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2015 Pacific Takes All-Americans: four Pac-12 players on first team

Four teams of All-Americans and we just focus on the Pac-12 players.

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First Team


QB Deshaun Watson So. Clemson

RB Christian McCaffrey So. Stanford - He was Mr. Everything in 2015 as one of the best overall players I can ever remember in college football. He gets my vote for Heisman. That is, if I had a vote for Heisman.

RB Derrick Henry Jr. Alabama

WR Corey Coleman Jr. Baylor

WR Josh Doctson Sr. TCU

TE Hunter Henry Jr. Arkansas

OL Jack Conklin Jr. Michigan State

OL Joshua Garnett Sr. Stanford - Garnett turned into the nation's best guard as a senior and is the next in line of Stanford All-American linemen. Maybe the best run blocker in the country.

OL Ryan Kelly Sr. Alabama

OL Taylor Decker Sr. Ohio State

OL Spencer Drango Sr. Baylor


DL DeForest Buckner Sr. Oregon - The most-dominant defensive lineman in the Pac-12 and maybe the nation. No defensive player was more valuable to their team.

DL Shaq Lawson Jr. Clemson

DL Carl Nassib Sr. Penn State

DL Andrew Billings Jr. Baylor

LB Jaylon Smith Jr. Notre Dame

LB Reggie Ragland  Sr. Alabama

LB Kentrell Brothers Sr. Missouri

DB Desmond King Jr. Iowa

DB Jalen Ramsey Jr. Florida State

DB Zack Sanchez Jr. Oklahoma

DB Jeremy Cash Sr. Duke

Special Teams

K Garrett Schwettman Sr. Western Kentucky

P Tom Hackett Sr. Utah - Wraps up his career as the nation's best punter.

R Morgan Burns Sr. Kansas State

2nd Team


QB Baker Mayfield Jr. Oklahoma

RB Ezekiel Elliott Jr. Ohio State

RB Leonard Fournette So. LSU

WR Gabe Marks Jr. Washington State - One of the nation's most consistent receivers and a deadly weapon in the red zone. Marks is far from a system receiver as well as it was evident how big of a jolt his return provided the Cougar air attack after sitting out in 2014.

WR Roger Lewis So. Bowling Green

TE Jaylen Samuels So. NCState

OL Jack Allen Sr. Michigan State

OL Joe Dahl Sr. Washington State - Possibly the best pass blocker in the nation. Dahl stood up in Washington State's system and rarely let his defender affect the quarterback at all.

OL Kyle Murphy Sr. Stanford - Just another mauling tackle for the Cardinal. The senior took care of business on the up front edge for Stanford all season and keyed a nasty run game.

OL Tyler Johnstone Sr. Oregon - One of the best comeback stories of the year, Johnstone bounced back from two knee injuries that kept him out in 2014 and led the Oregon offensive line to countless rushing yards and nice pass protection.

OL Matt Skura Sr. Duke


DL Sheldon Day Sr. Notre Dame

DL A'Shawn Robinson Jr. Alabama

DL Emmanuel Ogbah Jr. Oklahoma State

DL Myles Garrett So. Texas A&M

LB Tyler Matekevich Sr. Temple

LB Blake Martinez Sr. Stanford - The last of the intimidators in the front of the Stanford defense, Martinez was huge in keeping a rebuilding Stanford defense together. He was a tackling machine that was near the nation in tackles.

LB Gionni Paul Sr. Utah - One of my favorite pure football players in the country. Paul always seemed to be near the ball and was a big play linebacker that created a lot of turnovers.

DB Vernon Hargreaves Jr. Florida

DB Jourdan Lewis Jr. Michigan

DB Marcus Maye Jr. Florida

DB Quin Blanding So. Virginia

Special Teams

K Zach Matics Sr. Appalachian State

P Drew Kaser Sr. Texas A&M

R Cyrus Jones Sr. Alabama

3rd Team


QB Trevone Boykin Sr. TCU

RB Dalvin Cook So. Florida State

RB Royce Freeman So. Oregon - Freeman ran for more than 1,700 and a ton of touchdowns without the usual speed of the Oregon offense and without a real running threat at quarterback. He is the best pure running back the Ducks have maybe ever had.

