Kenny Clark leads UCLA with All-Pac-12 first team selection

UCLA nose tackle Kenny Clark (97) was the Bruins' lone representative on the All-Pac-12 first team. He also caught at touchdown pass in UCLA's season-opening 34-16 win against Virginia. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

UCLA nose tackle Kenny Clark (97) was the Bruins’ lone representative on the All-Pac-12 first team. He also caught at touchdown pass in UCLA’s season-opening 34-16 win against Virginia. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

Through most of the season, nose tackle Kenny Clark looked like UCLA’s best player. Pac-12 coaches agreed.

When the All-Pac-12 teams were announced Tuesday, Clark was the Bruins’ sole first-team representative on offense, defense, or special teams. The 6-foot-3, 310-pound junior was second on the team with seven tackles for loss, showed off his development as a pass rusher by notching his first five career sacks.

UCLA placed several more players on the second team. On offense, running back Paul Perkins, center Jake Brendel and left tackle Conor McDermott all earned spots. Linebacker Deon Hollins and defensive backs Randall Goforth and Jaleel Wadood filled in for the defense.

Receiver Jordan Payton, linebacker Aaron Wallace, and cornerback Marcus Rios were honorable mentions.

Perhaps the most eyebrow-raising part of the all-conference selections was Ka’imi Fairbairn settling for being a second-team specialist. The kicker became the Pac-12’s all-time leading scorer this season, hit a school-record 60-yard field goal, and is one of three finalists for the Lou Groza Award. Throw in his respectable 20 of 23 conversion rate on field goals, and he seemed like a shoe-in on the first team.

Instead, Pac-12 coaches voted for Aidan Schneider. The Oregon sophomore was slightly more accurate at 20 of 22, but hadn’t attempted a field goal longer than 41 yards. Fairbairn’s three misses have come from 47, 49 and 50 yards.

See the full All-Pac-12 teams below:

First Team Offense
QB Luke Falk, So., Washington State
AND Jared Goff, Jr., California
RB Royce Freeman, So., Oregon
RB Christian McCaffrey, So., Stanford
WR Kenny Lawler, Jr., California
WR Gabe Marks, Jr., Washington State
WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, So., USC
TE Austin Hooper, Jr., Stanford
OL Zach Banner, Jr., USC
OL Joe Dahl, Sr., Washington State
OL Joshua Garnett, Sr., Stanford
OL Tyler Johnstone, Sr, Oregon
OL Kyle Murphy, Sr., Stanford

First Team Defense
DL DeForest Buckner, Sr., Oregon
DL Kenny Clark, Jr., UCLA
DL Lowell Lotulelei, So., Utah
DL Aziz Shittu, Sr., Stanford
DL Antwaun Woods, Sr., USC
LB Su’a Cravens, Jr., USC (2)
LB Blake Martinez, Sr., Stanford
LB Gionni Paul, Sr., Utah
DB Budda Baker, So., Washington
DB Adoree’ Jackson, So., USC
DB Sidney Jones, So., Washington
DB Marcus Williams, So., Utah

First Team Specialists
PK Aidan Schneider, So., Oregon
P Tom Hackett, Sr., Utah (3)
RS Christian McCaffrey, So., Stanford
AP/ST Charles Nelson, So., Oregon

Second Team Offense
QB Kevin Hogan, Sr., Stanford
RB Devontae Booker, Sr., Utah
RB Paul Perkins, Jr., UCLA
WR Bralon Addison, Jr.. Oregon
WR Darren Carrington, So., Oregon
WR Nelson Spruce, Sr., Colorado
TE Thomas Duarte, Jr., UCLA
OL Jake Brendel, Sr., UCLA
OL J.J. Dielman, Jr., Utah
OL Conor McDermott, Jr., UCLA
OL Christian Westerman, Sr., Arizona State
OL Chad Wheeler, Jr., USC

Second Team Defense
DL Darryl Paulo, Sr., Washington State
DL Delvon Simmons, Sr., USC
DL Taniela Tupou, Sr., Washington
DL Destiny Vaeao, Sr., Washington State
LB Travis Feeney, Sr., Washington
LB Deon Hollins, Jr., UCLA
LB Jared Norris, Sr., Utah
DB Chidobe Awuzie, Jr., Colorado
DB Randall Goforth, Jr., UCLA
DB Ronnie Harris, Sr., Stanford
DB Jaleel Wadood, So., UCLA

Second Team Specialists
PK Ka’imi Fairbairn, Sr., UCLA
P Drew Riggleman, Sr., Arizona
RS Adoree’ Jackson, So., USC
AP/ST Soma Vainuku, Sr., USC

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  • PKbruin

    Ka’imi Fairbairn was robbed. Has a 42, 53, and a 60 yarder while the other kids longest was 41. Goforth was not that good. Duarte was deserving and so was Wadood. Looking at this list, only makes me think of Myles Jack, Fab Moreau, and Eddie Vanderdoes, all would have been 1st teamers.

    • 88 Straight

      Yes. Fairbairn was robbed. He also does a great job on kickoffs .

    • Laker Rod

      Wadood was probably kept off because of the highlight play against Stanford where Wadood didn’t turn around and the Stanford receiver caught the ball on Wadood’s back.

