QB: Cody Kessler – USC; Bakersfield, California 6-1, 215 Sr: In a down year for the Pac 12 and the USC Trojans, Kessler is still a quality Quarterback. He had a much better junior year statistically and the Trojans looked to be coming in 2015 to challenge for national honors. Not so much as the Trojans did win the Pac 12 South, but they lost 5 games. Kessler did throw for 3,315 yards and 28 Touchdowns. Kessler has one more game at USC, but leaves with 10,000 yards passing and almost 90 Touchdowns passing. But, it’s not all just about stats or the Washington State Quarterbacks would be the All Conference Quarterback every season.
QB: Jared Goff – California; Novato, California 6-4, 215 Jr: Goff has been viewed by many as the top Quarterback in the nation as an NFL prospect. He is a 3 year starter at Cal and was much like
UCLA true freshman, Josh Rosen, this season in that he came into the college football world and never missed a beat from his high school playing days. Much credit has to be given to Goff for making Cal bowl eligible this season after several bad years in Berkeley. Goff threw for 4,252 yards and 38 Touchdowns in 2015 with a bowl game remaining. Goff got a little bit better each and every season as the California Golden Bear Quarterback and should be a 1st round draft pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
RB: Christian McCaffrey – Stanford; Castle Rock, Colorado 6-0, 200 Soph: I have been blogging about McCaffrey and his family since last season: McCaffrey Family With a bowl game remaining, McCaffrey has 1,847 yards rushing and 8 Touchdowns. McCaffrey does everything but play defense for Stanford and do not give head coach David Shaw any ideas.
RB: Royce Freeman – Oregon; Imperial, California 6-0, 235 Soph: Dominating power back with speed that should get more publicity than he does. He shocked the nation last year as a true freshman and then improved that this year with over 1,700 rushing yards. He scored 14 Touchdowns on the ground, but he’s also an excellent receiver out of the backfield
RB: Devontae Booker – Utah; Sacramento, California 5-11, 215 Sr: The senior and former Junior College transfer did not have the same season he had last year, but he still ran for 1,261 yards and 11 Touchdowns. But, he also caught 37 passes out of the backfield.
RB: Paul Perkins – UCLA; Queen Creek, Arizona 5-11, 210 Jr: Extremely quick and talented
Running Back that exploded onto the scene last year. The Bruins recruited some other talented RB’s the past 2 years including the nation’s bet Saso Jamabo this past year and they took a few carries away from Perkins. But, he still ran for 1,275 yards and 13 Touchdowns and caught 27 passes and another score.
WR: JuJu Smith-Schuster – USC; Long Beach, California 6-2, 215 Soph: My pick as the top receiver in the country. Smith-Schuster is as explosive as they come and a sure fire big play guy. After a sensational true freshman season in 2014, he followed that up with a really nice sophomore season and 85 receptions good for 1,389 yards and 10 Touchdowns.
WR: Nelson Spruce – Colorado; Westlake Village, California 6-2, 210 Sr: One of the top producing Wide Receivers in the country the past couple of seasons. Spruce hauled in 89 receptions for 1,053 yards and 4 Touchdowns. That was after catching 106 last season and 55 in 2013.
WR: Gabe Marks – Washington State; Venice, California 6-0, 190 Jr: In one of the most prolific passing offenses in the country, Marks is their top receiver with 99 receptions. His catches totaled 1,125 yards and 14 Touchdowns. Marks also returned punts a little for the surging Cougars.
WR: Jordan Payton -UCLA ; Santa Monica, California 6-1, 210 SR: UCLA’s big play Wide Receiver that hauled in 75 passes for 1,069 yards and 4 Touchdowns from freshman Quarterback Josh Rosen in the 2015 season.
WR: Kenny Lawler – California; Pomona, California 6-3, 195 Jr: Lawler was not the top producing WR in the Pac 12, but he was a big time play maker and Touchdown producer for Goff and the Bears. He hauled in 47 passes for 583 yards and 10 Touchdowns in 2015. As far as I know, he hasn’t
declared for the NFL as of yet, but I expect him to leave with Goff and he is the dream sized NFL receiver in today’s game. He has outstanding hands and good enough speed.
TE: Stephen Anderson – California; San Jose, California 6-3, 230 Sr: Undersized but reliable target for Jared Goff this past season. He caught 40 passes for 460 yards and 2 Touchdowns. His numbers are actually down from last season, but he has been a dependable receiver for Cal over the past 2 seasons. Nobody is going to get him mixed up with a Gronkowski, and his measurements are probably stretched, but he has been a solid TE for Cal.
TE: Joshua Perkins – Washington; Cerritos, California 6-4, 225 Sr: The Huskies second leading receiver in 2015 with 33 catches for 470 yards and 3 Touchdowns. Slightly undersized to be a great blocker, but he is good in the passing game.
OT: Kyle Murphy – Stanford; San Clemente, California; 6-7, 300 Sr: Very highly recruited player that the Cardinal landed at the same time as Andrus Peat and Joshua Garnett. Murphy started at Right Tackle and then moved over this season to take over the Left Tackle spot and replace 1st round pick, Peat. One of the best in America and paved the way for Christian McCaffrey.
