Talk about versatility. Today, UCLA’s Myles Jack was named both Pac-12 Defensive and Offensive Freshman Player of the Year — becoming the first to take both since the awards were introduced in 2008.
The linebacker/running back earned a starting spot on defense by the Bruins’ second game, and finished the season tied for fourth on the team with 70 tackles. His 10 pass breakups ranked second in the Pac-12, and first nationally among linebackers.
Pressed into action on offense after a slew of tailbacks went down with injury, Jack debuted with a six-carry, 120-yard performance at Arizona. He followed that performance with a four-touchdown showing against Washington.
Over the Bruins’ final four regular season games, the 6-foot-1, 225-pound freshman rushed for 267 yards and seven touchdowns on 37 carries.
UCLA also had all-conference first-teamers in linebacker Anthony Barr — beat out by Arizona State’s Will Sutton for Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year — and offensive lineman Xavier Su’a-Filo. Jack was named to the second-team defense, while junior Ryan Hofmeister earned a second-team special teams mention.
The Bruins’ honorable mentions: C Jake Brendel, So.; ST Jayon Brown, Fr.; P Sean Covington, Fr.; TE Thomas Duarte, Fr.; WR Shaq Evans, Sr.; WR Devin Fuller, So.; DB Randall Goforth, So.; QB Brett Hundley, So.; DB Anthony Jefferson, Jr.; LB Eric Kendricks, Jr.; DL Cassius Marsh, Sr.; DL Ellis McCarthy, So.; DB Fabian Moreau, So.; OL Alex Redmond, Fr.; DL Eddie Vanderdoes, Fr.; LB Jordan Zumwalt, Sr.
You can see the full awards here.