Midseason All-Pac-12 Football Team

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Midseason All-Pac-12 Football Team
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Time for our first annual Midseason Team, and you can already see some shakeups from our preseason team, most notably Jake Locker getting cut from the team.

Locker's numbers would probably look better if Jermaine Kearse didn't lead the Pac in drops with nine, but you take the good with the bad, and he's been productive when he holds on to the ball.

The tight ends in the conference haven't been used as much as they have in the past, but Coby Fleener of Stanford has been consistent catching the ball and solid in run blocking.

 

First Team

Offense

QB Andrew Luck Stanford
RB LaMichael James Oregon
RB Shane Vereen Cal
WR Juron Criner Arizona
WR Jermaine Kearse Washington
TE Coby Fleener Stanford
OL Bo Thran Oregon
OL Adam Grant Arizona
OL David DeCastro Stanford
OL Butch Lewis USC
OL Ryan Taylor UCLA

 

Perhaps the biggest surprise on the first team defense is the freshman Justin Washington making the team. He benefits from playing alongside two of the conference's best defensive ends in Brooks Reed and Ricky Elmore, but he's taken advantage of his opportunities.

Mason Foster will lead the conference in tackles this year because the Husky defense will struggle to get off the field, but Akeem Ayers plays a bigger role in the success of UCLA.

Sophomore Cliff Harris of the Oregon Ducks leads the conference with four interceptions and has a couple punt returns for touchdown this year, so he makes the list as a cornerback and punt returner.

Defense

DL Brooks Reed Arizona
DL Jurrell Casey USC
DL Justin Washington Arizona
DL Kenny Rowe Oregon
OLB Mason Foster Washington
MLB Vontaze Burfict Arizona St
OLB Akeem Ayers UCLA
CB Cliff Harris Oregon
CB James Dockery Oregon St
S Rahim Moore UCLA
S T.J. McDonald USC
     
PR Cliff Harris Oregon
KR Travis Cobb Arizona

 

For the second team, Matt Barkley got the nod over Nick Foles. Barkley has been impressive in his last few games and absolutely torched a solid Cal defense yesterday.

Leaving Jacquizz Rodgers off the list might surprise some people, but he just hasn't produced like the team needs him to. Part of the problem is the offensive line, and combined with an inconsistent passing game, opposing defenses can stack the box.

Robert Woods makes the list over his teammate Ronald Johnson, and he's quickly becoming one of the top wide receivers of the conference.


Second Team

Offense

   
     
QB Matt Barkley USC
RB Johnathan Franklin UCLA
FB Stanley Havili USC
WR Jeff Maehl Oregon
WR Robert Woods USC
TE Joe Halahuni Oregon St
OL Zane Taylor Utah
OL Carson York Oregon
OL Chase Beeler Stanford
OL Mitchell Schwartz Cal
OL Colin Baxter Arizona
   


Defense

DL Ricky Elmore Arizona
DL Brandon Bair Oregon
DL Travis Long WSU
MLB Shane Skov Stanford
MLB Mychal Kendricks Cal
MLB Casey Matthews Oregon
OLB Sean Westgate UCLA
CB Omar Bolden Arizona St
CB Darian Hagan Cal
S Delano Howell Stanford
S Lance Mitchell Oregon St
     
PR Ronald Johnson USC
KR Kyle Middlebrooks ASU

 

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