Hawaii’s Jayden de Laura selected Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, Mika Tafua tabbed as first team all-conference

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Washington State quarterback Jayden de Laura (4) looks to pass against California in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021. (AP Photo/John Hefti)

Saint Louis graduate, Washington State quarterback Jayden de Laura was named the Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year, the conference announced Tuesday.

de Laura, led the conference with 2,742 passing yards and 23 passing touchdowns as the 2019 KHON2/Cover2 Hawaii High School Offensive Player of the Year led WSU to seven victories including an Apple Cup win over arch-rival Washington.

The Cougars finished the regular season 7-5 and will face Miami in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31.

Also honored on Tuesday was Kamehameha graduate, Utah defensive lineman Mika Tafua. The junior was tabbed as a first team all-conference selection after recording 9.5 sacks, 13.5 tackles for loss this season. Tafua helped guide the Utes to a conference championship and will face Ohio State in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day.

2021 ALL-PAC-12 CONFERENCE FOOTBALL TEAM

 First Team Offense Second Team Offense
QBCameron Rising, So., UtahQBDorian Thompson-Robinson, Sr., UCLA
RBB.J. Baylor, R-Jr., Oregon StateRBZach Charbonnet, Jr., UCLA
RBTavion Thomas, So., UtahRBRachaad White, R-Sr., Arizona State
WRDrake London, Jr., USCWRCalvin Jackson Jr., Gr., Washington State
WRKyle Philips, R-Jr., UCLAWRTravell Harris, R-Sr., Washington State
TEGreg Dulcich, R-Jr., UCLATEBrant Kuithe, Jr., Utah
OLAbraham Lucas, R-Sr., Washington StateOLBamidele Olaseni, Sr., Utah
OLNick Ford, Jr., Utah*OLBraeden Daniels, So., Utah
OLSean Rhyan, Jr., UCLAOLKellen Diesch, Gr., Arizona State
OLNathan Eldridge, R-Sr., Oregon State*OLAlex Forsyth, Jr., Oregon
OLJaxson Kirkland, Jr., Washington*OLDohnovan West, Jr., Arizona State
OLT.J. Bass, Jr., Oregon  
 First Team Defense Second Team Defense
DLKayvon Thibodeaux, So., Oregon*DLKyon Barrs, So., Arizona
DLMika Tafua, Jr., UtahDLThomas Booker, Sr., Stanford
DLTuli Tuipulotu, So., USCDLMitchell Agude, Sr., UCLA
DLBrandon Dorlus, So., OregonDLD.J. Davidson, Gr., Arizona State
DLRon Stone Jr., R-Jr., Washington State  
DLTyler Johnson, Gr., Arizona State  
LBDevin Lloyd, Jr., Utah*LBDarien Butler, Sr., Arizona State
LBNoah Sewell, Fr., OregonLBDrake Jackson, Jr., USC
LBAvery Roberts, R-Jr., Oregon State*LBNate Landman, Sr., Colorado
DBTrent McDuffie, So., WashingtonDBClark Phillips, Fr., Utah
DBVerone McKinley III, So., OregonDBKyu Blu Kelly, Jr., Stanford
DBKyler Gordon, So., WashingtonDBQuentin Lake, Sr., UCLA
DBElijah Hicks, Sr., CaliforniaDBQwuantrezz Knight, R-Sr., UCLA
 First Team Specialists Second Team Specialists
PKDean Janikowski, R-So., Washington StatePKCamden Lewis, So., Oregon
  PKParker Lewis, So., USC
PKyle Ostendorp, So., ArizonaPRace Porter, Sr., Washington
RSBritain Covey, Jr., Utah**RSKyle Philips, R-Jr., UCLA
AP/STStanley Berryhill III, R-Jr., ArizonaAP/STJack Colletto, R-Jr., Oregon State

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