UCLA junior defensive tackle Brian Price was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year today, selected by the conference coaches.
Price had a monster season for the Bruins, demanding double- and sometimes triple-teams. They did not work. Price had 43 tackles, a conference-leading 22.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks. His 22.5 TFL ranks No. 2 in UCLA history and No. 1 among defensive linemen.
He was more than just stats, though, constantly harrassing the quarterback and forcing poor throws, several of which were picked off by sophomore safety Rahim Moore, who joins Price on the Pac-10 first team.
Price was also named a first-team American Football Coaches Association All-American after finishing the regular season tied for third in tackles for loss.
In addition to Price and Moore, senior linebacker Reggie Carter, senior cornerback Alterraun Verner and junior kicker Kai Forbath were all-conference first-team selections.
Redshirt freshman punter Jeff Locke and senior kickoff returner Terrence Austin were named to the second team, while sophomore linebacker Akeem Ayers, senior linebacker Kyle Bosworth, sophomore wide receiver Nelson Rosario and freshman offensive tackle Xavier Su’a-Filo were honorable-mention picks.