WR Sterling Shepard Sr. Oklahoma

WR Juju Smith-Schuster So. USC - Might have the best physical skills of any receiver in the nation and put them to good use in a breakout season. He had more than 1,000 yards receiving and double digit touchdowns as the best part of the USC offense.

TE Jake Butt Jr. Michigan

OL Joe Thurey Sr. NCState

OL Vadal Alexander Sr. LSU

OL Le'Raven Clark Sr. Texas Tech

OL Pat Elflein Sr. Ohio State

OL Roderick Johnson So. Florida State


DL Joey Bosa Jr. Ohio State

DL Shilique Calhoun Sr. Michigan State

DL Jonathan Allen Jr. Alabama

DL Yannick Ngakoue Jr. Maryland

LB Joe Schobert Sr. Wisconsin

LB Anthony Walker So. Northwestern

LB Antonio Longino Sr. Arizona State - One of the nation's best pure pass rushers, he had nearly 20 tackles for-loss and 10 sacks in 2015. He would regularly completely change the way opposing offenses had to operate with his pressure.

DB Damontae Kazee Jr. San Diego State

DB Eddie Jackson Jr. Alabama

DB Jabril Peppers Fr. Michigan

DB William Likely Jr. Maryland

Special Teams

K Conrad Ukropina Sr. Stanford - Near the top of the nation in field goal percentage and made maybe the biggest kick of the year nationally to beat Notre Dame.

P Dalton Schamp Jr. Florida Atlantic

R Evan Berry So. Tennessee

Honorable Mention


QB - Pac-12 QBs - I had a hard time even selecting first-team, second-team All-Pac-12 QBs because of how tight the top layer of QBs in the conference were this year, so I am just going to give this spot to the five I considered - Jared Goff, Kevin Hogan, Luke Falk, Vernon Adams & Cody Kessler.

RB Alex Collins Jr. Arkansas

RB Donnel Pumphrey Jr. San Diego State

WR Will Fuller Jr. Notre Dame

WR Taywan Taylor Jr. Western Kentucky

TE Matt Weiser Sr. Buffalo

OL Sebastian Tretola Sr. Arkansas

OL Cam Robinson So. Alabama

OL Jake Brendel Sr. UCLA - A senior leader on the UCLA line that really stepped up this season. He wraps up an excellent career as a stalwart for the Bruins.

OL John Theus Sr. Georgia

OL Dan Feeney Jr. Indiana


DL Adolphus Washington Sr. Ohio State

DL Jonathan Bullard Sr. Florida

DL Kenny Clark Jr. UCLA - Clark was a nightmare over center  for opponents. He stuffed the run and collapsed the pocket in the middle as well as anyone in the country this year.

DL Trey Hendrickson Jr. Florida Atlantic

LB Zach Cunningham So. Vanderbilt

LB Eric Striker Sr. Oklahoma

LB Salamo Fiso Jr. Arizona State - One of the best attacking linebackers around, Fiso always seemed  to be in the opposing backfield. His ability to take the play head on was huge in run and pass defense all season.

DB Daryl Worley Jr. West Virginia

DB Shawun Larry So. Northern Illinois

DB Tre'Davious White Jr. LSU

DB Sidney Jones So. Washington - Jones was the toughest corner to throw against in the Pac-12 all year. He grabbed a few interceptions and his length gave him excellent range.

Special Teams

K Aidan Schneider So. Oregon - The Ducks finally have a good kicker and he is one of the best  in the nation.

P Hayden Hunt Jr. Colorado State

R Devon Edwards Jr. Duke