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    Here’s the second in my series looking ahead to Pac-12 football in the ’16 season. (Order-of-finish projections are here.)

    Notes on the following:

    ** To be expected: Some selections were obvious (running back, defensive back) and some were difficult (defensive line, linebacker).

    ** I mulled the quarterback situation before settling on Washington State’s Luke Falk.

    Falk might seem like an obvious choice after receiving co-first-team honors (with Cal’s departed Jared Goff) from the coaches last season.

    But I gave strong consideration to UCLA’s Josh Rosen, arguably the most talented passer in the league, and Washington’s Jake Browning, who will lead the team best team in the toughest division (per my projections).




    ** Due to the prevalence of the spread passing game, the 3-4 defense and nickel coverage, I selected three receivers, four linebackers and five defensive backs.

    *** OFFENSE

    QB: Washington State’s Luke Falk
    RB: Oregon’s Royce Freeman
    RB: Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey
    WR: USC’s JuJu Smith-Schuster
    WR: Washington State’s Gabe Marks
    WR: Oregon State’s Victor Bolden
    TE: Stanford’s Dalton Schultz
    OL: USC’s Zach Banner
    OL: Utah’s J.J. Dielman
    OL: USC’s Chad Wheeler
    OL: Stanford’s Johnny Caspers
    OL: Washington State’s Cole Madison

    *** DEFENSE

    DL: Utah’s Lowell Lotulelei
    DL: Washington’s Greg Gaines
    DL: UCLA’s Eddie Vanderdoes
    DL: Stanford’s Solomon Thomas
    LB: Washington’s Azeem Victor
    LB: Arizona State’s Salamo Fiso
    LB: USC’s Cameron Smith
    LB: UCLA’s Deon Hollins
    DB: Washington’s Budda Baker
    DB: USC’s Adoree Jackson
    DB: Washington State’s Shalom Luani
    DB: Utah’s Marcus Williams
    DB: Washington’s Sidney Jones

    *** SPECIALISTS

    K: Oregon’s Aidan Schneider
    P: Oregon State’s Nick Porebski
    KOR: Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey
    PR: Washington’s Dante Pettis
    AP: Oregon’s Charles Nelson

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    by Jon Wilner
     

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