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Football: Mariota, Wright earn top Pac-12 honors

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright III, who will square off in Friday’s Pac-12 championship game at Levi’s Stadium, have been named the league’s offensive and defensive players of the year.

Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez was voted Coach of the Year by his peers.

Oregon running back Royce Freeman was named Freshman Offensive Player of the Year and USC defensive back Adoree Jackson took Freshman Defensive Player of the Year honors.

The All-Pac-12 team will be announced Tuesday night on the Pac-12 Networks’ weekly football highlight show at 8 p.m.

Mariota, frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy, threw for 3,470 yards with 36 touchdowns and just two interceptions for the second-ranked Ducks. He led Pac-12 quarterbacks with 636 rushing yards and scored 11 touchdowns on the ground.

He is a finalist for the Davey O’Brien Award and Maxwell Award and has led Oregon to victories over three top-25 teams.

Wright, who attended Cardinal Newman High in Santa Rosa, earned the Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year award after leading the Wildcats to their first Pac-12 South title.

He led the conference with six forced fumbles, is third nationally with 14 sacks and tops all Football Bowl Subdivision players with 27 tackles for loss.

He is a finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Rotary Lombardi Award.

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Football: Three Bears on All-Pac-12 Academic team

Senior center Chris Adcock and defensive backs Caleb Coleman and Griffin Piatt represent Cal on the Pac-12 All-Academic first team, announced Monday by the conference.

A three-time Pac-12 All-Academic first-team pick, Adcock has compiled a 3.54 grade-point average as a double major in business administration and interdisciplinary studies. He has earned his degree in the former and is on schedule to complete his work in the latter this month.

Coleman, a redshirt freshman cornerback with an undeclared major, has a 3.56 GPA. Piatt, who came to Cal as a walkon but has since earned a scholarship, is a junior with a 3.64 GPA as a business administration major.

Second-team Cal picks were senior offensive guard Alejandro Crosthwaite (3.14 GPA), junior defensive end Brennan Scarlett (3.14) and sophomore cornerback Cameron Walker (3.22).

Honorable mention picks were placekicker James Langford, defensive end Todd Barr, punter Cole Leininger, linebacker Hardy Nickerson and wide receiver Drake Whitehurst.

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Football: Cole Leininger on Ray Guy Award list

Cal junior Cole Leininger is among 80 players nominated for the 2014 Ray Guy Award, given to the nation’s top collegiate punter.

Leininger, among eight Pac-12 punters on the list, is sixth in the conference with a 42.1-yard average. Fourteen of his 37 punts have been downed inside the 20-yard line, and he has seven kicks of at least 50 yards.

The list will be trimmed to 10 semifinalists on Nov. 14, then to three finalists on Nov. 24. The award will be presented Dec. 11 during the Home Depot College Football Awards program on ESPN.

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Football: Trevor Davis honored by Pac-12

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Cal junior Trevor Davis has been voted Pac-12 special teams player of the week after his record-setting kickoff return performance at Washington State.

Davis, a transfer from Hawaii who prepped at Alhambra HS in Martinez, returned kickoffs 100 and 98 yards in the third quarter of the Bears; 60-59 win. He became the first Cal player to return two kickoffs for TDs in the same game and, in fact, tied the school record set by Deltha O’Neal for most career TDs on kickoffs.

Davis also caught a pair of touchdown passes, including a 51-yarder to give Cal the lead for good with 3:18 left.

WSU quarterback Connor Halliday, who set an FBS record with 734 passing yards, beat out Cal’s Jared Goff for offensive player of the week honors. Goff set a Cal record with 527 passing yards and also threw five touchdowns.

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Davis also was named the CBSSports.com Specialist of the Week, Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week and California Muscle-Milk Student-Athlete of the Week. He is also a nominee for the VEGAS SEVEN Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl Pac-12 Player of the Week to be determined by fan voting and announced Wednesday.

Goff was a co-recipient of the College Football Performance Awards National Performer of the Week award and also shared the CFPA’s Quarterback Performer of the Week, both for the second consecutive week.

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Football: Goff earns national honors

Cal quarterback Jared Goff, who threw seven touchdown passes in the 59-56 double-overtime win over Colorado, was chosen as the national offensive player of the week by both the Walter Camp Football Foundation and College Sports Madness.

A statistical correction has altered Goff’s final official stats for the game to 24 of 42 for a season-high 458 yards, which ranks as the third-highest total of his career and No. 4 overall on the all-time single-game Cal list.

