Brown, McKinley, Quessenberry named to AP’s All-Pac-12 first team

Linebacker Jayon Brown runs drills at practice in San Bernardino. Photo by Rachel Luna/San Bernardino Sun

Linebacker Jayon Brown runs drills at practice in San Bernardino. Photo by Rachel Luna/San Bernardino Sun

Linebacker Jayon Brown, defensive end Takkarist McKinley and center Scott Quessenberry added AP first-team All-Pac-12 selections to their postseason award hauls on Friday.

UCLA’s pair of defensive stars were unanimous first-team selections.

The trio of players also earned All-Pac-12 first team honors as voted by the conference’s coaches while Brown and McKinley were also first-team all-conference selections by Pro Football Focus and ESPN.com.

Tight end Nate Iese was named to AP’s All-Pac-12 second team. Iese, who was voted second team All-Pac-12 by the coaches, was third on the team with 25 receptions and 400 receiving yards for four touchdowns in his first year at tight end.

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Quessenberry, McKinley, Brown earn All-Pac-12 first team honors

UCLA linebacker Jayon Brown, seen tackling Utah tailback Joe Williams last season, leads the Pac-12 with 97 tackles. (George Frey/Getty Images)

UCLA linebacker Jayon Brown, seen tackling Utah tailback Joe Williams last season, leads the Pac-12 with 97 tackles. (George Frey/Getty Images)

Despite only winning four games this year, UCLA landed six total players on All-Pac-12 teams on Tuesday, led by three on the all-conference first team and two offensive lineman who blocked for the second-worst rushing offense in the country.

Offensive lineman Scott Quessenberry was UCLA’s only offensive first-team member while defensive end Takkarist McKinley and linebacker Jayon Brown led the Bruins on defense.

Quessenberry returned this season after two shoulder surgeries to start every game at center. McKinley led the Bruins with 18 tackles for loss and 10 sacks in his senior season. Brown led the conference in tackling (119) and became the first Bruin since Erik Kendricks in 2014 to reach the 100-tackle mark.

Left tackle Conor McDermott and tight end Nate Iese were named to All-Pac-12 second team offense and linebacker Kenny Young made the second team cut on defense.

Receiver Darren Andrews, safeties Randall Goforth and Jaleel Wadood, cornerback Fabian Moreau and defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes earned honorable mention honors.

The all-conference teams were selected by the Pac-12 head football coaches. Continue reading

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Video: Darren Andrews, Jayon Brown, Scott Quessenberry

Receiver Darren Andrews talks about facing USC this week, his long-time friendship with USC DB Chris Hawkins and what impressed him about Theo Howard‘s game last week.

Linebacker Jayon Brown talks about the glory to be had with a rivalry win, closing in on 100 tackles this season and what he tells the younger players about playing USC.

Center Scott Quessenberry talks about trash talking during rivalry week, improvement from the offense line and how his shoulder is doing.

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Video: Mike Fafaul, Jayon Brown, Scott Quessenberry

Quarterback Mike Fafaul talks about his performance against Utah, stepping into Josh Rosen‘s starting spot and his team-first mindset.

Linebacker Jayon Brown talks about what went wrong on defense, what the team appreciates about Takkarist McKinley and that awkward pylon delay.

Offensive lineman Scott Quessenberry talks about pass protection when UCLA passes 71 times in a game and the benefits of a bye week.

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Video: Adarius Pickett and Scott Quessenberry

Safety Adarius Pickett talks about why he struggled fielding punts against Arizona State, facing WSU’s Gabe Marks and River Cracraft and the secondary giving up the game-winning touchdown to WSU last year.

Center Scott Quessenberry talks about what he told Josh Rosen on Saturday night, how he thought the offensive line did in pass protection against Arizona State and the fork in the road that the Bruins face now.

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