QB Marcus Mariota Jr. Oregon
Hard to argue against this one. The only real question going into seems to be whether or not Mariota or Jameis Winston is the first-team All-American quarterback. I'm a little bit less big on Mariota than most, but there is still no questioning his place as the Pac-12's top quarterback going into the season.
RB Byron Marshall Jr. Oregon
Pretty much the unquestioned top back returning to the conference, Marshall is more of a tough runner than some of the other recent Duck top backs and seemed to really improve as 2014 moved on. I would be surprised if he doesn't rack up at least 1,500 yards this season.
RB Javorious Allen Jr. USC
The most productive of USC's deadly trio of running backs, Allen is a pass-catching weapon along with being a talented runner. It is going to be exciting to see what he can do in Steve Sarkisian's up-tempo offense.
WR Ty Montgomery Sr. Stanford
The rare receiver that has the elite speed to run past defensive backs and burn you deep, but at 6'2 215, can catch a quick slant and run over defenders as well. Expect to see a lot of him in 2014 with Stanford breaking in a new set of offensive linemen and running backs.
WR Jaelen Strong Jr. Arizona State
A lankier Montgomery, Strong is the kind of big, speedy receiver that Taylor Kelly can go to again and again for first downs, but can also burst out with the big play. He has first round potential and should finish with around 1,500 yards and more than 10 touchdowns this season.
TE Connor Hamlett Sr. Oregon State
It is a weak year for tight ends in the conference, but that doesn't mean that Hamlett isn't a legit talent. He is a superb pass catcher that can stretch the field down the middle and should catch a ton of passes in 2014 with Brandin Cooks off to the NFL.
OL Hroniss Grasu Sr. Oregon
The leader of the veteran Duck offensive line, Grasu is perfect in their scheme as a quick lineman that can get downfield and spring open lanes for runners. He is one of those players that seems like he has been a stud in the Pac-12 for ages and is good enough to be the first center taken in next year's draft.
OL Andrus Peat Jr. Stanford
Peat is a long, athletic specimen that has first overall pick potential and could be as good (if not better) than any of the recent Stanford All-American offensive linemen if he keeps developing. I expect him to do just that and be the best offensive lineman in the conference by the end of the season.
OL Jamil Douglas Sr. Arizona State
A versatile, underrated linemen, Douglas got second-team All-Pac-12 last year and should quietly be on the first team this year. He isn't a flashy talent like Peat, but he is a warrior up front that paves the way for Arizona State's run game and protects Taylor Kelly.
OL Isaac Seumalo Jr. Oregon State
The former five-star recruit has lived up to his hype and been nothing but a polished rock during his time and Oregon State. Don't be surprised if he keeps developing and edges out Grasu as the conference's and the nation's top center at the end of the season.
OL Max Tuerk Jr. USC
Another standout at center, Tuerk recently moved to the position and is a longer athlete at 6'6. He is another guy with first round potential that will be an interesting player at center in USC's line and I expect to continue to excel.
DL Leonard Williams Jr. USC
Not much to say about this guy that hasn't already been said. Almost never see a guy like him who can play tackle and end at an All-American level. Has the chance to have a Steve Emtman, Ndamukong Suh-level season next year.
DL Henry Anderson Sr. Stanford
Can't wait to see this guy fully healthy as the next 6‘6 monster to take top billing in Stanford's defense and fill Trent Murphy's role as their best pass rusher. He has that rare ability to check in at nearly 300 pounds and hold up well against the run, but still be a major pass rusher.
DL Hau'oli Kikaha Sr. Washington
The conference's best returning pure pass rusher, Kikaha was a sack machine last year and has the ability to take over a game when he gets hot. What I also like about him is that he has the bulk to stand up against the run and help out Danny Shelton...
DL Danny Shelton Sr. Washington
Probably the best pure run stuffer in the conference, Shelton gets might vote for the Pac-12's nastiest player in 2014. He is the kind of player that I imagine opposing offensive linemen dread having to go up against for four quarters.
LB Hayes Pullard Sr. USC
Gets lost in a lot of the hype about his teammate Williams and conference mate linebacker Jack, but for my money, he is the Pac-12's best pure linebacker. A big-hitting leader in the middle, Pullard isn't flashy but gets the job done.
LB Myles Jack So. UCLA
I know that I continually have been saying that Jack is overrated, but that doesn't mean that I still don't think he is a helluva talent and one of the best linebackers in the conference. He brings his playmaker mentality towards the position and is the rare kind of talent that is just as good against the pass as he is the run as a linebacker.
LB Eric Kendricks Sr. UCLA
Jack's linebacker mate doesn't get the attention that he deserves as a tackling machine that is the steady backbone for the Bruin defense. I expect that to change as long as the Bruins have the season that they should have and he ends up getting a lot of accolades as the veteran leader of the defense.
