All-Pac-12 Football Team Announced
Six UCLA players were named to the All-Pac-12 Conference first and second teams as selected by the Pac-12 head football coaches and announced by the conference office on Tuesday.
Three Bruins were named to the first team – Defensive Lineman Takkarist McKinley, Linebacker Jayon Brown and Center Scott Quessenberry. There was also a trio of Bruins selected to the second team – Offensive Tackle Conor McDermott, Tight End Nate Iese and Linebacker Kenny Young.
McKinley ranked among the national leaders this season in tackles for loss and in sacks. He led the Bruins in TFLs with 18.0, which rates 11th on the all-time school single season list, and in sacks, with 10.0, which ties for 12th on the school season list. McKinley ended the regular season ranked second in the conference in both sacks (0.91) and TFLs (1.64) per game average. He was also among the nation's leaders in forced fumbles this season with three. The senior capped off his Bruin career with a personal best of 11 tackles last Saturday at Cal.
Brown, a senior, has ranked at or near the top of the Pac-12 tackles list all season long. He finished the year with 119 tackles, tied for the 16th-most in school single season history, and ended the regular season first in the league with a 9.9 tackles per game average. Brown became the first Bruin to hit the century mark in tackles since linebacker Eric Kendricks totaled 149 stops in the 2014 season. He also was listed among the top 16 in the Pac-12 in interceptions (T-8th with 3) and passes defended (T16th).
Quessenberry, a redshirt junior and veteran performer on the O-line, started all 12 games at center for the Bruins this season. He has started 31 career games along the offensive front, 13 at center and 18 at a guard position.
McDermott, a redshirt senior, was selected to the second-team for the second straight season. He was listed on the 2016 Lombardi and Outland Trophy watch lists and has made 32 career starts.
Iese, a redshirt senior, recorded a career-best 25 catches this season for 400 yards and four touchdowns. He ranked third on the team in receptions and tied for second in touchdowns scored after shifting to tight end from fullback.
Young, a junior, ranked second on the team with 90 tackles and finished the regular season ranked fifth in the Pac-12 in tackles per game average (7.5). He was tied for 11th in the Pac-12 in sacks per game (0.42) and tied for fourth in fumbles recovered (3).
Earning honorable mention this season were WR Darren Andrews, DB Randall Goforth, DB Fabian Moreau, DL Eddie Vanderdoes, DB Jaleel Wadood.