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2017 Pacific Takes All-Pac-12 Teams: Washington Huskies lead way with seven first-team selections

Four teams of Pac-12 standouts.

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First Team

Offense

QB Khalil Tate So. Arizona - Tough call here between Darnold, Rosen, Falk, Browning and Tate, but I’ll go with Tate because he was simply the most-dangerous and scary quarterback for most of the season and Darnold, Rosen, Falk and Browning had their lumps this season.

RB Bryce Love Jr. Stanford - No question, best running back in the country and maybe the best one-season back ever at Stanford, and that’s saying a lot.

RB Myles Gaskin Jr. Washington - Tough call over Freeman, Jones and Lindsay here, but I’ll go with Gaskin because he was essential for his team, huge in big games and a great receiver.

WR Deontay Burnett Jr. USC - The most-consistently tough to cover receiver in the conference. Almost 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns with 70 plus catches.

WR Jordan Lasley Jr. UCLA - Had a huge season with more than 1,100 yards and eight touchdowns. Deadly downfield with great size and could have done more if Rosen was healthy all season.

TE Kaden Smith So. Stanford - Came on strong at the end of the season as a red zone weapon. Caught five touchdowns and was huge against Cal, Notre Dame and in the Pac-12 Championship Game.

OL Tyrell Crosby Sr. Oregon - Showed when healthy that he is an incredibly dominant and athlete lineman. He was huge for the Ducks all season.

OL Coleman Shelton Sr. Washington - The leader of a Husky unit that was scary dominant at times. Kept the inside running lanes open for Gaskin all season and protected Browning well.

OL David Bright Sr. Stanford - The veteran leader of Stanford’s much-improved offensive line. He helped turn the unit back into a tough crew that punished Pac-12 opponents and opened holes for Love.

OL Kaleb McGary Jr. Washington - He had been overshadowed by Trey Adams, but showed that he is a star at tackle in his own right after Adams went down. Keyed run after run on the edge all season.

OL Cole Madison Sr. Washington State - Another guy who has been overshadowed, but who is getting recognition this year. Protected Luke Falk’s blindside quite well.

Defense

DL Harrison Phillips Sr. Stanford - Was crazy active as a defensive tackle and held down the front of Stanford’s defense all on his own sometimes. He put up stats like a first-team linebacker.

DL Vita Vea Jr. Washington - The most-dominant defensive lineman in the conference, if not the nation. He was an immovable object all season who shut down the run.

DL Hercules Mata’afa Jr. Washington State - A terror in the backfield. The conference’s best pass rusher and defender who could get in the backfield.

DL Greg Gaines Jr. Washington - Just like Vea, a massive plug in the middle who also rushed the quarterback all season.

LB Bobby Okereke Sr. Stanford - He dominated in the backfield in big games and helped Stanford’s defense improve as the season went on.

LB Uchenna Nwosu Sr. USC - Perpetually underrated senior leader who dominated the edge for the Trojans all season.

LB Cameron Smith Jr. USC - The conference’s best inside linebacker. Played like an NFL linebacker all season.

DB Justin Reid Jr. Stanford - Turned into the conference’s best defensive back. He was great against the run and racked up interceptions.

DB Isaiah Oliver Jr. Colorado - The conference’s top cover corner. Just about as good as Chidobe Awuzie before him.

DB Marvell Tell Jr. USC - The top player in a loaded USC secondary. He was excellent in pass coverage and came up with a number of huge interceptions.

DB Taylor Rapp So. Washington - Didn’t put up huge stats, but he was a huge reason you couldn’t pass on Washington most of the season and was all over the field at all times.

Special Teams

K Matt Gay Jr. Utah - Best field goal percentage in the conference.

P Mitch Wishnowsky Jr. Utah - Another amazing year for the Aussie punter.

R Dante Pettis Sr. Washington - The best punt returner in NCAA history.

2nd Team

Offense

QB Sam Darnold So. USC - Tough call between Darnold and Rosen, but all go with Darnold because he led his team to the conference title.

RB Ronald Jones Jr. USC - Easily could have been first team. Was a rock for the Trojans all season.

RB Phillip Lindsay Sr. Colorado - Perpetually underrated. I’m giving him the edge over Freeman because I feel like he is much more valuable to his team.

WR N’Keal Harry So. Arizona State - Showed what he can truly do as a sophomore. Could easily be the nation’s best returning receiver in 2018.

WR Tavares Martin Jr. Washington State - 70 receptions for more than 800 yards and nine touchdowns. Huge season as Falks top target.