  • 88 Straight

    I know one poster here that doesn’t think Kenny Clark is all that good. I guess the coaches have a different opinion.

    And both Goforth and Wadood on the 2nd team but no Ishmael Adams, supposedly our best DB. I realize that the other guys are safeties, but that is still a DB the last time I checked. Interesting.

    • LTEfan

      Adams lost his starting job to Rios even before the Uber incident. Goforth is a better player, also played corner when injuries created the need. And maybe the voters watched Adams get burned for the game ending TD against WSU.

      • 88 Straight

        I am well aware. Laker Rod still denies that Rios beat out Adams, no matter how many times it has been reported by the various sources. Most of us did see Adams get burned by WSU on the final play as well as fielding a punt inside the 5 yard line. Some put their heads in the sand!

  • EncinitasBruin

    Bruins got hosed. Hooper being picked over Duarte? Hooper had 29 receptions for 406 yards and 6 TDS, compared to Duarte with 49 catches, 820 yards, and 10 TDs. Please. Also, Banner over Brendel? The Oregon kid over Fairbairn? If EV, MJ and FM were healthy, UCLA would have had 4-5 on the first team.

    • Just Owns

      If I had a choose reason for the ripoff, it would be because of the M&M bust/flop at the mausoleum. Thanks a bunch Jimbo.

    • Jack Wang

      Duarte doesn’t really block, and Stanford’s the one offense in the conference that uses traditional tight ends. Hooper’s a Mackey Award finalist.

    • Laker Rod

      For a team that went 5-4 in conference…really difficult to claim the Bruins got hosed. They need to play better and win more games.

      What did Rosen win? Probably some “Freshman” award. I guess not bad for being ranked 9th in QB rating in the Pac-12.

  • 88 Straight

    This is how deep your head is in the sand. In 2014, Adams was the starting CB. In 2015, Rios beat him out for the CB position where he had been previously starting. Adams then moved to nickel. So yes, Rios beat him out. Very simple to see and was reported by several sources and backed up on the field.

    Then you said that Adams was UCLA’s best DB. Well, there were 3 DBs that earned honors from the conference. Adams wasn’t one of them. Try sticking to the facts. I know it is hard when you are wrong, so you try to change the subject. It doesn’t work for you.

    And as far as Rosen. He is Better than Barkley and he is far better than Neuheisel, who was your preferred guy. Actually, your preferred QB was anyone other than Rosen. Such an expert!

    Good luck finding a girl. I can see it hasn’t happened yet as your mind is still in its teenage phase.

    • Laker Rod

      This is how deep your head is in the sand.

      Ish Adams was injured in the spring and fall of 2015 even prior to being suspended. Look it up. You won’t respond to this portion and you know it because you never have.

      Rios didn’t beat him out. Ish Adams in 2014 was 1st team all Pac-12.

      Had Rios played well at CB and even earn some honors better than “honorablemention” that would be different. So again…WRONG!

      No defensive back has made big plays like Ish Adams and you know it. He
      has at least 3 interception return for TD’s. This is more than Wadood,
      Goforth, and Rios combined! You can’t deal with it and you know it.

      And as far as honors this year…Adams missed the 1st 3 games due to
      suspension and he was injured near the latter half also. The
      conference isn’t going to give any awards like this. Wake up.

      And nickel back is a starting spot if you play a 3-3-5 defense which is
      what UCLA did all season long after Ish Adams came back and was healthy. Look it up. We already went over all this and you have no
      answer for it.

      And who cares about Rosen being better than
      Barkley. Their teams both finished 5-4 in conference. I kept telling you before the season even started all USC did with Barkley as a true frosh was go 5-4 and finish in 5th place. Their worst finish since Carroll’s first year. Mora also has his worst finish also. LOL!! I TOLD YOU!

      Back to the girl deal again. LOL!!! Proven yet again you got CLOBBERED.

      • 88 Straight

        The injury excuse! Weak. Adams got beat out by a better corner. Accept it. You simply can’t admit it, Loser Rod. There is only one thing you never seem to lose. Your virginity!

        • Laker Rod

          Lame. Ish was hurt and you know it. Weak comeback as usual. YOU ARE ALWAYS WRONG.

          If UCLA plays a 3-4 then why did UCLA go with 5 DB’s in all the games after Ish came back with the exception of Utah since he got hurt. Go to the UCLA official website and look up the player participation.

          And back with your dumb lame remarks about girls/virginity. You seem to have an obsession about it. You are one sick old man. Try to stick to football. You move away from the topic of football because it’s proven how uneducated you are about the sport.

          • 88 Straight

            Ish Adams got beat out by Rios. They competed for the same position. Riis won. Adams moved to nickel as a result. Then he got suspended. It’s obvious to all but the virgin troll.

          • Laker Rod

            You forgot the part where Ish was injured before the season even began. UCLA went with 5 DB’s every game Ish was back and was healthy. You were proven wrong yet again claiming UCLA played a 3-4.

            As a result…you resort back to your virgin type comments. You’re one sick dude.

          • 88 Straight

            He got beat out in the Spring, virgin troll. Everyone knows it, but you.