UW linebacker Foster named to Pac-10 first team

  • Tue Dec 7th, 2010 5:15pm
  • Sports

By Scott M. Johnson Herald Writer

SEATTLE — For much of the 2010 football season, University of Washington linebacker Mason Foster seemed to be everywhere.

Now he’s turned up on the All-Pac-10 football squad.

The senior from Seaside, Calif., was the lone Husky named to the first team, which was announced Tuesday.

Teammates Chris Polk, Jermaine Kearse and Nate Williams were named to the second team, while quarterback Jake Locker, linebacker Victor Aiyewa and defensive tackle Alameda Ta’amu received honorable mention.

Foster led the Pac-10 and was second in the nation with 151 total tackles. He had double-digit tackles in all but the Cal game.

Just as impressive was Polk’s honor in a conference filled with quality runners. The sophomore from Redlands, Calif., finished second in the Pac-10 in rushing yards, with 1,238. He ran for 284 in Saturday’s Apple Cup win over Washington State.

Kearse, a wide receiver, has 62 receptions, the sixth-highest single-season total in UW history, for 1,001 yards. Aiyewa led the conference in tackles for loss, averaging 1.5 per game.

As expected, Oregon and Stanford dominated the All-Pac-10 first team, with 14 combined players among the 28 selected. Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck was named the conference’s offensive player of the year, while Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea earned honors as defensive player of the year.

The coach-of-the-year award went to Oregon’s Chip Kelly¸ whose unbeaten Ducks face Auburn for the national championship next month.

USC receiver Robert Woods was picked as the top freshman offensive player and Arizona State defensive end Junior Onyeali was named the top freshman defender.

For the complete first and second teams, see the Scoreboard on Page C6.

Items from The Associated Press were included in this report.