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Pacific Takes 2019 All-Pac-12 Teams: Utah leads way with eight first-team selections

Four teams of the best Pac-12 players from 2019.

NCAA Football: Pac-12 Conference Championship-Oregon vs Utah Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

1st Team

Offense

QB Justin Herbert Sr. Oregon - Herbert picked up his game in his last lap around the Pac-12, substantially raising his completion percentage while also throwing for more yards and touchdowns and fewer interceptions. Oh, and he also led Oregon to a Pac-12 Championship.

RB Zack Moss Sr. Utah - Another star who came back for a senior year and put together his best year. He had more than 1,300 yards with 15 scores, rushing for 6.2 per-carry. He also had 374 receiving with two scores and led the Utes to a South title.

RB Eno Benjamin Jr. Arizona State - he didn’t quite have the year he had in 2018, but he ran for more than 1,000 with 10 touchdowns and was a major receiving threat with more than 300 yards and two TDs while leading ASU to seven wins.

WR Isaiah Hodgins Jr. Oregon State - He would have had a lot more attention if he played for a team that won more games with more than 85 receptions for more than 1,100 yards and 13 TDs. He was a key part of why the Beavers were better in 2019.

WR Michael Pittman Sr. USC - He progressed the way I thought he could as a senior, pulling in nearly 100 receptions for more than 1,200 yards with 11 TDs. Probably the Pac-12’s best WR this year.

TE Hunter Bryant Jr. Washington - Bryant was healthy for a full season for the first time in his career and made the most of it as Washington’s top receiving target. He made the most of it with more than 50 receptions for more than 800 yards and three touchdowns.

OL Penei Sewell So. Oregon - There’s nothing more to really be said about Sewell that hasn’t already been said. He was easily the most-talented player on a very talented Oregon offensive line and having him healthy all season made a big difference for the Ducks.

OL Darrin Paulo Sr. Utah - Utah actually led the Pac-12 in rushing yards per-game and touchdowns by a significant margin this season. You can attribute some of that to Moss, but the line also did an underrated job of opening up holes, led by senior leader Paulo.

OL Jake Hanson Sr. Oregon - Hanson may have actually been Oregon’s most-important offensive lineman, as they struggled mightily to run the ball when he missed games and a massive amount of their key runs came up the middle off his blocks in big games/moments.

OL Nick Harris Sr. Washington - The rock of a Washington offensive line that was very good at times this year and paved the way for 150 yards per-game and 21 touchdowns.

OL Austin Jackson Jr. USC - he progressed from a talented young player into a soon to possibly be a Top 10 pick and one of the best linemen in the Pac-12.

Defense

DL Bradlee Anae Sr. Utah - Anae was a terror off the edge all season and also more than stout in run defense. He finished with 13.5 TFLs and 12.5 sacks.

DL Leki Fotu Sr. Utah- The massive run stuffer held down the middle for the Utes all season, rarely having teams even try to run against him.

DL John Penisini Sr. Utah - The other run-stuffing defensive tackle who dominated the middle for the Utes all season. He also pulled down two sacks and caused two fumbles.

DL Jay Tufele So. USC - Tufele is probably the most-talented defensive lineman in the conference and it might not even be close. He stepped up as a sophomore, finishing with 35 tackles, 5.5 TFLs and 3.5 sacks as a DT.

LB Evan Weaver Sr. Cal - What else to say about Weaver? He might have been the conference’s best player at any position in 2019 and he would have been a bigger award candidate had Cal not fallen off. He finished with 172 tackles 11.5 TFLs and was constantly getting pressure on QBs all season.

LB Casey Toohill Sr. Stanford - he was a terror in front seven all season and a throwback Stanford LB from their recent glory days. He had more than 50 tackles and 11.5 TFLs and eight sacks.

LB Hamilcar Rashed Jr. Oregon State - He was relentless off the edge this year, totaling 22.5 TFLs and 14 sacks. Maybe the conference’s best pass rusher.