DB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu Sr. Oregon
Everyone knows by now that Ekpre-Olomu has a hard to pronounce name and probably would have been a first round pick if he had declared after his junior season. There isn't much more to be said about a guy who is as physical of a cornerback as I have ever seen in the conference.
DB Marcus Peters Jr. Washington
Could very well end up being more highly-regarded than Ekpre-Olomu by the end of the season as a speedy, but big and physical cornerback with a nose for the ball. He has a knack for creating turnovers and will be helped by a great front seven for Washington in 2014.
DB Jordan Richards Sr. Stanford
The enforcer at the back of the Stanford defense, expect another year of him making the middle a scary place for Stanford opponents to go. One of the most-seasoned defenders in the conference, his veteran leadership in the back of the Cardinal defense will be a major asset.
DB Steven Nelson Sr. Oregon State
His value might be a bit overinflated by how many interceptions he grabbed in 2013, but that's just what we do as sports media. He will become the Beavers' lock down corner now with Rashaad Reynolds graduated.
K Zane Gonzalez So. Arizona State
Was the best kicker in the Conference last year as a freshman.
P Tom Hackett Jr. Utah
I'm going to be honest, I just rank punters by their stats and Hackett is the tops.
R Ty Montgomery Sr. Stanford
I wonder if Montgomery won't get a lot of work in the return game this season since he is injured going in, but if he does, he is the best in the conference.
QB Brett Hundley Jr. UCLA
Would normally be first team All-Pac-12 most years, but re: Mariota. Regardless a ridiculous talent who I think puts it all together this year aided by a an improved supporting cast on offense.
RB D.J. Foster Jr. Arizona State
A player that is ready to explode, Foster is as good of a pass-catching running back as I have seen in a long time in the Pac-12. He might actually be the best overall running back in the conference when it is all said and done.
RB Thomas Tyner So. Oregon
Tyner took a while to get going in 2013, but I expect him to break out as the Ducks' home run hitter in 2013. Wouldn't be surprised if he cracks the 1,000-yard barrier and much more.
WR Dres Anderson Sr. Utah
Quietly had more than 1,000 yards receiving last year as one of the conference's best big play targets. Expect him to do more of the same in 2014, especially if Kenneth Scott and Travis Wilson can stay healthy around him.
WR Nelson Agholor Jr. USC
Agholor is a bit of a guy who gets accolades for his potential more than his production, but I anticipate him finally having his production match potential this year as USC's lead receiver. I don't know if he is Robert Woods or Marqise Lee, but he easily could be the best receiver in the conference if he does in fact put it all together.
TE De'Marieya Nelson Sr. Arizona State
Nelson was more of a utility back in 2013, but with Chris Coyle graduated, expect him to be more of a tight end in 2014 and one of the best in the conference. His versatility and athleticism along with help from a great supporting cast should turn him into an all-conference type player.
OL Tyler Johnstone Jr. Oregon
Going to be coming back from a major knee injury in the Alamo Bowl, but I don't know why this guy hasn't gotten more accolades throughout his career as the quintessential Oregon lineman who is long athletic and deadly on the edge. If he can come back 100 percent, is a guy who could sneak onto first team ahead of one of the more flashy linemen.
OL Jake Fisher Sr. Oregon
Another Oregon lineman who doesn't seem to get many accolades despite protecting Mariota exquisitely and paves the way for endless rushing yards. He also has more nasty than about any offensive lineman in the conference and that goes a long ways in my book.
OL Dexter Charles Jr. Washington
Charles is a big lineman that can move and a big reason why Bishop Sankey tallied up huge yards the past two seasons. Surrounded by veterans on the Husky offensive line, Charles is actually the most talented of the group and can frequently be seen downfield opening up holes.
OL Malcolm Bunche Sr. UCLA
A transfer for Miami, the former Hurricane starter and All-ACC talent should step in right away and be a standout on the Bruin offense. With his size and proven polish, he should make a major difference up front.
OL Jake Brendel Jr. UCLA
A three-year starter now for the Bruins, Brendel gets lost in the shuffle of ultra-talented centers in the conference, but is becoming a great one. A tough player in the middle, he is excellent in run blocking and quickly becoming one of the conference's best offensive linemen.
DL David Parry Sr. Stanford
A gritty nose guard that might be my favorite defensive linemen in the conference as a warrior that plugs up the middle. He might not get the All-American accolades of some of the Stanford stars around him, but in my opinion he is just as valuable to their success.
DL Tony Washington Sr. Oregon
An OLB/DE hybrid, Washington is just another excellent edge rusher for the Ducks in a long line of guys who are skilled at getting to the quarterback. He may be a little one dimensional, but it is quite a dimension as one of the conference's best pure pass rushers.
