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College Hotline - Pac-12 football: The Hotline’s 2015 all-conference team and award winners

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    The Pac-12 will announce its 2015 all-conference teams Tuesday at noon, with the award winners unveiled at 6 p.m. on the Pac-12 Networks.

    I’ll call my shots ahead in order to take credit when correct and, when wrong, fault the coaches for poor selections.

    I’ve deviated a tad from the standard position lineup in order to account for the prevalence of spread offenses and the defenses used to counter the spread:

    You’ll see three receivers, four linebackers and five defensive backs.

    (The conference, I believe, will simply pick 22-man teams.)

    Bottom line: if everyone agrees with the selections below, I’d be worried.

    Don’t expect that to be a problem, however.

    Offensive Player of the Year: Stanford QB Kevin Hogan. Hogan, not Christian McCaffrey, has been the MVP of the league’s top team. Chosen over Oregon’s Vernon Adams, who was sensational, because Hogan played every game, Adams missed two (plus most of a third), and that was the difference in the North.

    Defensive Player of the Year: Oregon DL DeForest Buckner. Best player in the conference, offense, defense, special teams, whatever.

    Coach of the Year: Washington State’s Mike Leach. Considered Washington’s Chris Petersen, Stanford’s David Shaw and USC’s Clay Helton. But Leach gets the edge for the details (preparation and tactics) and the big stuff (making the Cougars relevant).

    Offensive Freshman of the Year: UCLA QB Josh Rosen. Also considered Washington RB Myles Gaskin and USC TB Ronald Jones, who has an OPOY award in his future (2017, if I had to guess). Rosen has played well for a vet and fabulously for a true freshman.

    Defensive Freshman of the Year: USC LB Cameron Smith. Was The Trojans’ top tackler when he suffered a season-ending knee injury a few weeks ago. Offered a drop-the-mic performance against Utah.

    *** OFFENSE

    QB: Stanford’s Kevin Hogan
    RB: Oregon’s Royce Freeman
    RB: Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey
    WR: USC’s JuJu Smith-Schuster
    WR: Washington State’s Gabe Marks
    WR: UCLA’s Jordan Payton
    TE: Stanford’s Austin Hooper
    OL: Oregon’s Tyler Johnstone
    OL: Stanford’s Joshua Garnett
    OL: UCLA’s Jake Brendel
    OL: USC’s Zach Banner
    OL: Stanford’s Kyle Murphy

    *** DEFENSE

    DL: Oregon’s DeForest Buckner
    DL: Cal’s Kyle Kragen
    DL: UCLA’s Kenny Clark
    DL: Washington State’s Destiny Vaeao
    LB: ASU’s Antonio Longino
    LB: Stanford’s Blake Martinez
    LB: USC’s Su’a Cravens
    LB: Utah’s Gionni Paul
    DB: ASU’s Jordan Simone
    DB: Washington’s Budda Baker
    DB: Washington State’s Shalom Luani
    DB: Utah’s Marcus Williams
    DB: Washington’s Sidney Jones


    K: Utah’s Andy Phillips
    P: Utah’s Tom Hackett
    RS: USC’s Adoree Jackson
    AP: Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey


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    it can only mean 1 thing.

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