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The All-Pac-12 Offensive 1st Team

Nikhil BaradwajSenior Analyst INovember 28, 2011

The All-Pac-12 Offensive 1st Team

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    With only one game left in the Pacific-12 schedule, the college football regular season is coming to a close.

    While UCLA and Oregon will face off for the league championship, the 10 other teams are either gearing up for bowl season or are thinking about spring practice.

    As the Pac-12 does every year, first team all-Pacific-12 teams are named. This article names who should be in the Pacific-12 offensive first team.

QB: Matt Barkley (USC Trojans)

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    I know, shocker. Everyone is clamoring for Andrew Luck to be the all-league QB, but Matt Barkley has had a better season.

    Barkley has 39 touchdowns, seven interceptions and 3,528 yards, which are all better than Luck's numbers on the year. In fact, he might have played himself to the Heisman trophy ceremony.

    What wins this honor for Barkley is the fact that he came up big against USC's toughest opponents. 

    Against Oregon, Stanford and Notre Dame, Barkley had 10 touchdowns to only two interceptions, leading his team to victories at Eugene and South Bend.

RB: John White IV (Utah Utes)

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    John White IV is one of the more underrated backs in not only the Pacific-12, but the nation, leading Utah to a solid seven-win season in their first year in the Pacific-12.

    White rushed for 1,405 yards and reached the end zone 14 times, a startling total which is comparable to Heisman hopeful David Wilson's statistics.

    White played his biggest Pacific-12 game against Washington State, where he rushed for 186 yards and got two touchdowns in an overtime win at Pullman.

    Look out for White to contend for "Player of the Year" next year, considering the fact that he is only a junior.

RB: LaMichael James (Oregon Ducks)

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    If LaMichael James remained healthy all season, he might have played himself into Heisman consideration.

    Even after missing two league games and part of the second half against Oregon State, James garnered 1,427 yards and 14 touchdowns.

    James played his biggest in the Ducks' most crucial game at Stanford, where he rushed for 146 yards and scored three touchdowns on the ground.

    James averaged a startling 7.2 yards per carry while also exhibiting his big-play ability with touchdown runs of 90, 53 and 57 yards.

RB: Chris Polk (Washington Huskies)

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    Chris Polk is not talked about nearly as much as he should, considering that he has 1,341 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on the season. 

    He is not a big-play running back, but he has been a steady offensive weapon in the Huskies' system, leading the team to seven wins and a second straight bowl game.

    Polk was at his finest against Arizona, when he rushed for 144 yards and scored four times, securing a bowl bid for his team.

    Do not forget Polk's name, considering that he is a junior and will probably stay in school for his senior year as he tries to improve his draft stock.

WR: Robert Woods (USC Trojans)

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    Woods has been one of the most dynamic offensive players of the past year, while being Matt Barkley's most reliable target. Remember, this guy is only a sophomore

    Woods has 1,292 yards receiving on 111 catches along with 13 receiving touchdowns, leading the league in catches and touchdown receptions by a wide margin.

    He exploded against Arizona, getting 255 yards and two touchdowns along with an 82-yard touchdown reception from Barkley.

    Look for Woods to be in the Heisman race next year, and he might even out due his performance of this year if he keeps improving.

WR: Keenan Allen (California Golden Bears)

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    Keenan Allen is another sophomore who played huge for California all year long. He had 1,261 yards receiving along with six touchdown receptions.

    Allen averaged a startling 14.2 yards per catch, maintaining the role of big-play receiver all year long for the Golden Bears.

    His biggest game was in a loss at Washington, where he had 10 catches, 197 yards receiving and a long 90-yard touchdown.

    Allen will be back next year and will most likely contend for "Offensive Player of the Year," while possibly leading California to an eight- to nine-win season.

TE: Coby Fleener (Stanford Cardinal)

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    Coby Fleener was possibly the only slam dunk pick on this whole team, as he led the Pacific-12 in receiving yards with 648, along with 10 touchdowns, which was the best among tight ends and fifth among all receivers.

    When Stanford needed to convert a third down or was in need of an offensive spark, Andrew Luck would have no trouble finding Fleener, who has big time NFL potential.

    In reality, Fleener plays like a receiver, and his 6'6", 244-pound frame only adds to his advantage.

Offensive Line

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    David DeCastro (Stanford Cardinal): DeCastro has broken out this year, cementing himself as one of the top guards in the nation. He was named an Outland Trophy finalist this year and looks to be a future first-round pick in this year's NFL draft.

    Jonathan Martin (Stanford Cardinal): Another one of Stanford's stud offensive linemen, who protects Andrew Luck's blindside incredibly effectively. Martin will also likely be a first-round pick, possibly landing in the top five.

    Garth Gerhart (Arizona State Sun Devils): Toby Gerhart's brother Garth has been one of the top centers in the Pacific-12 during his career with the Sun Devils. 

    Matt Kalil (USC Trojans): Matt Kalil has some great pedigree, considering that his brother Ryan is an All-Pro center with the Carolina Panthers. Kalil also figures to be a first-round pick in this year's draft and could be drafted in the top five.

    Mitchell Schwartz (California Golden Bears): He has been a fixture on the Golden Bears' offensive line for his entire career, along with being second team All-Pacific 10 last year. 

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