OT: Lene Maiava – Arizona; Fagatogo, American Samoa 6-5, 300 Sr: He started at Offensive Guard last season and moved to Right Tackle before this season started. If he gets a shot at the NFL, it will probably be back at Guard.
OT: Tyler Johnstone – Oregon: Chandler, Arizona 6-6, 295 Sr: What’s with Chandler, Arizona and producing football players and especially Offensive Linemen? He started as a redshirt freshman in
2012, started again in 2013, but missed 2014 due to injury. `He bounced back this season well enough for All Conference status.
OT: Stephane Nembot – Colorado: Van Nuys, California 6-7, 325 Sr: Excellent Left Tackle for the Colorado Buffaloes. He came to Colorado as a Defensive Lineman but had to switch to Offense because of injuries and had been really good.
OG: Christian Westerman – Arizona State: Chandler, Arizona 6-4, 300 Sr: Westerman was a 5 star prospect coming out of Chandler a few years back and he signed with Auburn. Many considered him a bust, but he transferred to Arizona State and has come into his own. The strongest guy on the team and he can mash people in the run game while protecting the passer. He is a beast.
OG: Joshua Garnett – Stanford; Puyallup, Washington 6-5, 320 Sr: One of the very best Offensive Guards in the country and teamed with Peat last season and Murphy this year to form an above average Left side of the line. A former high 4 star to 5 star recruit and on a different level than most.
OG: Vi Teofilo – Arizona State: Phoenix, Arizona 6-3, 315 Sr: 4 year starter for the Sun Devils and a very hard worker by all accounts. He made some All Pac 12 teams as a junior and deserves to be there again as a junior in spite of a disappointing year in Tempe.
OG: Damien Mama – USC: Moreno Valley, California 6-4, 355 Soph: The Trojans had a hugely disappointing season and a lot of injury problems. But, man mountain Mama held up better than most. He was a part of a sensational recruiting class a year ago which saw 4 true freshmen in the
Offensive Line starting at times.
OC: Jake Brendel – UCLA: Plano, Texas 6-4, 305 Sr: 4 year starter at Center for the Bruins and he has been a team leader. He was named 2nd team All conference as a Junior and some had him there this season as well.
OC: Matt Hegarty – Oregon; Aztec, New Mexico Sr: Senior transfer from Notre Dame that played a considerable amount for the Irish before losing his starting job to Nick Martin. He was an immediate impact at Oregon.
DE: DeForest Buckner – Oregon; Waianae, Hawaii 6-7, 300 Sr: Say what you will about the Oregon defense and it’s probably true, but Buckner is the real deal. Buckner teamed with first round draft pick Arik Armstead last season and Buckner was the far more productive with the same amount of potential. Buckner was the Ducks’ second leading tackler and also led the team in sacks and tackles for loss. Look for Buckner to go pretty early in the next NFL Draft. Pro teams can never get enough 300 pound Defensive Linemen that can move. He has an interesting story which you can read here: http://collegefootballcrazy.com/deforest-buckner-oregon/
DE: Reggie Gilbert – Arizona; Laveen, Arizona 6-4, 265 Sr: Arizona is not big on defense, but Gilbert was their best player after the loss of Scooby Wright. After winning the Pac 12 South a year ago, this was a very disappointing season for the Wildcats seeing them finish up 6-6. All of the top Wildcat tacklers were Defensive Backs which does not speak well for their Defensive Linemen outside of Gilbert.
DE: Jason Fanaika – Utah: Pleasant Grove, Utah 6-3, 270 Sr: The Utes did not have quite the
defense that they did a year ago, but Fanaika was something of a force up front with 50 tackles and 9.5 tackles for loss.
DE: Kyle Kragen – California; Danville, California 6-2, 245 Sr: Not known as a defensive powerhouse, the Cal Bears still had a couple of good players and they played well at times this past season. Kragen is their second leading tackler as a Defensive End and led the team in Quarterback sacks and tackles for loss.
DT: Kenny Clark – UCLA; San Bernardino, California 6-3, 310 Jr: Clark is one of the top Defensive Linemen in the country. Very much equal against both the run and the pass and is the Bruin’s second leading tackler. He also had 9 tackles for loss and 5 Quarterback sacks. He probably leaves the Bruin’s after the season is over and is drafted fairly early in the draft.
DT: Tashon Smallwood – Arizona State: Fresno, California 6-1, 280 Soph: Fireplug of a Defensive Tackle that plugs the middle for the Sun Devils. He finished with 42 tackles with 8.5 for loss and 2 Quarterback sacks.
DT: Delvon Simmons – USC; McKeesport, Pennsylvania 6-5, 295 Sr: Simmons originally signed with Texas Tech, but transferred to USC and was their most consistent Defensive Lineman this season. He finished with 46 total tackles with 8.5 tackles for loss and 4 Quarterback sacks.
DT: Alex Balducci – Oregon: Portland, Oregon 6-4, 310 Sr: Solid Defensive Tackle/Nose Guard for the Ducks. He’s much better against the run than the pass.
