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Pacific Takes 2015 All-Pac-12 teams: Four teams of Pac-12 stars

Stanford leads the way with seven first-team selections.

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The Pac-12 just released their all-conference teams for the season so I thought it would be the perfect time to release mine. There are four teams in total and I included explanations for the first two teams.

Stay tuned later this week for an all-freshman team, conference awards and an All-American team.

First Team


QB Jared Goff Jr. Cal - The toughest call I can ever remember for first-team quarterback. There are five players you could make a legit argument here for, but I will go with Goff, because he is the best combination of all the factors I considered - numbers, importance to team and role in team's overall success. Honestly though, Luke Falk, Kevin Hogan and Vernon Adams could easily be here.

RB Christian McCaffrey So. Stanford - My choice for Pac-12 Player of the Year. Along with being a 1,600-yard rusher, McCaffrey was an excellent receiver and his presence and threat on the field completely changed the Stanford offense.

RB Royce Freeman So. Oregon - The best pure running back in the conference. Ran for the most yards and touchdowns in the conference and was the rock that held Oregon's offense together when they were flying high and when they were barely hanging on.

WR Gabe Marks Jr. Washington State - One of the most underrated players in the nation, Marks finished the season one catch shy of 100, had more than 1,100 yards receiving and caught four more touchdowns than anyone else in the conference. He was also far from simply being a product of Mike Leach's air raid.

WR Juju Smith-Schuster So. USC - Smith-Schuster more than had the breakout season most anticipated as he led the conference in receiving yards with 1,300 had caught double-digit touchdowns. He was the most dangerous pass-catching threat in the conference this season.

TE Austin Hooper Jr. Stanford - Had more than 400 yards receiving and led the conference in receiving touchdowns as a tight end. Also, played a role in one of the conference's best blocking offenses.

OL Joshua Garnett Sr. Stanford - Garnett went from being a very good player to the best offensive lineman in the conference as a senior and arguably the best guard in the whole nation.

OL Kyle Murphy Sr. Stanford - Just another giant, tough, elite tackle for the Cardinal. A big part of why their offense dominated opposing fronts and held onto the ball longer than any other team in the conference.

OL Tyler Johnstone Sr. Oregon - The comeback player of the year, Johnstone came back from two knee injuries to key an Oregon offensive line that blocked for countless rushing yards and who quietly were  excellent in directing defenders away from Vernon Adams when they got into the backfield.

OL Joe Dahl Sr. Washington State - The best pass blocker in the conference if not the nation.

OL Jake Brendel Sr. UCLA - Ended up being the best center in the conference in a strong year for centers. Continued to be a rock and leader for the Bruins up front and helped shore up their pass protection.


DL DeForest Buckner Sr. Oregon - Buckner to me left no doubt who should be the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. He dominated week in and week out and at times looked like he was carrying the entire Duck defense on his back.

DL Kenny Clark Jr. UCLA - Clark was one of those rare defensive tackles that is so active and versatile that he nearly leads the team in tackles. He was unblockable up front most of the year.

DL Destiny Vaeao Sr. Washington State - Why was Washington State so much better this year? Because Vaeao and a bunch of other Cougar defenders turned up their play and Vaeao was the best of that group.

DL Lowell Lotuelei So. Utah - The main reason it was really hard to run against Utah this year. A real immovable object on the ball.

LB Gionni Paul Sr. Utah - A rare Player of the Year candidate as a linebacker, Paul was a pure playmaker who always seemed to be where the ball is in 2015. He nearly led the conference  in tackles, was near the top in tackles for-loss, grabbed four interceptions and  led the conference in fumbles recovered.

LB Blake Martinez Sr. Stanford - Led the conference in tackles and served as one of the last remaining enforcers on Stanford's defense.

LB Antonio Longino Sr. Arizona State - I don't know how this guy didn't make first or second team with the Pac-12. He led the conference in sacks and tackles for-loss and was unblockable at times, destroying opposing offenses.

DB Jordan Simone Sr. Arizona State - Another Sun Devil who got shafted in the official All-Pac-12 team. Simone nearly led the conference in tackles and made plays in the backfield as the backbone of the Sun Devil defense.

DB Sidney Jones So. Washington - An underrated player who is the best  pure pass defender in the conference. He had four interceptions, knocked down more passes than anyone in the conference and led the conference in fumbles forced.

DB Kevin  King Jr. Washington - King might actually be just as good as Jones. Some advanced stats have his rated as the best cover corner in the conference.

DB Marcus Williams So. Utah - Had five interceptions and broke up nine passes as the best  player in a great Utah secondary.

Special Teams

K Conrad Ukropina Sr. Stanford - Aidan Schneider has a slightly better percentage, but I am going with Ukropina since he knocked down that huge field goal against Notre Dame.

P Tom Hackett Sr. Utah - Continued to be the conference's unquestioned best  punter.

R Christian McCaffrey So. Stanford - Led the nation and broke records in all-purpose yardage.

Second Team


QB Luke Falk So. Washington State - Cougar quarterbacks always put up numbers in Leach's air raid, but none has been as smooth as Falk was in 2015 and able to win as many games. Easily could have been the first-team selection.

RB Paul Perkins Jr. UCLA - More than 1,200 yards and 13 touchdowns, Perkins quietly had another amazing year as the best player on the Bruin offense.

RB Devontae Booker Sr. Utah - More than 1,200 yards and 11 touchdowns, Booker seemed like the entire Ute offense at times yet again.

