Utah’s Ty Jordan earns Pac-12 Offensive Freshman Player of the Year honors
In all, 12 Ute players earned All-Pac-12 recognition, including offensive lineman Nick Ford, linebacker Devin Lloyd placekicker Jadon Redding and return specialist Britain Covey the first team.
Utah’s football program was well-represented Tuesday when the Pac-12 announced its 2020 awards.
Leading the way was running back Ty Jordan, who was named Offensive Freshman of the Year. In all, the Utes earned 12 All-Pac-12 selections, including offensive lineman Nick Ford, linebacker Devin Lloyd placekicker Jadon Redding and return specialist Britain Covey voted to the first team.
Jordan, tight end Brant Kuithe and freshman offensive lineman Sataoa Laumea were selected to the second team. It marks the first time since Utah has had two freshmen appear on the first or second all-conference teams.
Defensive end Mika Tafua was also a second-team pick along while linebacker Nephi Sewell, cornerback JaTravis Broughton, Covey (as a wide receiver), and snapper Keegan Markgraf were given honorable mention selections.
Jordan is the first Utah player to earn conference freshman of the year honors since Jason Kaufusi accomplished the feat in 2000 in the Mountain West.
Jordan rushed for 597 yards and 723 all-purpose yards this season. He concluded the year with three straight 100-plus yard performances, including a career-high 167 yards against Oregon State. He ranks ninth in the FBS, and first among freshmen, in rushing yards per game (119.4) and is 11th in the FBS (first among freshmen) in rushing yards per carry (7.2)
In total, including both first and second team selections, USC had a league-high nine honorees, followed by Utah’s eight.
Other Pac-12 Awards included Colorado running back Jarek Broussard as Offensive Player of the Year; USC safety Talanoa Hufanga as Defensive Player of the Year; and Oregon linebacker Noah Sewell, an Orem High product, as Freshman Defensive Player of the Year.
Colorado’s Karl Dorrell was named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year.
Of note, Brighton High product Simi Fehoko, a Stanford receiver, was named to the first team, while teammate Houston Heimuli, a fullback from Bountiful High, received honorable mention.
2020 ALL-PAC-12 CONFERENCE FOOTBALL TEAM
First Team Offense
QB Kedon Slovis, So., USC
RB Jarek Broussard, So., Colorado
RB Jermar Jefferson, Jr., Oregon State
WR Simi Fehoko, Jr., Stanford
WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, Jr., USC
TE Cade Otton, Jr., Washington
OL Drew Dalman, Sr., Stanford
OL Nathan Eldridge, Sr., Oregon State
OL Nick Ford, Jr., Utah
OL Jaxson Kirkland, Jr., Washington
OL Alijah Vera-Tucker, Jr., USC
OL Dohnovan West, So., Arizona State
First Team Defense
DL Osa Odighizuwa, Sr., UCLA
DL Kayvon Thibodeaux, So., Oregon
DL Marlon Tuipulotu, Jr., USC
DL Zion Tupuola-Fetui, So., Washington
LB Nate Landman, Sr., Colorado (1)
LB Devin Lloyd, Jr., Utah
LB Avery Roberts, Jr., Oregon State
DB Camryn Bynum, Sr., California
DB Talanoa Hufanga, Jr., USC
DB Elijah Molden, Sr., Washington (1)
DB Mykael Wright, So., Oregon
First Team Specialists
PK Jadon Redding, So., Utah
P Michael Turk, Jr., Arizona State (1)
RS Britain Covey, Sr., Utah
ST Thomas Booker, Jr., Stanford
Second Team Offense
QB Sam Noyer, Sr., Colorado
QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson, Jr., UCLA
RB Demetric Felton, Sr., UCLA
RB Ty Jordan, Fr., Utah
WR Drake London, So., USC
WR Tyler Vaughns, Sr., USC
TE Greg Dulcich, So., UCLA
TE Brant Kuithe, Jr., Utah
OL Alex Forsyth, Jr., Oregon
OL Joshua Gray, Fr., Oregon State
OL Sataoa Laumea, Fr., Utah
OL Abe Lucas, Jr., Washington State
OL Will Sherman, Jr., Colorado
Second Team Defense
DL Thomas Booker, Jr., Stanford
DL Mustafa Johnson, Sr., Colorado
DL Tyler Johnson, Jr., Arizona State
DL Mika Tafua, Jr., Utah
LB Cameron Goode, Sr., California
LB Drake Jackson, So., USC
LB Edefuan Ulofoshio, So., Washington
DB Deommodore Lenoir, Sr., Oregon
DB Chase Lucas, Sr., Arizona State
DB Trent McDuffie, So., Washington
DB Chris Steele, So., USC
Second Team Specialists
PK Jet Toner, Sr., Stanford
P Oscar Draguicevich, Sr., Washington State
RS D.J. Taylor, Fr., Arizona
ST Jaylon Jackson, Jr., Colorado