The final conference awards of the year have been handed out and the Bruins have won a handful of honors.
UCLA football (8-4, 6-3 Pac-12) ranked second with nine representatives from All-Pac-12 teams according to conference coaches votes, behind Utah’s 10. Receiver Kyle Philips, tight end Greg Dulcich and left tackle Sean Rhyan made the All-Pac-12 first team, while quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson, running back Zach Charbonnet, rusher from edge Mitchell Agude, safety Quentin Lake and defensive back Qwuantrezz Knight made the second All-Pac-12 team.
Philips also made the second team as a return specialist.
The nine players who made all-conference teams are triple the production of the 2020 Bruins, when Thompson-Robinson and Dulcich made second and defensive lineman Osa Odighizuwa made first.
UCLA also had two honorable mentions in 2021 – running back Brittain Brown and left guard Paul Grattan.
In the preseason all-conference teams, only Philips was selected for the first team, while Dulcich and Rhyan were part of the second team. Thompson-Robinson, Brown, Knight, right tackle Alec Anderson, center Sam Marrazzo, defensive lineman Otito Ogbonnia, linebacker Caleb Johnson, safety back Stephan Blaylock and kicker Nicholas Barr-Mira were honorable mentions to the time.
But even with the high number of all-conference team members, no Bruin has won one of the Pac-12’s Individual Player of the Year awards.
USC wide receiver Drake London won the Pac-12 offensive player of the year despite just seven and a half games, thanks to his record pace of 1,084 yards and seven touchdowns on 88 catches. Utah linebacker Devin Lloyd won the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, Laura Washington State quarterback Jayden won the Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year , Utah Junior defensive tackle Tafuna won the Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year and Utah Coach Kyle Whittingham won Pac-12 Coach of the Year.
UCLA also didn’t appear to have any contenders for any of these awards, as they didn’t provide any honorable mentions for any of the freshman awards and the player of the year and the awards. Coach of the Year did not list honorable mentions.
Thompson-Robinson had a strong case for Offensive Player of the Year, leading the Pac-12 in setter rates, adjusted yards per attempt and total touchdowns while finishing second in total yards and third in winning percentage. by a quarterback. Thompson-Robinson had better stats than first-team quarterback Cameron Rising in almost every area, with a Rising 62.8% completion narrowly beating Thompson-Robinson’s 62.2% mark.
The Bruins’ flagman had one more interception than his Ute counterpart, but they had nearly identical hit-to-intercept ratios at 21-to-6 and 18-to-5, respectively.
UCLA is still ahead of Oregon and Arizona State in terms of all conference winners, but the nine – and both honorable mentions – could potentially leave Westwood this offseason.
Knight, Brown, and Grattan are not NCAA eligible and are guaranteed to leave the program. Thompson-Robinson, Philips, Dulcich, Charbonnet, Lake and Agude all have remaining eligibility, but each of them could realistically enter the NFL Draft instead of coming back.
Philips led the Pac-12 with 10 receiving touchdowns and also had the second most punt return yards. Dulcich placed first for yards and second for touchdowns among tight ends, Charbonnet was second for rushing yards, Agude had four forced fumbles, a conference high, Knight placed in the top 10 for loss tackles and Lake had the seventh most passes defended.
Ultimately, 2021 was a final hurray for many Bruins, and while they didn’t finish with the Pac-12 crown atop their heads, they still locked some serious material into what could be. their last seasons in blue and gold.
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