DB Julian Blackmon Sr. Utah - The All-Pac-12 corner turned down the NFL for a year and excelled at safety. He finished with 60 tackles, 4 TFLs, 4 ints, and 4 PDs.

DB Paulson Adebo Jr. Stanford - I thought Adebo was overrated going into 2019. I was wrong. When healthy, he was a lockdown corner with 4 ints and 10 PDs.

DB Jaylon Johnson Jr. Utah - He maybe wasn’t quite at his 2018 level, but he had a great season. He had 11 PDs and 2 ints, including a pick six that won them the Washington game, and ultimately the South division.

DB Terrell Burgess Sr. Utah - He blew up as a senior and turned into one of the best players in the entire conference after being a supporting player his first three years at Utah. He had 75 tackles, 6 TFLs, 5 PDs, and an int.

Special Teams

K Blake Mazza So. Washington State - he was nearly perfect, making 20 of 21 field goals.

P Michael Turk So. Arizona State - One of the nation’s best punters was an incredible asset for ASU, averaging 46 yards per-punt.

R Brandon Aiyuk Sr. Arizona State - He was consistent and explosive as a returner, including taking a punt back for a TD.

Second Team

Offense

QB Tyler Huntley Sr. Utah - Huntley came full circle as a senior, stayed healthy, and lit up the conference. He threw for an amazing 73% completion percentage with nearly 3,000 yards and 18 TDs and just four ints while also running well and leading Utah to a South title.

RB Joshua Kelley Sr. UCLA - He was prolific in Chip Kelly’s offense again even though he was battling injuries early in the season. He ran for 1,000 yards again and scored 13 TDs.

RB Max Borghi So. Washington State - One of the most-dynamic playmakers in the country, Borghi blew up in 2019. His stats were crazy, rushing for nearly 800 yards, at 6.5 per-carry, and 11 TDs while also catching 81 passes for 566 yards and 4 TDs.

WR Easop Winston Sr. Washington State - he was unstoppable at times this season and finished with 80 receptions for nearly 1,000 yards and 11 TDs.

WR Brandon Aiyuk Sr. Arizona State - Crazy explosive and clutch, he was dynamite for the Sun Devil offense, finishing with more than 1,100 yards and 8 TDs.

TE Brant Kuithe So. Utah - He turned into a star as the season went on and was super dynamic late in the year. He had 31 receptions for 500+ yards and six TDs and also ran for three scores.

OL Alijah Vera-Tucker So. USC - The talented young lineman graded out very well and looks to be a star in the making on the interior of their line.

OL Shane Lemeiux Sr. Oregon - Lemeiux was right next to Sewell all season holding it down as the best guard in the conference. He was especially deadly in run blocking again, opening up holes, time and time again.

OL Abraham Lucas So. Washington State - One of the best pass blockers in the nation

OL Cohl Cabral Sr. Arizona State - The key man for a lot of Eno Benjamin yardage. A tough road grader inside for the Sun Devils.

OL Orlando Umana Jr. Utah - go back to Utah actually being the Pac-12’s best rushing team and find him in the middle at center.

Defense

DL Jordon Scott Jr. Oregon - Scott had another center as the anchor of a Duck defense that has become one of the best in the Pac-12. He was huge on key plays for them.

DL Levi Onwuzurike Jr. Washington - He might be the conference’s best DT for getting into the backfield. He had 41 tackles, five for-loss, great for a DT.

DL Jermayne Lole So. Arizona State - he was amazing on the edge for the Sun Devils, finishing with more than 60 tackles, 8.5 TFLs, and five sacks.

DL Joe Tryon So. Washington - he came on strong at the end of the season and was one of the best edge defenders in the conference, finishing with 12 TFLs and eight sacks.

LB Francis Bernard Sr. Utah - the BYU transfer emerged as a standout on Utah’s stellar defense. He had 83 tackles, 7.5 TFLs, and 2 ints, with one for a TD against BYU.

