Stanford's Luck named Pac-10 Player of Year

Stanford's Luck named Pac-10 Player of Year

Dec. 7, 2010

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- Quarterback Andrew Luck of STANFORD has been selected Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year, tackle Steven Paea of OREGON STATE the Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year and Chip Kelly of OREGON the Pac-10 Coach of the Year. In addition, wide receiver Robert Woods of USC and defensive tackle Junior Onyeali of ARIZONA STATE have been named Pac-10 Offensive and Defensive Freshmen of the Year. The award winners are selected by the Pac-10 head football coaches.

Offensive Player of the Year Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford:
Luck, a sophomore from Houston, Texas, led a Stanford team that finished the season with an 11-1 record, the most wins in school history, and will participate in a BCS bowl game for the first time since 2000. The All-America quarterback leads the Pac-10 and ranks seventh in the nation with a 166.1 passing efficiency rating. Luck this season completed 245 passes in 349 attempts for 3,051 yards, just the fourth 3,000-yard season in school history, and a school record 28 touchdowns against just seven interceptions. He also rushed for 438 yards (8.6 yards per carry), establishing a single-season best mark by a Stanford quarterback. Under Lucks leadership, the Cardinal averaged 40.3 points per game, scoring 30 or more points in 11 of 12 games, and averaged 467.3 yards in total offense.

Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State:
Paea, a senior from Los Altos, Calif., anchored a Beaver defense that ranks fourth in the Pac-10 and 24th in the nation in sacks with 2.5 per game. He leads the team with six sacks and 10.0 tackles for loss. Last season he was co-recipient of the Morris Trophy presented to the Pac-10s top defensive lineman as voted on by the leagues offensive lineman. Paea has amassed 129 tackles for his career, including 29.5 tackles for loss and 14.0 sacks, and has established a school record with nine forced fumbles.

Offensive Freshman of the Year Robert Woods, WR, USC:
Woods, a true freshman from Carson, Calif., was among the league leaders in receptions (644.9 per game) and receiving yards (78660.5 per game), while hauling in six touchdown receptions. However, it was his school record-breaking kickoff returns marks that earned him !rst-team All-Conference kickoff returner. He returned 38 kicks for 971 yards (25.6 yard average) - both school records - and one touchdown. He ranks second in the Pac- 10, and 27th nationally, with 139.8 all-purpose yards.

Defensive Freshman of the Year Junior Onyeali, DE, Arizona State:
Onyeali, a true freshman from Denver, Colo., was key to a Sun Devil defense that was second in the league and 17th in the nation in rushing defense (120.2 yards per game). He led the Sun Devils and all Pac-10 freshmen with 6.5 sacks for a loss of 61 yards. Of his 18 stops this season, 11.5 were for loss. Arizona State claims back-to-back honors as LB Vontaze Bur!ct was honored last season as the Pac-10 Defensive Freshman of
the Year.

Coach of the Year Chip Kelly, Oregon:
Kelly has guided Oregon to back-to-back Pac-10 titles. While the Ducks have won back-to-back titles in 2000 and 2001, this is the !rst time doing so outright as they tied for the 2000 title. In addition, Oregon became the 12th Pac-10 team to have gone undefeated and untied en route to the Conference championship. The 12-0 perfect regular season are the most wins by an Oregon team, and the nine league wins is a !rst for any league team in Pac-10 history.

While the high-powered Ducks lead the nation in scoring offense (49.3 ppg) and are second in total offense (537.5 yards per game), the defense leads in the league in rushing defense (117.6) and are second in scoring defense (18.4 ppg). Kelly becomes just the fourth coach to earn Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors in back-to-back years (Larry Smith, USC 1987-88; Don James, Washington 1990-91; Pete Carroll, USC 2005-06).

In addition to individual awards, the Pac-10 coaches selected the 2010 All-Pac-10 Football Team that follows.

