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Pac-12 All-Freshman Team for 2016

Sam Darnold

Sam Darnold

The Pac-12 has produced plenty of standouts in the freshmen ranks in recent years, and the next star from this season’s crop of freshmen is clearly quarterback Sam Darnold at USC. Darnold’s emergence as the starter was a big reason why the Trojans are playing in the Rose Bowl against Penn State in January and could have this program in the mix for a playoff spot in 2017. Oregon freshman Justin Herbert also impressed late in the season and is a building block for new coach Willie Taggart. Receivers N’Keal Harry (Arizona State and Demetris Robertson (California), Oregon center Jake Hanson and Washington safety Taylor Rapp are just a few of the other freshmen that impressed this fall and will be making plenty of noise in 2017.

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With bowl games up next, it’s time to look back the 2016 season and hand out some hardware to the league’s top freshmen. 

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Which freshmen had the best year in the Pac-12 this fall? Here is the 2016 Athlon Sports Pac-12 All-Freshman Team:

Pac-12 All-Freshman Team for 2016

 

First-Team Offense

Second-Team Offense

QB

Sam Darnold USC 

Justin Herbert Oregon 

RB

James Williams Washington State 

Steven Montez (QB) Colorado 

RB

Artavis Pierce Oregon State 

Zack Moss Utah 

AP

Melquise Stovall (WR) California 

Siaosi Wilson (WR) Utah 

WR

Demetris Robertson California 

Isaiah Johnson-Mack Washington State 

WR

N'Keal Harry Arizona State 

JJ Arcega-Whiteside Stanford 

TE

Daniel Imatorbhehe USC 

Caleb Wilson UCLA 

C

Jake Hanson Oregon 

Nathan Eldridge Arizona 

OL

Tim Lynott Colorado 

Nick Harris Washington 

OL

Nate Herbig Stanford 

Brady Aiello Oregon 

OL

Gus Lavaka Oregon State 

Shane Lemieux Oregon 

OL

Calvin Throckmorton Oregon 

Blake Brandel Oregon State 

 

 

 

 

First-Team Defense

Second-Team Defense

DL

Justin Belknap Arizona 

George Lea Arizona State 

DL

Nnamdi Oguayo Washington State 

Boss Tagaloa UCLA 

DL

Rick Wade UCLA 

Dylan Jackson Stanford  

DL

Elu Aydon Oregon State 

Gary Baker Oregon 

LB

Troy Dye Oregon 

Casey Toohill Stanford 

LB

Sean Barton Stanford 

Benning Potoa'e (DL/LB) Washington 

LB

D.J. Beavers Washington 

Andrzej Hughes-Murray Oregon State 

DB

Xavier Crawford Oregon State 

Frank Buncom Stanford 

DB

Jalen Thompson Washington State 

Tristan Cooper Arizona 

DB

Taylor Rapp Washington 

Isaiah Hayes Arizona 

DB

Brenden Schooler Oregon 

Jaylinn Hawkins California 

 

 

 

 

First-Team Specialists

Second-Team Specialists

K

JJ Molson UCLA 

Davis Price Colorado 

P

Austin Kent UCLA 

N/A

KR

Anthony Julmisse Colorado 

Demetris Robertson California 

PR

Dillon Mitchell Oregon 

J.J. Taylor Arizona