Broussard, Jefferson headline AP All-Pac-12 football team

Colorado’s Jarek Broussard ran for 301 yards in one game and averaged more than six yards per carry. Oregon State’s Jermar Jefferson averaged more than 145 yards per game and scored seven touchdowns.

The two dynamic running backs may not have been able to play a full season due to the coronavirus pandemic, but certainly made the most of their limited touches.

Broussard and Jefferson were voted co-offensive players of the year by a media panel in The Associated Press All-Pac-12 team released Friday.


Southern California safety Talanoa Hufanga was named defensive player of the year, Colorado’s Karl Dorrell was coach of the year and Utah freshman running back Ty Jordan was newcomer of the year.

Broussard missed his entire freshman season in 2019 due to a knee injury, but was clearly healthy for the truncated 2020 season. The sophomore from Dallas was named Pac-12 offensive player of the week three times and finished the regular season with 813 yards and three touchdowns.

Broussard had the fourth 300-yard game in Colorado history when he went for 301 yards against Arizona on Dec. 5.

Jefferson had a breakout freshman season in 2018, rushing for 1,380, ninth nationally. After being limited to 685 yards rushing last season, he had 858 yards and seven TDs in six game this year.

Hufanga, a junior, led the Pac-12 with four interceptions and had 62 tackles to lead all defensive backs. He was the first USC player with interceptions in four straight games since 1996 and had 17 tackles, a forced fumble and an interception against rival UCLA on Dec. 12.


Dorrell had an immediate impact his first season in Boulder, leading a team picked to finish fifth in the Pac-12 South to within a game of reaching the conference title game. Colorado finished 4-1 for its first winning season since 2016 and its first 3-0 conference start since 2002.

Dorrell was a unanimous selection as coach of the year.

Jordan made a seamless transition to the college game, rushing for 597 yards and six touchdowns rushing in five games. He added 11 catches for 126 yards and was second among FBS freshmen with 144.6 all-purpose yards per game. His 7.1 yards per carry was 11th nationally.