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Pacific Takes preseason 2017 All-Americans: eight Washington Huskies make teams

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All-Americans with a Pac-12 focus.

Washington v Arizona Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

First Team

Offense

QB Lamar Jackson Jr. Louisville

RB SaQuon Barkley Jr. Penn State

RB Bo Scarbrough Jr. Alabama

WR James Washington Sr. Oklahoma State

WR Christian Kirk Jr. Texas A&MTE Mike Gesicki Sr. Penn State

OL Quenton Nelson Sr. Notre Dame

OL Mike McGlinchey Sr. Notre Dame

OL Connor Williams Jr. Texas

OL Mitch Hyatt Jr. Clemson

OL Frank Ragnow Sr. Arkansas

Defense

DL Harold Landry Sr. Boston College

DL TyQuan Lewis Sr. Ohio State

DL Ed Oliver So. Houston

DL Christian Wilkins Jr. Clemson

LB Josey Jewell Sr. Iowa

LB Azeem Victor Sr. Washington

Victor is back and healthy and ready to lead the Husky defense as a senior. He is the best defender in the entire Pac-12 if healthy and a vocal team leader who shuts things down on the inside and patrols the outside as well.

LB Arden Key Jr. LSU

DB Tarvarus McFadden Jr. Florida State

DB Jaire Alexander Jr. Louisville

DB Minkah Fitzpatrick Jr. Alabama

DB Quin Blanding Sr. Virginia

Special Teams

K Daniel Carlson Sr. Auburn

P Mitch Wishnowsky Jr. Utah

The rare punter so good he can really affect a game. Without question the best punter in the nation.

R Quadree Henderson Jr. Pittsburgh

Second Team

Offense

QB Sam Darnold So. USC

Darnold made a major statement down the stretch in 2016 with the Rose Bowl being an exclamation mark. He is a rare complete package as a quarterback in college football and looks ready for a Heisman run.

RB Derrius Guice Jr. LSU

RB Kamryn Pettway Sr. Auburn

WR Calvin Ridley Jr. Alabama

WR Courtland Sutton Jr. SMU

TE Jaylen Samuels Sr. NCState

OL Will Hernandez Sr. UTEP

OL Mason Cole Sr. Michigan

OL Orlando Brown Jr. Oklahoma

OL Braden Smith Sr. Auburn

OL Brian Allen Sr. Michigan State

Defense

DL Bradley Chubb Sr. NCState

DL Vita Vea Jr. Washington

Vea looked ready to breakout as a superstar at the end of 2016, especially in the Peach Bowl. He is 6’5 340 with the athleticism of a defensive end. He should be a Top 10 pick in 2018.

DL Marquis Haynes Sr. Mississippi

DL Da’Ron Payne Jr. Alabama

LB Micah Kiser Sr. Virginia

LB Travin Howard Sr. TCU

LB Tegray Scales Sr. Indiana

DB Derwin James So. Florida State

DB Godwin Igwebuike Sr. Northwestern

DB Jordan Thomas Sr. Oklahoma

DB Duke Dawson Sr. Florida

Special Teams

K Eddy Piniero So. Florida

P J.K. Scott Sr. Alabama

R Rashaad Penny Sr. San Diego State

Third Team

Offense

QB Baker Mayfield Sr. Oklahoma

RB Nick Chubb Sr. Georgia

RB Phillip Lindsay Sr. Colorado

Lindsay had more than 1,700 combined rushing/receiving yards and scored more than 15 touchdowns as the star of Colorado’s offense in 2016. He should meet those marks in 2017 and lead an even-better Colorado offense.

WR Dante Pettis Sr. Washington

Pettis scored 18 touchdowns in 2016 and has the rare ability to be a possession receiver and a deep threat at the same time with his athleticism and leaping ability. He will get more targets in 2017 with John Ross off to the NFL.

WR Allen Lazard Sr. Iowa State

TE Adam Breneman Sr. UMass

OL Billy Price Sr. Ohio State

OL Will Clapp Jr. LSU

OL Coleman Shelton Sr. Washington

The senior leader of what should be the Pac-12’s, and one of the nation’s, best offensive lines. He has nasty, range and strength and rarely lets opponents penetrate up the middle as a center.

OL Trey Adams Jr. Washington

6’8 320, Adams is a towering monster who protects Jake Browning’s left size. He has the size and ability to take over games.

OL Cody O’Connell Sr. Washington State

The 6’8 370-pound O’Connell was an All-American last year as one of the nation’s best pass blockers, and nothing should change in 2017.

Defense

DL Duke Ejiofor Sr. Wake Forest

DL Dorance Armstrong Jr. Kansas

DL Maurice Hurst Sr. Michigan

DL Sam Hubbard Jr. Ohio State

LB Cameron Smith Jr. USC

Huge and versatile, Smith is a big hitter who shuts down the middle who can also pick off passes. The backbone of what should be a very good USC defense.

LB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo Sr. Oklahoma

LB Jerome Baker Jr. Ohio State

DB Dominick Sanders Sr. Georgia

DB Armani Watts Sr. Texas A&M

DB Jordan Whitehead Jr. Pittsburgh

DB Marcus Allen Sr. Penn State

Special Teams

K Gary Wunderlich Sr. Mississippi

P Johnny Townsend Sr. Florida

R Dante Pettis Sr. Washington

Returned two punts for touchdowns in 2016, including a game-winner against Utah.

Honorable Mention

Offense

QB Jake Browning Jr. Washington

Browning put up Heisman-level numbers in 2016 and led the Huskies to 12 wins. He could do even more in 2017.

RB Myles Gaskin Jr. Washington

Gaskin had his second-straight 1,000-yard-plus season in 2016. He is a big play back that is consistent and can control a game with powerful running.

RB Ronald Jones Jr. USC

Jones has size and speed and is a scary runner that should break 1,000 yards again. He could turn into a Heisman candidate.

WR Anthony Miller Sr. Memphis

WR Michael Gallup Sr. Colorado State

TE Troy Fumagalli Sr. Wisconsin

OL Jonah Williams So. Alabama

OL Martez Ivey Sr. Florida

OL Sean Welsh Sr. Iowa

OL Dalton Risner Sr. Kansas State

OL Jamarco Jones Sr. Ohio State

Defense

DL Nick Bosa So. Ohio State

DL Derrick Nnadi Sr. Florida State

DL Josh Sweat Jr. Florida State

DL Trenton Thompson Jr. Georgia

LB Rashaan Evans Sr. Alabama

LB Roquan Smith Jr. Georgia

LB Jordan Jones Jr. Kentucky

DB Ronnie Harrison Jr. Alabama

DB Greg Stroman Sr. Virginia Tech

DB Rashad Fant Sr. Indiana

DB D.J. Reed Jr. Kansas State

Special Teams

K Emmit Carpenter Jr. Minnesota

P Michael Dickson Jr. Texas

R Christian Kirk Jr. Texas A&M