UCLA defensive tackle Brian Price was named the Pacific 10 Conference's defensive player of the year Monday.
Price was so dominant that he received the honor despite the fact the 6-6 Bruins finished eighth in conference with a 3-6 record. Stanford running back Toby Gerhart, a Heisman Trophy finalist, was named the offensive player of the year and Oregon's Chip Kelly is the coach of the year.
Price, a junior who may declare for the NFL draft, led the conference with 22.5 tackles for a loss, which ranks him third nationally. Gerhart has 1,736 yards rushing, ranking him second nationally. He leads the nation with 26 touchdowns and 160 points. Kelly guided Oregon to the conference title after a season-opening loss to Boise State. The Ducks will play Ohio State in Rose Bowl on New Year's Day.
USC had four players named to the first team, including Damian Williams twice, as a wide receiver and punt returner. Offensive linemen Jeff Byers and Charles Brown and safety Taylor Mays were also first-team selections.