NOTES ON THE 2010 ALL-PAC-10 FOOTBALL TEAM
Selection Procedures: The All-Pac-10 Team is selected by the Pac-10 head football coaches.
By School: OREGON and STANFORD placed the most players on the !rst team with seven selections each, followed by CALIFORNIA and USC with three each.
By Class: Of the 28 !rst-team selections, 13 are seniors, 11 are juniors, three are sophomores and one freshman.
Unanimous: Four players were named on the !rst-team ballot of all 10 head coaches--QB Andrew Luck and WR Juron Criner of Arizona, DB Omar Bolden of Arizona State, and PR Cliff Harris of Oregon.
Three-time Selection: RB Jacquizz Rodgers of Oregon State is a three-time selection, the first ever for an Oregon State player.
Two-time Selections: Three players are repeat !rst-team selections from last year--DT Stephen Paea of Oregon State, DB Rahim Moore of UCLA, P Bryan Anger of California.
All-Academic: Four players were named to the !rst team on both the All-Pac-10 Team and the Pac-10 All-Academic Football Team--RB LaMichael James and TE David Paulson of Oregon, and OL Chase Beeler and RB Owen Marecic of Stanford. In addition, P Jeff Locke of UCLA was named first-team All-Academic and second-team All-Pac-10.

Courtesy Pacific-10 Conference media services.

Penn's only sack allowed last season got Carr hurt; 'That play sticks with me'

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Penn's only sack allowed last season got Carr hurt; 'That play sticks with me'

Donald Penn was nothing short of awesome last season. The veteran Raiders left tackle proved impenetrable, allowing just one sack and 27 quarterback pressures in 676 pass-blocking snaps.

He ranked high among the NFL’s best left tackles at 33, engulfed a career renaissance that began after joining the Raiders three years ago. Penn made the Pro Bowl. He was a vital piece of a 12-4 team that helped the Raiders reach the playoffs.

He hasn’t reveled much in that. Penn’s driven by opportunities missed, and one mishap that haunts him still.

Penn locked horns with Indianapolis linebacker Trent Cole off the left edge during a Week 16 contest against the Colts, and slipped as he was tracking his man away from the pocket. Penn’s feet got tangled and the big man fell. Cole remained upright, darted in and sacked quarterback Derek Carr.

It was Penn’s only sack allowed all season. And Carr got hurt. He suffered a broken fibula that ended his season and realistic hopes of a Raiders playoff run.

Nearly five months have passed since that fluke play. Carr is healthy and a full participant in the Raiders offseason program. The Raiders offensive line might be better after allowing a league-low 18 sacks last season.

There’s plenty to be excited about as the Raiders enter OTAs and a mandatory minicamp. Penn can’t help but lament that isolated incident when Carr went down.

“You have to be an athlete. You try not to think about it too much,” Penn said Tuesday. “You wish you could go back and get it back. I’ve taken that same set I don’t know how many times, on the same field and never just slipped out of nowhere. I’m not going to put it on myself. I should have been able to do something better. You know me, I’m never going to blame the slip for happening. I should have blocked him and held on to him and taken him down with me. That play sticks with me.”

That isn’t all bad. It fuels Penn to continue growing as a player, even at 34 coming off an excellent Pro Bowl season.

“I’m going to try to do what I can do better and make sure it never happens again,” Penn said. “I’ve never gotten a quarterback hurt in my life since I’ve been playing. That was a first. That’s something I take pride in. I’m going to try my hardest to make sure that doesn’t happen again.”

Penn wants a different ending to this season. Last year the Raiders lost the AFC West crown and a shot to win the team’s first playoff game. Penn suffered a knee injury the following week that kept him from playing in the postseason.

The goal is to realize vast potential now that the Raiders offense is back healthy again.

“I’m all about karma and stuff like that,” Penn said. “Maybe (God is) trying to tell us that this is our year. We have to put in the work to get it. I know D.C. is happy, I’m dang sure happy to get him back. We’re growing and masterminding this offense trying to make it as explosive as possible.”

Mariners designate former Giants pitcher for assignment

Mariners designate former Giants pitcher for assignment

CHICAGO -- Chris Heston was hopeful a move to a new organization could give his career a jolt. It hasn't worked out that way.

The former Giant was designated for assignment on Wednesday by the Mariners, who earlier acquired an outfielder from the Astros and needed the roster spot. Heston was traded to Seattle at the winter meetings for a player to be named later. The Giants have not yet picked that player off a list the teams agreed to.

Heston had a 3.95 ERA as a starter for the Giants in 2015 and threw a no-hitter at Citi Field, but he had trouble transitioning to relief the next season and dealt with an injury in Triple-A. Needing a roster spot in December, the Giants traded him.

Heston started Sunday for Seattle and gave up six earned runs in three innings. He allowed five earned in two innings in his previous appearance.