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Crosby, Schooler earn honors

December 6, 2017 GMT

Oregon left tackle Tyrell Crosby earned first-team all-Pac-12 honors on Tuesday along with sophomore Brenden Schooler, who was honored for his work on special teams.

Later Tuesday, Crosby earned the Morris Trophy as the Pac-12’s top offensive lineman, an award voted on by the conference’s defensive linemen. Washington’s Vita Vea was named defensive lineman of the year.

Crosby is the seventh Oregon player to win the award and the first since DeForest Buckner in 2015.

Crosby missed almost all of last season with a foot injury, but returned for his senior season after deciding against an early entry into the NFL draft. The 6-foot-5, 320-pounder has not allowed a sack all season.

Crosby earned all-conference honors for the first time. He also has been selected to play in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 27.

“He’s accepted a role as a leader on this football team,” Oregon offensive line coach Mario Cristobal said recently. “He’s played unbelievably well. He’s been a really physical football player. Once his career is over at the collegiate level, those guys in the NFL they pay a lot of money.

“But they pay a lot of money for guys who are workers, grinders that are tough ... That’s a huge opportunity and he’s going to shine.”

Schooler switched from safety to wide receiver this season and earned first-team honors for his work on Oregon’s coverage units.

Senior running back Royce Freeman, junior defensive lineman Jalen Jelks and sophomore linebacker Troy Dye were second team.

Freeman has run for 1,475 yards and 16 TDs this season to set the school career record with 5,621 yards and the conference record with 60 rushing touchdowns.

“Blocking for Royce was a blast,” Crosby said. “Whenever he gets a big run or a touchdown or any of that you just feel proud for him, just seeing how hard he has worked. It’s cool.”

Dye ranked second in the conference with 103 tackles, and his 13?1/2 tackles for loss were tied for fourth.

Jelks was fifth on the Ducks with 50 tackles with 15 tackles for loss that ranked third in the conference. He tied for ninth with 6?1/2 sacks.

Oregon defensive backs Ugochukwu Amadi and Arrion Springs each earned honorable mention.

Springs had a team-high 17 pass breakups and made 38 tackles. Amadi switched from cornerback to safety in the middle of the season and tied for the team lead with three interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Tight end Jacob Breeland, who had 17 catches for 311 yards and a team-high five touchdowns, also received honorable mention along with center Jake Hanson and tackle Calvin Throckmorton.