LB Nate Landman Jr. Colorado - Another season of quietly being a standout LB. He finished with more than 100 tackles again and 8 TFLs, 2 sacks, an int and 4 PDs.

LB Colin Schooler Jr. Arizona - Arizona was terrible, but Schooler was again a really good LB. He had nearly 100 tackles and 11 TFLs.

DB Elijah Molden Jr. Washington - he continued to look like another Budda Baker at Washington. 70 tackles, five for-loss, three ints, and 12 PDs, he racked up huge numbers.

DB Ashtyn Davis Sr. Cal - he owned the back of one of the nation’s best pass defenses again. His numbers weren’t huge, but he finished with 55 tackles, 2 ints, and 4 PDs.

DB Myles Bryant Sr. Washington - One last run for Bryant and it was his best. He was the leader of the Husky defense, finishing with 58 tackles, 4.5 TFLs and two ints.

DB Camryn Bynum Jr. Cal - He had one pick and 7 PDs, but a lot of that has to do with how rarely teams threw at him and he was also great in run defense, with 55 tackles.

Special Teams

K Peyton Henry So. Washington - he stepped up as a sophomore, knocking down 18 out of 20 field goals and never missing an extra point.

P Joel Whitford Sr. Washington - a key part of Washington’s defense, he averaged 44.8 yards per-punt and boomed a 67 yarder.

R Mykael Wright So. Oregon - He didn’t return a ton of kicks, but he took two to the house in huge moments against USC and Oregon State.

Third Team

Offense

QB Anthony Gordon Sr. Washington State

RB Salvon Ahmed Jr. Washington

RB CJ Verdell So. Oregon

WR Amon-Ra St. Brown So. USC

WR Tyler Vaughns Jr. USC

TE Devin Asiasi Jr. UCLA

OL Jaxson Kirkland So. Washington

OL Blake Brandel Sr. Oregon State

OL Calvin Throckmorton Sr. Oregon

OL Orlando Umana Jr. Utah

OL Trey Adams Sr. Washington

Defense

DL Osa Odighizuwa Jr. UCLA

DL Marlon Tuipulotu So. USC

DL Mustafa Johnson Jr. Colorado

DL Drake Jackson Fr. USC

LB Kuony Deng Jr. Cal

LB Cameron Goode Jr. Cal

LB Troy Dye Sr. Oregon

DB Demmodore Lenoir Jr. Oregon

DB Jevon Holland So. Oregon

DB Talanoa Hufanga So. USC

DB Thomas Graham Jr. Oregon

Special Teams

K Chase McGrath So. USC

P Alex Kinney Sr. Colorado

R Travell Harris So. Washington State

Honorable Mention

Offense

QB Jayden Daniels Fr. Arizona State

RB Artavis Pierce Sr. Oregon State

RB Alex Fontenot So. Colorado

WR Brandon Arconado Sr. Washington State

WR Laviska Shenault Jr. Colorado

TE Colby Parkinson Jr. Stanford

OL Nick Ford Jr. Utah

OL Jared Hilbers Sr. Washington

OL Arlington Hambright Sr. Colorado

OL Gus Lavaka Sr. Oregon State

OL Michael Saffell Jr. Cal

Defense

DL Ryan Bowman Jr. Washington

DL Benning Potoa’e Sr. Washington

DL Nnamdi Oguayo Sr. Washington State

DL Thomas Booker So. Stanford

LB Krys Barnes Sr. UCLA

LB Devin Lloyd So. Utah

LB John Houston Sr. USC

DB Jack Jones Jr. Arizona State

DB Josh Nurse Sr. Utah

DB Tareke Lewis Sr. Utah

DB Nick Pickett Jr. Oregon

Special Teams

K Christian Zendejas So. Arizona State

P Blake Maimone Sr. Oregon

R Aaron Fuller Sr. Washington