Kyle Whittingham, Devin Lloyd, Junior Tafuna Earn Pac-12 Postseason Awards

Dec 7, 2021, 1:35 PM
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Pac-12 Commissioner George Kliavkoff stands next to MVP linebacker Devin Lloyd #0 and wide receiver Britain Covey #18 of the Utah Utes as they celebrate the team's 38-10 victory over the Oregon Ducks to win the Pac-12 Conference championship game at Allegiant Stadium on December 3, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – The University of Utah is well represented in the Pac-12 Player and Coach of the Year honors that were announced on Tuesday afternoon.

The Pac-12 announced the winners of their five individual awards and three individuals from Utah football were honored. Kyle Whittingham is the Pac-12 Coach of the Year for the second time in his career with 2019 being the first time.

Linebacker Devin Lloyd was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year for the first time in his career. Lloyd finished the regular season with 106 tackles, including 22 tackles for loss, which is second-most in the country.

Defensive tackle Junior Tafuna was named the Pac-12 Freshman Defensive Player of the Year after racking up 4.5 sacks in his 10 starts this season.

Offensive lineman Sataoa Laumea was listed as an honorable mention for the Pac-12 Freshman Offensive Player of the Year award. Safety Cole Bishop was named an honorable mention for the Pac-12 Freshman Defensive Player of the Year award.

USC wide receiver Drake London received the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year, while Washington State quarterback Jayden de Laura earned Pac-12 Freshman Offensive Player of the Year.

Trevor Allen is a Utah Utes Insider for KSLSports.com, Co-Host ofΒ Faith, Family and Football podcastΒ with Clark Phillips III and host of theΒ Crimson Corner podcast. Follow him on Twitter:Β @TrevorASports.

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