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Oregon’s Bo Nix, UCLA’s Laiatu Latu headline AP All-Pac-12 honors

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Oregon quarterback Bo Nix looks to pass against Washington during the first half of the Pac-12 championship NCAA college football game Friday, Dec. 1, 2023, in Las Vegas.
Oregon quarterback Bo Nix looks to pass against Washington during the first half of the Pac-12 championship NCAA college football game Friday, Dec. 1, 2023, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker) Photo Gallery

Oregon quarterback Bo Nix is The Associated Press Pac-12 offensive player of the year and UCLA’s Laiatu Latu is the defensive player of the year.

Washington’s Kalen DeBoer earned Pac-12 coach of the year honors and Colorado quarterback Shedeur Sanders is the newcomer of the year in the team released Thursday.

Nix has had a stellar two-year run since transferring from Auburn, capped by earning a spot in New York as a Heisman Trophy finalist.

Nix led the nation with 40 touchdown passes and a completion percentage of 77.2%, slightly below the major college football record. He was second nationally with 318.8 yards passing per game and threw for 4,145 yards to become the second Oregon quarterback to throw for more than 4,000 yards in a season, joining Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota, who threw for 4,454 yards in 2014.

Nix had No. 8 Oregon within reach of a possible College Football Playoff spot, but the Ducks lost to Washington for the second time this season in the Pac-12 championship.

Latu led the nation in tackles for loss per game at 1.8 and was fourth in sacks at 1.08 per game, with 13 total. The 6-foot-5, 265-pound senior also had 10 quarterback hits and was third on UCLA’s defense with 49 tackles despite being the focus for opposing offenses.

DeBoer has quickly returned No. 2 Washington to prominence since taking over the job two years ago, leading the Huskies to the Alamo Bowl last year and a spot in the CFP this year. Washington finished first nationally in passing yards behind Michael Penix Jr., averaging 343.8 per game, and will face No. 3 Texas in the Sugar Bowl in the national semifinals.

Sanders had a stellar first season after transferring from Jackson State.

Coach Deion Sanders’ son led Colorado to three eye-opening wins to start the season and continued to produce after Buffaloes fell off. Sanders threw for 3,230 yards and 27 touchdowns with three interceptions while completing 69% of his passes.

The 2023 Associated Press All-Pac-12 Conference team, as selected by a panel of seven sports writers who regularly cover the league. Players at all positions are listed alphabetically with name, school, height, weight, class and hometown; “u-” denotes unanimous selections:

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

u-WR — Rome Odunze, Washington, 6-3, 215, Jr, Las Vegas

WR — Troy Franklin, Oregon, 6-3, 187, Jr, East Palo Alto, California

T — Taliese Fuaga, Oregon St, 6-6, 330, Jr, Tacoma, Washington

T — Jordan Morgan, Arizona, 6-5, 325, Sr, Marana, Arizona

G — Steven Jones, Oregon, 6-5, 340, Sr, Temecula, California

G — Tanner Miller, Oregon St, 6-1, 287, Jr, Valencia, California

u-C — Jackson Powers-Johnson, Oregon, 6-3, 320, Jr, Draper, Utah

TE — Jack Velling, Oregon St, 6-4, 241, Jr, Seattle

QB – Bo Nix, Oregon, 6-2, 217, Sr, Pinson, Alabama

RB – Jayden Ott, California, 6-0, 200, So, Chino, California

RB — Damien Martinez, Oregon St, 6-0, 232, So, Lewisville, Texas

PK — Joshua Karty, Stanford, 6-2, 208, Sr, Burlington, North Carolina

All-Purpose — Travis Hunter, Colorado, 6-1, 185, So, Suwanee, Georgia

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

u-DE — Laiatu Latu, UCLA, 6-5, 265, Sr, Sacramento, California

DE — Brandon Dorlus, Oregon, 6-3, 290, Sr, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

