Oregon coach Chip Kelly lost his starting quarterback during the spring but hasn't lost since.
There were questions about Oregon entering this season after Kelly dismissed Jeremiah Masoli. But Kelly chose sophomore Darron Thomas to lead the offense and the Ducks never slowed down. They went on to lead the nation in scoring, won their second consecutive Pac-10 championship and have a 12-0 record. Next, the Ducks will face Auburn for the BCS national championship.
All those accomplishments are more than enough reason for Kelly to be named coach of the year on the Rivals.com All-Pac-10 team.
Meanwhile, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, who passed for more than 3,000 yards and set a school record with 28 touchdown passes, is the conference's most valuable player.
The tackle machine that is Washington LB Mason Foster (he was second in the country with 151 total tackles) is our defensive MVP.
Stanford first-year defensive coordinator Vic Fangio is our top coordinator. Fangio, who previously had spent four seasons with the NFL's Baltimore Ravens, overhauled a Stanford defense that last season allowed more than 400 yards and 26 points per game. Under Fangio's direction, Stanford reduced its yardage allowed to 323.8 yards per game and points allowed to 17.43 per game.
USC wide receiver Robert Woods is our freshman of the year. Woods led the Trojans with 65 catches for 792 yards and six touchdowns. He also averaged 25.6 yards on 38 kickoff returns and took one back for a touchdown.
Particulars: 6-4/235, Jr.; Houston Stratford
Buzz: A Heisman finalist, Luck has set a school record with 28 touchdown passes and thrown for 3,051 yards to become only the fourth Stanford player to reach 3,000 yards in a season. He's also rushed for 438 yards in guiding the Cardinal to an 11-1 mark.
Particulars: 5-9/185, Soph.; Texarkana (Texas) Liberty-Eylau
Buzz: Also a Heisman finalist, James is one of the most explosive players in the country. He leads the nation with 1,682 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns, and averages 5.99 yards per carry. He has rushed for at least 91 yards in every game he has played and scored at least one touchdown in every game but one.
Particulars: 5-10/204, Jr.; Valencia (Calif.) High
Buzz: Despite getting little help from a struggling passing game, Vereen rushed for 1,167 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also caught 22 passes for 209 yards.
Particulars: 6-4/210, Jr.; Las Vegas Canyon Springs
Buzz: The Pac-10 leader with 73 receptions and 1,186 yards. He averaged 16.2 yards per catch and reeled in 10 touchdown passes. He had a catch that covered at least 41 yards in eight of the Wildcats' 12 games.
Particulars: 6-2/205, Jr.; Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes
Buzz: A legitimate deep threat, he caught 62 passes for 1,001 yards and 12 touchdowns. He averaged 16.1 yards per catch. He scored four touchdowns in a one-point win over Oregon State.
Particulars: 6-1/184, Sr.; Paradise (Calif.) High
Buzz: Sure-handed and productive, Maehl helped add an extra dimension to Oregon's explosive offense. He caught 68 passes for 943 yards and 12 touchdowns, including three against USC.
Particulars: 6-5/281, Sr.; Gresham (Ore.) Barlow
Buzz: Extremely versatile, Thran could - and did - move to different positions if injuries became a problem. He might be the top lineman for the nation's highest-scoring team.
Particulars: 6-5/310, Soph.; Bellevue (Wash.) High
Buzz: He's an excellent run blocker for a team that ranks 17th in the nation in rushing offense. He also excelled in pass protection for the Cardinal.
Particulars: 6-3/285, Sr.; Jenks (Okla.) High
Buzz: A stalwart along the Cardinal line, Beeler is strong, quick, smart and experienced. He anchored an offensive front that paved the way for a 1,000-yard rusher and a 3,000-yard passer. Stanford has allowed just five sacks this season.
Particulars: 6-1/305, Jr.; Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Buzz: Strong against the run, Casey has 67 tackles - an extremely high total for an interior linemen. He also is among the Pac-10 leaders with 11 tackles for loss.
Particulars: 6-4/283, Sr.; Chandler (Ariz.) High
Buzz: He's an active end who can provide a pass rush and also play strong against the run. He had 12.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, 62 tackles and three forced fumbles.
Particulars: 6-2/242, Sr.; Seaside (Calif.) High
Buzz: Foster is a hard-nosed playmaker who has made 151 tackles, second-most in the nation. He has had at least 10 tackles in 11 games and has 14 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and blocked a kick.
Particulars: 6-2/235, Sr.; Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
Buzz: He has 73 tackles to lead all Ducks defenders. In addition, he has three sacks, three interceptions and three fumble recoveries. His brother, Clay, is a star linebacker for the NFL's Green Bay Packers and a former Rivals.com second-team All-American at USC.
Particulars: 6-4/255, Jr.; Los Angeles Verbum Dei
Buzz: A big hitter, Ayers finished the season with 68 tackles, including 10 tackles for loss. He also had two interceptions, which he returned for 90 yards, broke up four passes and forced and recovered two fumbles.
Particulars: 5-10/195, Jr.; Ontario (Calif.) Colony
Buzz: He returned from an injury that shortened his '09 season and had an outstanding season, with three interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and seven pass breakups In addition, he made 52 tackles.
Particulars: 6-1/210, Soph.; Glendale (Ariz.) Mountain Ridge
Buzz: Locke led the Pac-10 and is No. 5 nationally with a 45.8-yard average on 64 attempts. He had 19 punts downed inside the 20, which has helped the Bruins rank second nationally in net punting.
Particulars: 5-11/180, Soph.; Fresno (Calif.) Edison
Buzz: The Ducks were in scoring position any time their defense forced a punt. Harris averaged 19.5 yards per punt return and took four back for touchdowns, two more than anyone else in the country.