University of Oregon’s Kenjon Barner reaped yet another reward for returning to school for his senior season as he was named a first-team running back on the 2012 AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-America Team as announced Wednesday by the American Football Coaches Association.
The AFCA All-America Team has been selected every year since 1945 and is chosen by the nation’s collegiate coaches.
Senior linebacker Michael Clay, as well as redshirt freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota, were honored as the University of Oregon’s Most Outstanding Players at the school’s annual football awards reception Sunday afternoon in the Club at Autzen in Autzen Stadium.
In addition, senior Dion Jordan was voted the team’s Most Inspirational Player (Wilford Gonyea Award).
Recipients of both honors were determined in a vote by their Oregon teammates.
As Oregon Duck football fans woke up Sunday morning, most, if not all were left wondering what might have been after the Ducks crushed Oregon State 48-24 in the 116th Civil War.
What if, Alejandro Maldonado hits his overtime field goal last week against Stanford giving Oregon another opportunity to win the game.
Or, what if De’Anthony Thomas swivels his head to the left to make the block for teammate Marcus Mariota on his 77 yard run that would have allowed Mariota to reach the end zone.
After his first Civil War of his young Oregon career, redshirt freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota told reporters after Saturday’s game he enjoyed the experience and the rowdy nature of the crowd.
After last weeks disappointing loss to Stanford, Mariota returned to the field with a purpose and led the Ducks to a crushing 48-24 victory over Oregon State.
On the day, Mariota was 17 of 24 for 140 yards and 1 scoring strike to wide receiver B.J. Kelly.
In his post game press briefing, Mariota talked about his renewed focus after the Stanford loss, as well as the performance of his offensive line.
( Watch Marcus Mariota’s press conference by clicking the video box above )