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2012 All Pac-12 Picks for Offensive Guards: Why USC Isn't First Team

USC is projected to be the preseason number one team in the nation this year. Quarterback Matt Barkley is the Heisman favorite. To achieve this level of consideration, USC must have a great offensive line. But neither of USC’s guards, Marcus Martin or John Martinez are my picks for First Team All-Pac-12. Why? Well let me start with the Outland Trophy Watch List.

The Outland Trophy Watch List looks for the best interior lineman. Only one offensive guard made the Outland Trophy Watch List. That was Carson York, a guard from Oregon. Carson has size and speed and will probably be playing on Sundays. He was a 4-star prospect according to Scout.com and Rivals.com. York is one of the most experienced guards in the Pac-12 and it is no wonder that he makes my pick as All Pac-12 First Team Offensive Guard.

Along with York is Washington’s Erik Kohler. He is another big, fast offensive guard who was a Scout.com and Rivals.com 4-star prospect. Although Kohler is a junior, he is projected to be drafted into the NFL like York. USC’s Marcus Martin will also probably be playing in the NFL; however, York and Kohler both hold their blocks better than Martin did as a freshman last season. The 2012 season has to be played first and Martin could surprise everyone this year. Right now, he makes second team along with John Martinez.

USC’s Matt Kalil won the Morris Trophy last year for best offensive lineman. The Morris Trophy is awarded to the best offensive and defensive lineman in the Pac-12. There is not a watch list for the Morris Trophy, but if there were, USC offensive guards Marcus Martin and John Martinez would be on it. Martin and Martinez were both solid last year and as a pair, they are the ‘best pair’ of guards in the Pac-12.

There are other Pac-12 teams who have at least one great guard in the Pac-12 conference. Here is a quick look at the preseason picks for the best Pac-12 offensive guards.

 

Early All PAC-12 First Team:

Carson York

  • Oregon Ducks
  • No. 77, 6'5", 285 lbs, senior
  • Was a Scout.com 4-star commit
  • NFL: Projected seventh round in 2013

 

Erik Kohler

  • Washington Huskies
  • No. 75, 6'5", 295 lbs, junior
  • Was a Scout.com 4-star commit
  • NFL: Projected sixth round in 2014

 

Early All PAC-12 Second Team:

Marcus Martin

  • USC Trojans
  • No. 66, 6'3", 325 lbs, sophomore
  • Was a Scout.com 3-star commit
  • NFL: Projected third round in 2015

 

John Martinez

  • USC Trojans
  • No. 59, 6'2", 305 lbs, junior
  • Was a Scout.com 4-star commit
  • NFL: Projected undrafted in 2014

 

Early All PAC-12 Third Team:

Sam Brenner

  • Utah Utes
  • No. 74, 6'4", 305 lbs, senior
  • Was a Scout.com 3-star commit
  • NFL: Projected undrafted in 2013

 

Jeff Baca

  • UCLA Bruins
  • No. 60, 6'3", 295 lbs, senior
  • Was a Scout.com 3-star commit
  • NFL: Projected undrafted in 2013

 

Early All PAC-12 Fourth Team:

Chris Ward

  • UCLA Bruins
  • No. 75, 6'4", 305 lbs, junior
  • Was a Scout.com 4-star commit
  • NFL: Projected undrafted in 2014

 

Kevin Danser

  • Stanford Cardinal
  • No. 76, 6'6", 300 lbs, senior
  • Was a Scout.com 3-star commit
  • NFL: Projected undrafted in 2013

 

Early All PAC-12 Honorable Mention:

Ryan Clanton

  • Oregon Ducks
  • No. 60, 6'5", 300 lbs, senior
  • Was a Scout.com 4-star commit
  • NFL: Projected undrafted in 2013

 

Other preseason picks:

All Pac-12 Picks for Offensive Tackles

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