TE Noah Togiai Jr. Oregon State - The conference’s top pass-catching tight end. Had 461 yards and a couple of touchdowns.

OL Cody O’Connell Sr. Washington State - The massive guard had another great year of pass protection.

OL Toa Lobendahn Jr. USC - Fought through injuries again and proved to be USC’s best offensive lineman.

OL Jesse Burkett Sr. Stanford - The player at the center of Stanford’s offensive line improvement.

OL Kolton Miller Jr. UCLA - Emerged as UCLA’s best offensive lineman. A massive and rangy player on the edge who helped them improve offensively from 2016.

OL Salesi Uhatafe Sr. Utah - Far and away Utah’s best offensive lineman and a big reason why they ran the ball well this year without Joe Williams.

Defense

DL Rasheem Green Jr. USC - Would be first team almost any year, but DL is stacked this year. Was an excellent presence in making plays in the backfield.

DL JoJo Wicker Jr. Arizona State - Another great year as a pass rusher and run defender on the edge.

DL Christian Rector So. USC - Another great edge defender and pass rusher for the Trojans.

DL Jalen Jelks Jr. Oregon - Seemed like he was in the backfield on every play. A huge part of why Oregon was so much better on defense this year.

LB Kenny Young Sr. UCLA - Another great season as a steady presence at LB for the Bruins.

LB Troy Dye So. Oregon - Continued to be one of the Pac-12’s best linebackers as the rest of the defense around him improved.

LB Ben Burr-Kirven Jr. Washington - Took over when All-American Azeem Victor never really came back and was all over the place making plays this season.

DB Jaleel Wadood Sr. UCLA - A great pass defender with exceptional range who helped keep the back of the UCLA defense together all season.

DB Chris Hawkins Sr. USC - The least flashy of the USC star defensive back, but a standout with great physicality.

DB Quenton Meeks Jr. Stanford - One of the conference’s best cover corners and athletes in the defensive backfield.

DB Jalen Thompson So. Washington State - Great range in pass coverage as one of the conference’s best young DBs.

Special Teams

K Jet Toner So. Stanford - Number two kicker in field goal percentage in the conference.

P Jake Bailey Jr. Stanford - I believe he actually ended up with a better average than Whisnowsky.

R Shun Brown Jr. Arizona - Returned two punts for scores this year.

Third Team

QB Josh Rosen Jr. UCLA

RB Royce Freeman Sr. Oregon

RB Demario Richard Sr. Arizona State

WR Darren Carrington Sr. Utah

WR Darren Andrews Sr. UCLA

TE Dalton Shultz Sr. Stanford

OL Jeromy Irwin Sr. Colorado

OL Scott Quessenberry Sr. UCLA

OL Jacob Alsadek Sr. Arizona

OL Nate Herbig So. Stanford

OL Jake Hanson So. Oregon

Defense

DL Lowell Lotulelei Sr. Utah

DL Filipo Mokofisi Sr. Utah

DL James Looney Sr. Cal

DL Tashon Smallwood Sr. Arizona State

LB Christian Sam Jr. Arizona State

LB Frankie Luvu Sr. Washington State

LB Sunia Tauteoli Sr. Utah

DB Jack Jones So. USC

DB Chase Lucas Fr. Arizona State

DB Iman Marshall Jr. USC

DB JoJo McIntosh Jr. Washington

Special Teams

K Matt Anderson Sr. Cal

P Alex Kinney Jr. Colorado

R Boobie Hobbs Sr. Utah

Honorable Mention/4th Team

QB Luke Falk Sr. Washington State

RB Patrick Laird Jr. Cal

RB Zack Moss So. Utah

WR Dante Pettis Sr. Washington

WR Vic Wharton Jr. Cal

TE Will Dissly Sr. Washington

OL Walker Little Fr. Stanford

OL A.T. Hall Sr. Stanford

OL Chris Brown Jr. USC

OL Andre Dillard Jr. Washington State

OL Nate Eldridge So. Arizona

Defense

DL Kylan Wilborn Fr. Arizona

DL Josh Fatu Sr. USC

DL Jacob Tuioti-Mariner Sr. UCLA

DL Henry Mondeaux Sr. Oregon

LB Keishawn Bierria Sr. Washington

LB D.J. Calhoun Sr. Arizona State

LB Manase Hungalu Sr. Oregon State

DB Chad Adams Sr. Arizona State

DB Jace Whittaker Jr. Arizona

DB Arrion Springs Sr. Oregon

DB Myles Bryant So. Washington

Special Teams

K Erik Powell Sr. Washington State

P Reid Budrovich Jr. USC

R Cameron Scarlett Jr. Stanford