parker Lewis USC, 6-3, 205, So., Phoenix; Dean Janikowski, Washington State, 6-1, 211, RS-So., Fallbrook, Calif.

All Purpose — Britain Covey, Utah, 5-8, 170, Jr., Provo, Utah.

Defense

DE — Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon, 6-5, 258, So., Los Angeles.

DE — Mika Tafua, Utah, 6-3, 250, Jr., Laie, Hawaii.

DT — Brandon Dorlus, Oregon, 6-3, 284, So., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

DT — Popo Aumavae, Oregon, 6-5, 305, Jr., Stockton.

LB — u-Devin Lloyd, Utah, 6-3, 235, Jr., Chula Vista, Calif.

LB — Noah Sewell, Oregon, 6-3, 251, Fr., Malaeimi, American Samoa.

LB —Nephi Sewell, Utah, 6-0, 228, Jr., Malaeimi, American Samoa.

CB — Trent McDuffie, Washington, 5-11, 195., Jr., Westminster.

CB —Kylor Gordon, Washington, 6-0, 200, Jr., Mukilteo, Wash.

S — Verone McKinley III, Oregon, 5-11, 194, So., Carrollton, Texas.

S — Elijah Hicks, California, 5-11, 200, Sr., Long Beach.

P — Kyle Ostendorp, Arizona, 6-1, 215, So., Phoenix.

Pac-12 offensive player of the year — Drake London, USC.

Pac-12 defensive player of the year — Devin Lloyd, Utah.

Pac-12 coach of the year — u-Kyle Whittingham, Utah.

Pac-12 newcomer of the year — Zach Charbonnet, UCLA.

SECOND TEAM

Offense

QB — Cameron Rising, Utah, 6-2, 220, So., Ventura.

RB —Travis Dye, Oregon, 5-10, 190, Jr., Norco.

RB — Raachad White, Arizona State, 6-2, 210, RS-Sr., Kansas City.

OT — Sean Rhyan, UCLA, 6-5, 320, Jr., Ladera Ranch.

OT — Kellen Diesch, Arizona State, 6-7, 300, Sr., Trophy Club, Texas.

OG — Paul Garttan Jr., UCLA, 6-4, 300, RS-Sr., Pittsburgh.

OG —Sataoa Laumea, Utah, 6-4, 304, RS-Fr. , Rialto.

C — Nathan Eldridge, Oregon State, 6-4, 297, RS-Sr., Anthem, Ariz.

TE — Brant Kuithe, Utah, 6-2, 230, Jr., Katy, Texas.

WR — Kyle Philips, UCLA, 5-11, 191, RS Jr., San Marcos, Calif.

WR —Travell Harris, Washington State, 5-9, 185, RS-Sr., Tampa, Fla.

All Purpose — Kyle Philips, UCLA.

K — Camden Lewis, Oregon, 5-11, 208, So., Charlotte, N.C.

Defense

DE —Drake Jackson, USC, 6-4, 250, Jr., Corona.

DE — Ron Stone Jr., Washington State, 6-3, 240, RS-Jr., San Jose.

DT — D.J. Davidson, Arizona State, 6-5, 325, Sr., Mesa, Ariz.

DT — Junior Tafuna, Utah, 6-3, 290, Fr., Taylorsville, Utah

LB — Nate Landman, Colorado, 6-3, 235, Sr., Danville, Calif.

LB — Avery Roberts, Oregon State, 6-1, 234, RS-Jr., Wilmington, Del.

LB — Cameron Goode, California, 6-4, 240, RS-Sr., Spring, Texas.

CB — Clark Phillips III, Utah, 510, 185, Fr., Lakewood, Calif.

CB — Jay Shaw, UCLA, 5-11, 190, Sr., Corona.

S — Quentin Lake, UCLA, 6-1, 205, Sr., Irvine.

S — Vontae Davis, Utah, 6-0, 195, Sr., Rosenberg, Texas.

P — Race Porter, Washington, 6-3, 190, Sr., Seattle.


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