Tyron Smith earns award from peers

Outgoing USC right tackle Tyron Smith was named the offensive winner of the peer-voted Morris Trophy, the Pac-10 announced Monday.

Smith, a Moreno Valley native, also earned All-Pac-10 First Team honors earlier this month after a junior season in which he started 12 of 13 games. He will bypass his senior season at USC and enter the 2011 NFL Draft early, it was announced last week.

Smith becomes the Trojans' second consecutive Morris award-winner. Left tackle Charles Brown won the award last year before being selected in the second round of the 2010 draft by the Indianapolis Colts.

The 40 starting Pac-10 defensive linemen voted on the award. Oregon State senior defensive tackle Stephen Paea won the defensive version of the award, voted on by Smith and the rest of the Pac-10 offensive linemen.

Smith and Paea will be presented their awards at a Seattle luncheon next month.