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Bryce Love leads the way on AP All-Pac-12 team

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2017, file photo, Stanford 's Bryce Love (20) runs against Washington during the first half of an NCAA college football game, in Stanford, Calif. Love was selected to the AP All-Conference Pac-12 team announced Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

No surprise here: Stanford’s Bryce Love leads The Associated Press All-Pac-12 Conference football team.

Love was named the AP’s All-Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year by unanimous vote, and also earned first-team honors at running back. It was the latest of many honors this season for the junior, who is one of three finalists for the Heisman Trophy.

Love is averaging 164.4 yards a game, tops among Power 5 running backs. He’s averaging 8.3 yards per carry, has 17 touchdowns and set the FBS record with 12 runs of at least 50 yards this season. He ran for 1,973 total yards this season.

Among the other top AP honors: USC’s Clay Helton was named Coach of the Year, Washington State’s Hercules Mata’afa was named Defensive Player of the Year, and Arizona’s Khalil Tate was named Newcomer of the Year for his stunning breakout season. All four recipients were first-time winners.

USC quarterback Sam Darnold was named first-team quarterback, while crosstown rival Josh Rosen was named QB for the second team.

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