WR Dom Williams Sr. Washington State - Williams had nearly 1,000 yards receiving and was second in the conference in touchdown receptions with 11.Like Marks, he simply was not just a system producer either.

WR Bralon Addison Jr. Oregon - Another great comeback player for the Ducks, Addison returned to form after missing 2014 and had 775 yards receiving and 10 touchdown catches while also rushing for two more.He was especially potent whenever it really seemed Oregon needed him.

TE Joshua Perkins Sr. Washington - A great pure pass catcher at tight end he had more than 30 receptions, led all tight ends in receiving yards and caught three touchdowns.

OL Zach Banner Jr. USC - The 6'9 360-pound monster put it all together in 2015. He was dominant on the edge  for the Trojans.

OL Christian Westerman Sr. Arizona State - A bright spot on a Sun Devil offensive line that struggled, he was a physical force in the run game.

OL J.J. Dielman Jr. Utah - His emergence as a star at tackle really helped the Utah offense improve a lot in 2015.

OL Graham Shuler Sr. Stanford - The centerpiece for the conference's best offensive line. Like Garnett, his development in 2015 played a big role in improving Stanford's offense.

OL Matt Hegarty Sr. Oregon - The other grad transfer for the Ducks was consistent in run blocking and, like Johnstone, an ace at directing blitzers away from Adams when they got into the backfield without getting holding calls.


DL Aziz Shittu Sr. Stanford - The best  player in a depleted Stanford front, he was  a big part of why their defense didn't completely fall apart despite losing a ton of experience.

DL Darryl Paulo Sr. Washington State - Another one of those Cougar defenders who took the next step in 2015. Near the tops in the conference in tackles for-loss.

DL Antwaun Woods Sr. USC - The plugger up front for the Trojans. He finally got to enjoy a healthy season and it showed.

DL Delvon Simmons Sr. USC - Another big standout for the front of the USC, Simmons dominated all over the front of the D all season.

LB Travis Feeney Sr. Washington - Was in the backfield all season and the best player up front for the conference's best defense. He has seven sacks and more than 15 tackles for-loss.

LB Salamo Fiso Jr. Arizona State - Yet another Sun Devil snubbed by the All-Pac-12 teams, he was the conference's most-aggressive run defender and was second in the conference in tackles for-loss.

LB Su'a Cravens Jr. USC - Once again, the conference's most-versatile linebacker. He was great at getting into the backfield, but also the conference's best pass-defending linebacker.

DB Shalom Luani Jr. Washington State - The former rugby star turned around a struggling Cougar pass defense. He made a ton of tackles, broke up a lot of passes and grabbed three interceptions.

DB Adoree Jackson So. USC - He doesn't show up in the stat sheet, but that is because teams don't really throw against him much.

DB Budda Baker So. Washington - Similar to Jackson and the best pass-defending safety in the conference. Has unlimited range.

DB Ronnie Harris Sr. Stanford - Kept a refreshed Stanford secondary afloat by regularly making great plays on the ball and helping in run defense.

Special Teams

K Aidan Schneider So. Oregon - An Oregon kicker led the league in field goal percentage and kicked a lot of them. The times they are a chaning...

P Drew Riggleman Sr. Arizona - Second in the conference in punt yardage.

R Dante Pettis So. Washington - Led the conference in punt return average yardage and took two back for huge touchdowns.

Third Team


QB Kevin Hogan Sr. Stanford

RB Myles Gaskin Fr. Washington

RB Demario Richard So. Arizona State

WR Nelson Spruce Sr. Colorado

WR Thomas Duarte Jr. UCLA

TE Kody Kohl Jr. Arizona State

OL Chad Wheeler Jr. USC

OL Conor McDermott Jr. UCLA

OL Siasi Aiono Sr.  Utah

OL Johnny Caspers Sr. Stanford

OL Isaac Asiata Jr. Utah


DL Kyle Kragen Sr. Cal

DL Alex Balducci Sr. Oregon

DL Tashon Smallwood So. Arizona State

DL Taniel Tupou Sr. Washington

LB Jared  Norris Sr. Utah

LB Azeem Victor So. Washington

LB  Deon Hollins Jr. UCLA

DB Randall Goforth Jr. UCLA

DB Jaleel Wadood So. UCLA

DB Chidobe Awuzie Jr. Colorado

DB Will Parks Sr. Arizona

Special Teams

K Ka'imi Fairbairn Sr. UCLA

P Matt Haack Jr. Arizona State

R Adoree Jackson So. USC

Honorable Mention


QB Vernon Adams Sr. Oregon

RB Ronald Jones Fr. USC

RB Nick Wilson So. Arizona

WR Jordan Payton Sr. UCLA

WR Devin Lucien Sr. Arizona State

TE Stephen Anderson Sr. Cal

OL Chris Borrayo Jr. Cal

OL Vi Teofilo Sr. Arizona State

OL Damien Mama So. USC

OL Cameron Hunt Jr. Oregon

OL Cole Madison So. Washington State


DL Jason Fanaika Sr. Utah

DL Greg Gaines  Fr. Washington

DL Elijah Qualls So. Washington

DL Hercules Mata'afa Fr. Washington State

LB Cory Littleton Sr. Washington

LB Aaron Wallace Sr. UCLA

LB Hardy Nickerson Jr. Cal

DB Lloyd Carrington Sr. Arizona State

DB Marcus Rios Jr. UCLA

DB Stefan McClure Sr. Cal

DB Kareem Orr Fr. Arizona State

Special Teams

K Andy Phillips Jr. Utah

P Adam Robinson Jr. Stanford

R Bralon Addison Jr. Oregon