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2018 Pacific Takes Pac-12 All-Freshman team: USC leads the way with five first-team selections

Two teams of Pac-12 standout freshmen

NCAA Football: Oregon State at Washington Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

First Team


QB J.T. Daniels USC - The whiz kid had a solid year. Not a great year, but he’s on track to be a future All-Pac-12 QB.

RB Jermar Jefferson Oregon State - He was arguably the conference’s best running back as just a true freshman.

RB C.J. Verdell Oregon - Emerged as Oregon’s starter and carved up Pac-12 defenses, finishing with 975 yards and 10 TDs while also receiving for 312 yards and two TDS.

WR Amon-Ra St. Brown USC - One of the conference’s best receivers as just a true freshman. He finished with 60 catches from 750 yards with three TDs.

WR Jaylen Dixon Utah - A speedy playmaker who had nearly 500 yards receiving, a touchdown and averaged 20 yards per-catch.

TE Cade Otton Washington - He might already be the conference’s best blocking tight end and also caught three touchdowns and had 158 yards receiving.

OL Abe Lucas Washington State - Started at right tackle all season and is already one of the conference’s best.

OL Jaxon Kirkland Washington - Stepped up as a redshirt freshman and started at right guard for the Huskies every game.

OL Penei Sewell Oregon - Was on track to maybe be a first or second-team All-Pac-12 selection before he got hurt.

OL William Sherman Colorado - Fresman starter made honorable mention All-Pac-12.

OL Nick Ford Utah - Filled in on the line quite well and looks to be a future star.


DL Jay Tufele USC - A strong presence that’s quickly turning into one of the conference’s best. Already made second-team All-Pac-12.

DL Mika Tafua Utah - The next really good Utah defensive lineman in line.

DL Marlon Tuipulotu USC - A standout next to Tufele who actually played a bit last year too before getting hurt.

DL Thomas Booker Stanford - A former five-star recruit who’s already coming into his own.

LB Merlin Robertson Arizona State - Already turning into one of the conference’s best linebackers in any class.

LB Darien Butler Arizona State - An All-Pac-12 contender as just a freshman.

LB Tyler Johnson Arizona State - Another standout freshman linebacker for the Sun Devils.

DB Paulson Adebo Stanford - Was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection.

DB Jevon Holland Oregon - Was a ballhawk as a freshman, picking off four passes.

DB Aashari Crosswell Arizona State - Talented recruit who stepped in right away and helped improve ASU’s pass defense.

DB Talanoa Hufanga USC - A five-star recruit who stepped in right away and started making a name for himself in USC’s defense.

Special Teams

K Blake Mazza Washington State - Had a good field goal percentage and made a huge kick against Stanford.

P Tom Snee Oregon - Highest pun average of any freshman who punted this year.

R Travell Harris Washington State - Was my choice for first-team All-Pac-12 returner.

2nd Team


QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson UCLA

RB Travis Dye Oregon

RB Max Borghi Washington State

WR Travell Harris Washington State

WR Stanley Berryhill III Arizona

TE Brant Kuithe Utah

OL Donovan Laie Arizona

OL Chris Murray UCLA

OL Colby Purcell Colorado

OL Steven Jones Oregon

OL Braden Daniels Utah


DL Aaron Maldonado Cal

DL Antonio Mafi UCLA

DL Otito Ogbonnia UCLA

DL Israel Antwine Colorado

LB Jalen Harris Arizona

DL Jermayn Lole Arizona State

LB Carson Wells Colorado

LB Isaiah Tufaga Oregon State

DB Kaleb Hayes Oregon State

DB Elijah Gates UCLA

DB Stephan Blaylock UCLA

Special Teams

K Peyton Henry Washington

P Luke Loecher Oregon State

R Kyle Phillips UCLA