DT — Jonah Elliss, Utah, 6-2, 246, Jr, Moscow, Idaho

DT — Gabriel Murphy, UCLA, 6-3, 260, Jr, Dallas

LB — Edefuan Ulofoshio, Washington, 6-1, 236, Sr, Anchorage

LB — Easton Mascarenas-Arnold, Oregon St, 5-11, 228, Jr, Mission Viejo, California

LB — Jacob Manu, Arizona, 5-11, 225, So, Santa Ana, California

CB — Jabbar Muhammad, Washington, 5-10, 183, Jr, DeSoto, Texas

CB — Khyree Jackson, Oregon, 6-3, 195, Sr, Upper Marlboro, Maryland

S — Calen Bullock, USC, 6-3, 190, Jr, Pasadena, California

S — Kitan Oladapo, Oregon St, 6-1, 217, Sr, Happy Valley, Oregon

P — Jack Bouwmeester, Utah, 6-2, 202, So, Bendigo, Australia

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

WR — Tetairoa McMillan, Arizona, 6-5, 210, So, Waimanalo, Hawaii

WR — Tez Johnson, Oregon, 5-10, 160, Jr, Pinson, Alabama

T — Troy Fautanu, Washington, 6-4, 317, Jr, Henderson, Nevada

T — Jonah Monheim, USC, 6-5, 300, Jr, Moorpark, California

G — Parker Brailsford, Washington, 6-2, 275, Fr, Mesa, Arizona

G — Wendell Moe, Arizona, 6-2, 340, Fr, Long Beach, California

C — Jake Levengood, Oregon St, 6-4, 294, Sr, Vacaville, California

TE — Tanner McLachlan, Arizona, 6-5, 235, Sr, Lethbridge, British Columbia

QB — Michael Penix Jr., Washington, 6-3, 213, Sr, Tampa, Florida

RB — Dillon Johnson, Washington, 6-0, 218, Jr, Greenville, Mississippi

RB — Bucky Irving, Oregon, 5-10, 195, Jr, Chicago

PK — Atticus Sappington, Oregon St, 5-10, 188, So, Portland, Oregon

All-Purpose — Zachariah Branch, USC, 5-10, 175, Fr, Las Vegas

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

DE — Bralen Trice, Washington, 6-4, 274, Jr, Phoenix

DE — Brennan Jackson, Washington St, 6-4, 264, Sr, Temecula, California

DT — B.J. Green II, Arizona State, 6-1, 270, Jr, Atlanta

DT — Tuli Letuligasenoa, Washington, 6-1, 292, Sr, Concord, California

LB — Darius Muasau, UCLA, 6-1, 230, Sr, Ewa Beach, Hawaii

LB — Jeffrey Bassa, Oregon, 6-2, 230, Jr, Salt Lake City

LB — Kaleb Elarms-Orr, California, 6-2, 230. So, Hayward, California

CB — Travis Hunter, Colorado, 6-1, 185, So, Suwanee, Georgia

CB – Tacario Davis, Arizona, 6-4, 195, So, Long Beach, California

S — Sione Vaki, Utah, 6-0, 208, So, Antioch, California

S — Shilo Sanders, Colorado, 6-0, 195, Sr, Canton, Texas

P — Mark Vassett, Colorado, 6-4, 225, Jr, Melbourne, Australia

Offensive Player of the Year — Bo Nix, Oregon

Defensive Player of the Year — Laiatu Latu, UCLA

Coach of the Year — Kalen DeBoer, Washington

Newcomer of the Year — Shedeur Sanders, Colorado

ALL-PAC-12 VOTING PANEL

Michelle Gardner, Arizona Republic; Michael Lev, Arizona Daily Star; Brian Howell, Bouler Daily Camera; Mike Vorel, Seattle Times; James Crepea, The Oregonian; Mark Whicker, Southern California News Group; Josh Furlong, KSL.com Sports.

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