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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

November 27, 2006 at 11:04 AM

Pac-10 picks coming up

The Pac-10 Conference will release the all-conference football team this afternoon and we’ll have it up here as soon as it’s available, with some commentary to boot.
I’m not sure any Husky is going to be named to the first team, and if so, it would be the third straight year without an all-conference player for UW.
The last UW players named to the first team were Reggie Williams (as a receiver) and Charles Frederick (as a returner) in 2003.
Here are a few of my picks:
Coach of the Year: Mike Riley, Oregon State. Pete Carroll did a great job gettiing USC back in national title position after losing as much talent as any team may have in the history of the conference. But Riley deserves the kudos for picking the Beavers up off the mat from that early 0-2 conference start and leading them to six wins in their last seven games and a third-place finish. And it’s worth noting that the Beavers aren’t an overly senior-dominated team so they may not be going away anytime soon.
Offensive player of the year — Dwayne Jarrett, WR, USC. Injuries held his overall numbers down a bit, but when he was healthy, he was the most dominating player in the conference this year. Think it made a difference that he barely played against UW?
Defensive player of the year — Daymeion Hughes, CB, Cal. His eight interceptions, two returned for touchdowns, and 19 passes defended far exceed the numbers for anyone else at any other defensive spot.
First team quarterback — John David Booty. They kept ripping him on the telecast of the Notre Dame game, but Booty has the best numbers of any QB in the conference (22 TDs against six interceptions and a rating of 143.7 before the Notre Dame game). He may have the best set of receivers to throw to, but so did Matt Leinart the last few years. An interesting question is second-team. I’d give it to Matt Moore for what he did leading the Beavers to third place, though Nate Longshore’s numbers are better. And hopefully Isaiah Stanback will at least get honorable mention for the job he was doing before being injured.
As for the Huskies, I think Greyson Gunheim, Dashon Goldson, C.J. Wallace and Scott White will all get some consideration on defense and Sean Douglas for punter. Not sure anyone on offense will get serious consideration other than Stanback. All UW had last year was Joe Lobendahn on the second team and Wallace, Evan Benjamin and Douglas on honorable mention.

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