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Football: Coprich honored on Good Works Team

Cal sophomore running back Jeffrey Coprich is one of 22 players nationwide selected to the Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team for dedication to community service.

The honor goes to 11 players from Football Bowl Subdivision teams and 11 from Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III and NAIA teams.

“It’s definitely an honor to be a part of the Good Works Team. I got the text this morning and I was excited. It was a good wakeup call, for sure,” Coprich said after practice Tuesday.

Coprich was honored after establishing the Essence K. Coprich Book Club, in honor of his late sister, at the elementary school she attended in their hometown of Watts.

Essence died at age 7 in a family car accident in 1996 when Jeffrey Coprich was 3 years old. Coprich was so badly injured, his father said in an interview last year, that he was not expected to survive.

Coprich wanted to create the book club to encourage inner-city youngsters to become more capable and enthusiastic readers, giving them a chance to pursue a future in college.

He worked with congresswoman Maxine Waters, the I Am Foundation and the Los Angeles Unified School District to secure a grant to purchase new books for the library at 116th Street Elementary in Watts.

“I want to continue to help out the young kids out there and let them know anything is possible,” Coprich said.

All 22 players will be invited to New Orleans to participate in a community project leading to the 2015 College Football Playoff semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

“The Saints are my favorite team so it’s going to be good to be in New Orleans for the first time,” Coprich said.

Coprich, who broke his foot during fall training camp, said he expects to resume practicing soon and hopes to be able to play in Cal’s game against Washington Oct. 11.

Fans can go to ESPN.com/Allstate to vote for the team captain of the 22-man unit.

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Football: Hanifan to be honored with Seaborg Award

Note: Been a busy week and I’m a couple days late with this. But it’s worth posting now:

Jim Hanifan, a former Cal All-American who led the nation in receiving in 1954 then went on to become an offensive line coaches in the NFL, has been chosen as the recipient of the 2014 Glenn T. Seaborg Award.

The award is named after the former University of California chancellor and 1951 Nobel Prize-winning scientist, and is presented annually to a former Cal football player for his career accomplishments who represents the honored Cal principles and traditions of excellence in academics, athletics, leadership and attitude.

Hanifan will be recognized for the honor during a ceremony during the Cal-Colorado football game on Sept. 27.

“Jim is a terrific example of a Golden Bear football player who has distinguished himself in his chosen profession at a very high level,” said Jack Hart, chair of the Seaborg Award Board of Directors.

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Softball: Former Cal star Valerie Arioto up for big award

Former Cal softball star Valerie Arioto was named a finalist for the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Sportswoman of the Year, it was announced Monday.

Arioto (2008-12) was selected in the team category for her achievements with Team USA over a one-year period that ended July 31.

Arioto, from Pleasanton, helped the U.S. squad to a silver-medal finish at the International Softball Federation’s World Championships in Haarlem, Netherland, batting .474 with five home runs, 14 RBIs and 12 runs scored.

Sportswoman of the Year award winners will be determined by a combination of public vote (50 percent) and the WSF’s Awards Committee’s vote (50 percent). The winners will be the two athletes – one individual sport finalist and one team sport finalist – who receive the highest combined share of a public vote and the Awards Committee vote.

Fans can visit  http://wspr.tc/VoteTeamSOY201 to cast their vote for the Sportswoman of the Year award through 11:59 p.m. ET on Sept. 8.

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Football: Harper, Leininger join watch lists

 Juniors Chris Harper and Cole Leininger were named to preseason watch lists Wednesday, with Harper earning a spot on the wide receivers list assembled by the College Football Performance Awards, Leininger for the Ray Guy Award, given to the nation’s top punter.

Harper is one of 42 wide receivers on the list with the winner of the award to be announced on January 14, 2015.

Harper has been Cal’s most productive receiver over the last two seasons and is the team’s active career leader in receptions (111), receiving yards (1,396), receiving touchdowns (7).

Last season, Harper caught 70 passes for 852 yards and five touchdowns.

Leininger is one of the Ray Guy Award’s 25 preseason candidates for the first time and is a member of the award’s watch list for the second consecutive year.

Leininger is coming off a 2013 sophomore campaign in which he increased his punting average by 3.0 yards per punt to a 42.9 mark for the eighth-best avearge in school history.

His 41.5 yards per punt career average ranks No. 10 on Cal’s all-time list.