LB: Blake Martinez – Stanford; Tucson, Arizona 6-2, 245 Sr: Team leader and one of the top
Linebackers in the country. He lead the Cardinal and the Pac 12 in total tackles. Obviously, a very smart player that’s in the right place most of the time and comes with attitude. He’s very aggressive and a hard hitter.
LB: Cameron Smith – USC; Roseville, California 6-2, 245 Fr: True freshman Middle Linebacker led the team in tackles during the 10 games that he started before being lost for the season. In one game, he completely turned the game around by intercepting 3 passes, returning 1 for a Touchdown and getting close with the other 2. Smith reminds of the old school USC Linebackers like Riki Ellison that all wore the same number 35. Big, strong and fast MLB with a bright future.
LB: Gionni Paul – Utah; Winter Haven, Florida 6-0, 225 Sr: The former Miami Hurricane transferred to Utah and led the team in tackles in 2015. Very aggressive Linebacker in the same way you would expect from a Hurricane type of player from the old days. http://collegefootballcrazy.com/gionni-paul-utah/
LB: Hardy Nickerson Jr – California: Oakland, California 6-0, 225 Jr: The son of 16 year veteran Linebacker with the same name, Nickerson clearly inherited many of his father’s Linebacker skills. He led the Bears in tackles this season. Hopefully, Nickerson will return for his senior season as he lacks ideal NFL LB size and hopefully his father will let him know that.
LB: Salamo Fiso – Arizona State: Long Beach, California 6-0, 235 Jr; One of the Sun Devil’s leading tacklers and it’s leader for tackles for loss. He was in his third year as a starter this season and is very aggressive and a sure tackler. Another great player from one of the nation’s best producers in Long Beach Poly.
LB: Su’a Cravens – USC; Los Angeles, California 6-1, 225 Jr: Former Safety, transitioned into an
Outside Linebacker position with ease. With the injury to top freshman, Cameron Smith, Cravens became the top tackler for the Trojans. As good of a LB find as Cravens has been for the Trojans, he more than likely leaves after this season and moves back to Safety in the NFL.
CB: Sidney Jones – Washington: Diamond Bar, California 6-0, 180 Soph: In his second season as a starter, Jones really picked it up this season recording 4 tackles and 41 tackles. He also broke up 9 passes.
CB: Arrion Springs – Oregon: San Antonio, Texas 5-11, 205 Soph: An immediate impact kind of guy with 12 passes broken up and 50 total tackles in 2015. He has huge potential and will continue to improve.
CB: Ishmael Adams – UCLA: Woodland Hills, California 5-8, 190 Jr: Lightening quick Cornerback that I have been pushing on this blog since before the 2014 season. He got into some trouble before the season began which clouded his character a bit. But, on the field, he is an incredible player. You can read my earlier post about Adams and Running Back Paul Perkins here: http://collegefootballcrazy.com/uclas-number-24s/
CB: Adoree Jackson – USC: Belleville, Illinois 5-11, 185 Soph: As a Cornerback, I had Jackson as my number one guy when the season began. But, I truly believe he had tired legs during the season and he got beaten badly by Notre Dame All American WR Will Fuller. However, Jackson is still an elite talent that plays CB and WR and returns Punts and Kicks. He had 2 punt returns for scores this season after taking over for the departed Nelson Agholer. Jackson is one of several guys in the 2015
season that plays nearly every down.
CB: Treston Decoud – Oregon State: Covington, Louisiana 6-3, 210 Jr: Extremely tall Cornerback who should be really popular with NFL scouts because of that height. Recorded 50 tackles on a really bad team.
DB: Shalom Luani – Washington State: Masausi, American Samoa Jr: One of the bigger surprises of the 2015 season in the Pac 12 Conference was Washington State and their defense. The Cougars finished the regular season at 8-4 and as the most improved team in the conference. Luani had 86 tackles, 3 Interceptions and 6 passes broken up.
DB: Chidobe Awuzie – Colorado: San Jose, California 6-0, 195 Jr: Colorado’s leading tackler, with a couple of interceptions and 2 picks. He had 12 tackles for loss and broke up 7 passes.
DB: Tyree Robinson – Oregon: San Diego, California 6-4, 205 Soph: Naturally gifted athlete that finished the regular season with 57 total tackles and 3 Interceptions and a Touchdown return off of one of those. The Ducks have a young and talented secondary with Robinson and Springs.
DB: Budda Baker – Washington: Bellevue, Washington 5-10, 180 Soph: Baker came in with Sydney Jones and they both earned starting roles immediately. Baker is one of the team’s tacklers and picked off 2 passes.
Kick Returner: Christian McCaffrey – Stanford
Punt Returner: Dante Pettis – Washington
Kicker: Aidan Schneider – Oregon:
Punter: Tom Hackett – Utah:
Coach of the year: David Shaw – Stanford
Freshman of the year Offense: Josh Rosen – UCLA
Freshman of the year Defense: Cameron Smith – USC
Offensive Player of the Year: Christian Hackenberg – Stanford
Defensive Player of the Year: Blake Martinez – Stanford