Who is your Pac-12 Freshman Player Of The Year?
Avinash Kunnath, Pacific Takes & California Golden Blogs: Brett Hundley transformed UCLA from a team that squandered talent to a team that flourished with it. Hundley along with Franklin helped become the double threat backfield that won nine games and really made the Bruins a team worth fearing. There's a lot he has to develop, but he has a good shot at going into next year as a potential Heisman candidate who can lead the Bruins to a Pac-12 title shot.
Jack Follman, Pacific Takes: Marcus Mariota. I actually had to talk myself out of voting for him for Offensive Player of the Year. Mariota had the best numbers overall of any quarterback in the conference, AS A FRESHMAN and made first team All-Pac-12 which just does not happen. His speed and poise also took Oregon's offense to another level as I think he is the quarterback that the Ducks have always been dreaming about.
Ryan Rosenblatt, Bruins Nation: That there are three really good freshman quarterbacks in Marcus Mariota, Brett Hundley and Kevin Hogan (albeit he in just a few games) who put up Freshman POY worthy numbers is pretty amazing and exciting for the future of the conference, but only one can win and for me, it's Hundley. Call it bias if you will, but doing what Hundley did without great receivers and behind three freshmen offensive linemen in a new system is a tick better than being the best in a string of good Oregon quarterbacks.
Brad Denny, House of Sparky: I want to say Mariota, and would be right in doing so, but I have to give the nod to Brett Hundley. His play was absolutely dynamic, and he showed a poise that was beyond his years. I'm pretty sure he'll be adding a Heisman to his trophy case in the next few years.
Kevin Zimmerman, Arizona Desert Swarm: I'm going with Hundley. Mariota was excellent, but I can't overlook Hundley's production. He threw had 37 percent more attempts (did the math) and 900 more yards in the air. While he had Johnathan Franklin's help, I'd argue he had less to work with than Mariota as well.
Sean Reynolds, Block U: Brett Hundley. I've just been completely impressed with UCLA this year. But really, there are a few good options here.
Michael Preston, CougCenter: For me, it's a coin flip between Hundley and Mariota. But because Hundley burned Washington to play at UCLA....yeah, gotta go with the young man from Westwood.
Adam Butler, Pacific Takes & Pac Hoops: I have great respect for what Brett Hundley did. He led that Bruins team to a 9-4 record and an overachieving season. They surprised people and a lot of that starts with leadership under center. Hats of to Hundley. But Mariota walked in with National Championship expectations and was this close to living up to them. Handling expectations is another aspect to a season loaded onto your own, football-centric duties.
Scott Allen, Rule of Tree: Brett Hundley. I just can't justify giving it to Kevin Hogan after five starts. Marcus Mariota and Hundley were awesome for the entire season. Hundley had less to work with.