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2018 Pacific Takes Midseason All-Pac-12 Teams: Oregon leads with seven first team selections

It’s been a strange first half of the season for the Pac-12’s top talent.

Colorado v USC Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images

1st Team

QB Justin Herbert Jr. Oregon - Herbert isn’t the conference’s most-prolific QB, but he’s its most-efficient and he has the Ducks in a great place to win the conference halfway through the season. He’s the first quarterback off the board if you asked Pac-12 teams to redraft QBs.

RB Jermar Jefferson Fr. Oregon State - Jefferson has blown past the household names of Love and Gaskin and rushed for 856 yards and 12 touchdowns in the first half of the season.

RB Eno Benjamin So. Arizona State - Another young back that exploded out of nowhere, Benjamin already has 715 yards and seven scores along with a receiving TD.

WR Laviska Shenault So. Colorado - This guy has been unstoppable so far this season and should be a Heisman candidate. He has 60 receptions for 780 yards and six scores and has also scored five rushing TDs, sometimes seeming like he’s Colorado’s entire offense.

WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside Sr. Stanford - The big receiver has been a nightmare in the red zone. He has more than 500 yards receiving and eight scores already, with many of them coming on big plays in crunch time.

TE Drew Sample Sr. Washington - Sample’s receiving stats are pretty good for a tight end - 16 receptions for 191 yards and a touchdown, but blocking is what makes him a first-team selection. He’s basically an All-Pac-12 lineman for the Huskies.

OL Kaleb McGary Sr. Washington - Losing his fellow All-Pac-12 tackle Trey Adams really hurt Washington’s offensive line overall, but McGary’s having another standout year at right tackle.

OL Shane Lemeiux Jr. Oregon - Oregon’s young line has officially grown up and Lemeiux has played the best of any of them this year.

OL Calvin Throckmorton Jr. Oregon - Another grown up standout on the Oregon offensive line, he’s versatile and will likely play left tackle a lot of the rest of the season with Penei Sewell out.

OL Jake Hanson Jr. Oregon - The centerpiece of Oregon’s offensive line. He’s keyed their strong run game up the middle.

OL Andre Dillard Sr. Washington State - One of the best pass blockers in the country, following in the footsteps of Joe Dahl, Cody O’Connell and Cole Madison.

Defense

DL Porter Gustin Sr. USC - Looks like Gustin will miss the rest of the season, but he was the conference’s best pass rusher in the first half of it.

DL Greg Gaines Sr. Washington - The conference’s best run stuffer has been impossible to move yet again and regularly takes up two blockers on every play.

DL Jalen Jelks Sr. Oregon - He hasn’t quite been as electric as he was in 2017, but he’s brought a lot of pressure off the edge and stuffed runs in the backfield this season.

DL Bradlee Anae Jr. Utah - He probably takes over for Gustin as the conference’s scariest pass rusher as the season goes on. He has 4.5 sacks and 6 tackles for-loss thus far this season.

LB Ben Burr-Kirven Sr. Washington - BBK is having one of the most prolific tackling years in college football history.

LB Justin Hollins Sr. Oregon - He’s topped Jelks and Troy Dye as Oregon’s best explosive defender. He already has nine tackles for-loss and four sacks along with an interception.

LB Chase Hansen Sr. Utah - He’s having a breakout year at linebacker, already tallying up 11 tackles for-loss, four sacks, and a pick six.

DB Taylor Rapp Jr. Washington - Rapp’s been everywhere on defense for the Huskies and is somehow a star for them in run defense, defending passes downfield, and rushing the passer, with three sacks already.

DB Byron Murphy So. Washington - Murphy has played super physical in 2018 and been great in run and pass defense. The conference’s best CB NFL prospect as just a sophomore.

DB Ugo Amadi Sr. Oregon - He already has three interceptions and has also been great around the line of scrimmage when needed.

DB Julian Blackmon Jr. Utah - He has already knocked away six passes and is ultra physical, just like the rest of the Utah defense.

Special Teams

K J.J. Molson Jr. UCLA

P Mitch Wishnowsky Sr. Utah

R Ashtyn Davis Jr. Cal

Second Team

Offense

QB Gardner Minshew Sr. Washington State

RB Zack Moss Jr. Utah

RB Myles Gaskin Sr. Washington

WR N’Keal Harry Jr. Arizona State

WR Dillon Mitchell Jr. Oregon

TE Kaden Smith Jr. Stanford

OL Chuma Edoga Sr. USC

OL Jackson Barton Sr. Utah

OL Nick Harris Jr. Washington

OL Layth Friekh Sr. Arizona

OL Casey Tucker Sr. Arizona State

Defense

DL Leki Fotu Jr. Utah

DL Jaylen Johnson Sr. Washington

DL Jordon Scott So. Oregon

DL Mustafa Johnson So. Colorado

LB Bobby Okereke Sr. Stanford

LB Colin Schooler So. Arizona

LB Cameron Smith Sr. USC

DB Jordan Miller Sr. Washington

DB Jalen Thompson Jr. Washington State

DB Chase Lucas So. Arizona State

DB Alameen Murphy Sr. Stanford

Special Teams

K Jet Toner Jr. Stanford

P Jake Bailey Sr. Stanford

R J.J. Taylor So. Arizona