Arizona cleans up in Pac-12 awards

Published Mar 11, 2014 at 12:01AM

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Arizona guard Nick Johnson was named Pac-12 player of the year, teammate Aaron Gordon won the award for top freshman and Sean Miller also was honored as coach of the year.

Commissioner Larry Scott announced the awards on Monday. The honors were voted on by the league’s coaches.

Oregon State senior guard Roberto Nelson and Oregon junior guard Joseph Young were each selected to the all-Pac-12 second team. Mike Moser, a senior forward for Oregon, received honorable mention. Oregon State junior forward Eric Moreland was an honorable mention for the all-defensive team.

In other awards, Arizona State center Jordan Bachynski won defensive player of the year and Stanford guard Anthony Brown is the most improved player.

Johnson averaged 16.1 points and 2.8 assist per game to lead Arizona to a first-place finish and No. 4 national ranking at the end of the regular season. He is the seventh Arizona player to win the award with Derrick Williams being the most recent in 2010-11.

For a complete list of Pac-12 honors, see Scoreboard, C2.

— The Associated Press

NFL

Seattle re-signs DE Bennett

RENTON, Wash. — Michael Bennett gambled last offseason that playing on a one-year deal in Seattle would pay off in the future with the long-term contract he always wanted.

He was proven to be correct. Bennett now has a Super Bowl title and a new four-year contract that will keep him with the Seahawks.

“I don’t know if there was any doubt, but there was a lot of speculation a lot of teams tried to get me to come there,” Bennett said Monday after signing his new deal. “But ultimately I wanted to come back and play with these guys and win some more games.”

Bennett was considered one of the top free agents in the NFL after a breakout season with the Seahawks where he led the team in sacks and proved a versatile option as a defensive end and defensive tackle. But he never made it all the way to the start of today’s free agency after the Seahawks came up with a satisfactory deal.

Terms were not announced by the team. Pro Football Talk reported Bennett’s deal was worth about $28.5 million with $16 guaranteed. Bennett said there were other teams offering more money, but the guaranteed amount was most important.

Bennett was thought to have been strongly pursued by Chicago, where he had a chance of joining his brother, Martellus, with the Bears. But he ultimately decided to return to Seattle.

— The Associated Press