DL Ellis McCarthy Jr. UCLA
A guy who maybe hasn't quite fulfilled his potential who I expect to step up this year. He is a much bigger, much athletic version of Leonard Williams who can play at different spots along the line and I am excited to see if he can put it all together and be a first-team-level player.
DL Eddie Vanderdoes So. UCLA
Vanderdoes has even more potential than McCarthy and could be a better candidate to become a first-team All-American, let alone all-conference player. It is rare to find a guy with his size and athleticism and could be UCLA's version of Leonard Williams pretty soon.
LB A.J. Tarpley Sr. Stanford
Trent Murphy and Shayne Skov may be off to the NFL, but Tarpley has quietly been a stud for the Cardinal at linebacker the past couple of years as well. Expect him to fill right in for Murphy and Skov and fulfill his destiny as the next great leader at linebacker for the Cardinal.
LB Shaq Thompson Jr. Washington
People need to slow down a bit on Thompson before he proves more as I have seen some rank him as the top outside linebacker in the nation, but he is still a special talent. He could quickly become the top linebacker in the conference, but for right now, I would only put him as a second-team-level standout.
LB Derrick Malone Sr. Oregon
Speedy and underrated, Malone is going to have to do a lot in the Ducks' front seven after losing both starting tackles that played in front of him, but he should be up to the task. Sideline to sideline, he is about as good as it gets.
DB Jared Tevis Sr. Arizona
Seems like he has been around forever as the heart and soul of an improving Arizona defense. As a rock in the back of the defense, he is one of the reasons why the Wildcats could surprise on defense in 2014.
DB Su'a Cravens So. USC
Another up and comer who could be the best player at his position in the near future, but hasn't proven it yet. I'm not big on handing out pre-season accolades based on potential and I understand that I might end up looking dumb by not doing that, but like Thompson, right now I am holding off of rating Cravens higher than more-proven players.
DB Alex Carter Jr. Stanford
Physically, maybe the best cornerback in the conference, Carter is starting to put it all together as an overall player and that is a scary thought. If he continues to develop as a pass defender, he could be a lock down corner and first round pick in 2015.
DB Josh Shaw Sr. USC
Another guy with first round talent that is just starting to put it together, Shaw is big fast and athletic. I expect him to continue progressing and become one of the top corners in the conference as a senior.
K Andy Phillips So. Utah
Another standout freshman kicker who will likely be All-Pac-12 for a long time.
P Cole Leininger Jr. Cal
See first-team punter, same setup.
R Nelson Agholor Jr. USC
A dangerous returner, locked in this spot with Bralon Addison's injury.
QB Taylor Kelly Sr. Arizona State
RB Tre Madden Jr. USC
RB Jordon James Sr. UCLA
WR Austin Hill Sr. Arizona
WR Gabe Marks Jr. Washington State
TE Johnny Mundt So. Oregon
OL Micah Hatchie Sr. Washington
OL Mike Criste Sr. Washington
OL Ben Riva Sr. Washington
OL Alex Redmond So. UCLA
OL Mickey Baucus Sr. Arizona
DL Xavier Cooper Jr. Washington State
DL Nate Orchard Sr. Utah
DL Jaxon Hood Jr. Arizona State
DL Blake Leuders Sr. Stanford
LB John Timu Sr. Washington
LB Jason Whittingham Jr. Utah
LB J.R. Tavai Sr. USC
DB Brian Blechen Sr. Utah
DB Ryan Murphy Sr. Oregon State
DB Anthony Jefferson Sr. UCLA
DB Randall Goforth Jr. UCLA
K Jordan Williamson Sr. Stanford
P Ben Rhyne Sr. Stanford
R John Ross So. Washington
QB Sean Mannion Sr. Oregon State
RB Paul Perkins So. UCLA
RB Michael Adkins II So. Colorado
WR Chris Harper Jr. Cal
WR Nate Phillips So. Arizona
TE Randall Telfer Sr. USC
OL Fabbians Ebbele Sr. Arizona
OL Cameron Hunt So. Oregon
OL Jeremiah Poutasi Jr. Utah
OL Daniel Munyer Sr. Colorado
OL Kyle Murphy Jr. Stanford
DL Kenny Clark So. UCLA
DL Owamagbe Odighizuwa Sr. UCLA
DL Antwaun Woods Jr. USC
DL Dylan Wynn Sr. Oregon State
LB Darryl Monroe Jr. Washington State
LB Addison Gillam So. Colorado
LB Scooby Wright So. Arizona
DB Fabian Moreau Jr. UCLA
DB Jonathan McKnight Sr. Arizona
DB Tyrequek Zimmerman Sr. Oregon State
DB Eric Rowe Sr. Utah
K Trevor Romaine Sr. Oregon State
P Sean Covington So. UCLA
R Victor Bolden So. Oregon State