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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.

Shanahan showed patience with Beathard; Will now have to show more

Shanahan showed patience with Beathard; Will now have to show more

Kyle Shanahan is, self admittedly, not a patient person. As he watched quarterback C.J. Beathard run the scout team over the last couple of weeks -- how he visualized an unfamiliar play, went through his progressions and handled the defensive coverages -- the head coach saw rapid improvement every day. But he suppressed any urge to play the rookie before he was ready.

“I tried to wait for the right time for him and the right time for the team,” Shanahan explained.

Down 14-0 to Washington halfway through the second quarter with starter Brian Hoyer struggling, Shanahan knew Beathard’s time had come.

“I felt the team needed it right then,” Shanahan said. “It also made me more confident to do it because I thought he was ready for it, also.”

Moments after the game was over, Shanahan named Beathard the starter. Watching the game tape on the flight home only bolstered his decision.

“By no means was he perfect, missed a couple of things, but that always happens,” Shanahan said. “I thought he came in there, didn’t hesitate, competed. The moment was not too big for him. Made a few plays in rhythm, made a few off schedule plays and was a big reason we got back in that game.”

Beathard led the 49ers on two scoring drives and finished 19-of-36 with 245 passing yards, a touchdown and an interception, though it came on fourth-and-20 on his final pass attempt of the game. On his 45-yard touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson, Beathard extended the play when the fifth year receiver wasn’t where he expected him to be.

“He was supposed to go to the post for a certain coverage, and they had a busted coverage, so he just hung out there which is why C.J. didn’t see it right away,” Shanahan explained. “We had enough protection where he could take a couple more hitches. He drove the pocket and saw where Aldrick was, and he didn’t hesitate. Made that throw with that arm strength.”

Shanahan smirked at his not-so-subtle dig at those who questioned Beathard’s arm strength during the draft process. He sees a quarterback who can make all the throws, and make them from the pocket, and scramble when he needs to. All he needs now, Shanahan contends, is experience.

“It’s about playing in the game and reacting to defenses, reacting to coverages, reacting to adjustments. He’s going to see a lot of things he hasn’t seen before, and that will change each week. It will probably change each quarter.”

Helping Beathard continue to grow through those experiences will require patience, but in this situation, it’s the kind the head coach can handle.

“You’re never going to get a quick answer. You see over time, but he’s got the ability to do it. He’s got the mental toughness to do it. I think he will get better the more he plays.”

Kings look to get healthy with opener just days away

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Kings look to get healthy with opener just days away

SACRAMENTO - All hands on deck. The Sacramento Kings open the 2017-18 schedule Wednesday night against the Houston Rockets at Golden 1 Center and it looks like they might do so with a full arsenal of players at their disposal.

Point guard De’Aaron Fox returned to practice on Sunday and then participated in the team’s annual Fanfest. If his dance moves are any indication, the 19-year-old’s back is feeling just fine.

Veteran George Hill tweaked his groin Friday against the Golden State Warriors, leaving his availability for opening night in question. Hill, 31, who has a history of groin injuries, was on the court Monday practicing and said he is ready to play.

“Everything is feeling good right now,” Hill said Monday following practice.

The only player who didn’t practice on Monday is rookie Bogdan Bogdanovic, who sprained his right ankle against the Warriors. According to head coach Dave Joerger,  the team is hopeful that the Serbian sharpshooter will return in time for Game 1.

“We’re still shooting for Wednesday for both of them,” Joerger said of Hill and Bogdanovic.

New look Rockets

The Rockets went 55-27 last season under head coach Mike D’Antoni, but that didn’t stop them from going all in during the offseason. With MVP runner-up James Harden already manning the backcourt, Houston added nine-time All-Star Chris Paul as their new starting point guard.

“Leadership, he’s a floor general,” Hill said about Paul. “Anywhere he goes, he’ll make a team better. We know they were already a good team without him, coming in with him is going to be a bigger task.”

It’s a new look roster and the expectations are huge for the Rockets. Houston averaged 115.3 points per game last season and led the league in both 3-point attempts and makes. This season, they also added two strong perimeter defenders in P.J. Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute.

It’s a huge test coming out of the gate for Sacramento. Following the contest against the Rockets, the Kings hit the road for three straight before returning to Golden 1 next Thursday to face DeMarcus Cousins and the New Orleans Pelicans.


Camp notes

With the season just around the corner, the Sacramento Kings made their final roster cuts on Sunday afternoon. David Stockton, Matt Jones and Reggie Hearn were waived, leaving the Kings with 15 rostered players and two two-way players in Jack Cooley and JaKarr Sampson.

Stockton, Jones and Hearn are all expected to join the Reno Bighorns of the NBA’s G-League.