August 17, 2007

Rivals.com Preseason All-Pac-10 Teams

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2007 Rivals.com Preseason All-Pac-10 First Team
OFFENSEDEFENSE
QB
: John David Booty
USC, Sr.
With new wideouts and a crowded backfield, Booty will be the focal point of USC's offense. He led the Pac-10 with 3,347 yards and 29 touchdown passes last season. However, receivers Dwayne Jarrett and Steve Smith leave big shoes to fill. If Booty has a similar season with a new supporting cast, he could join USC's growing list of Heisman Trophy winners.
DE
: Lawrence Jackson
USC, Jr.
Jackson was another of USC's top players who opted to return to school rather than enter the NFL Draft. He can be a dominant lineman, but he'll hope for a better start than last year when he went without a sack until the ninth game of the season.
RB
: Yvenson Bernard
Oregon State, Sr.
Bernard is the Pac-10's workhorse back - he has 595 carries over the last two years. Bernard's 2,628 yards over the last two seasons trail only Ray Rice, Steve Slaton and Darren McFadden.
DE
: Bruce Davis
UCLA, Sr.
Davis is the nation's returning leader in sacks after posting 12.5 last season. The 6-foot-3, 234-pound pass rusher will have to prove he can do it on his own now that teammate Justin Hickman (12.5 sacks) is gone.
RB
: Ryan Torain
Arizona State, Sr.
Torain quietly had one of the best seasons in school history and one of the best rookie seasons in Pac-10 history. His 1,229 rushing yards were the best by a Sun Devil since ASU joined the Pac-10. It was also the best year by a newcomer to conference since Corey Dillon in 1996.
DT
: Sedrick Ellis
USC, Jr.
Ellis should be in the running for All-America honors this season. The junior has started the last two years for the Trojans, and has accumulated nine sacks and 16 tackles for a loss in his two-year career.
WR
: DeSean Jackson
Cal, Jr.
In two seasons, Jackson has become the Pac-10's most dynamic playmaker. He finished last year with 1,060 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. He also had a streak of eight consecutive games (over a span of two seasons) with a touchdown catch.
DT
: Brigham Harwell
UCLA, Sr.
The 6-foot-3, 299-pound Harwell anchors the Bruins' rush defense, which led the Pac-10 last year and finished in the top 10 nationally. Harwell has 18 tackles for losses in his two seasons as a starter.
WR
: Sammie Stroughter
Oregon State, Sr.
At this writing, Stroughter has been absent from practice for more than a week in order to deal with "personal issues." If he returns, he definitely belongs on this team. Stroughter emerged last year as one of the Pac-10's most effective players. He went into 2006 with five career catches but finished the season with 74 for 1,293 yards and five touchdowns. He is also a dynamic special teams player.
LB
: Keith Rivers
USC, Sr.
Rivers led the Trojans in tackles (85) last year as a junior, and he is the leader of the nation's best linebacking corps. Because of his speed, he is often listed as one of the best outside linebackers in the nation.
TE
: Fred Davis
USC, Sr.
Closer to a wide receiver than a true tight end, Davis is Booty's most veteran target in the passing game. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Davis caught 38 passes for 352 yards and three touchdowns last year.
LB
: Rey Maualuga
USC, Jr.
The man in the middle gives USC's linebackers their mean streak. Maualuga is a devastating hitter who had 78 tackles and five tackles for a loss last year.
OT
: Sam Baker
USC, Sr.
USC's offense got a major boost when Baker spurned the NFL Draft to return to Los Angeles. Baker has placed on a Rivals.com All-America team each year of his career: He was a first-team Freshman All-American in 2004, a third-team All-American in 2005 and a first-teamer last year.
LB
: Brian Cushing
USC, Jr.
Cushing played away from his natural outside linebacker position last year and still finished with 57 tackles and 13.5 tackles for a loss from his defensive end position. He'll return to strongside linebacker this year.
OT
: Brandon Rodd
Arizona State, Sr.
Arizona State will look toward Rodd for leadership up front. He led a line that paved the way for the Pac-10's second-best running game in 2006. Rodd is small for a tackle at 6-4, 303 pounds, but he has started all 23 games in his career.
CB
: Antoine Cason
Arizona, Sr.
Cason will leave Arizona as one of the top defensive players in school history. A lockdown corner, Cason was a Thorpe Award semifinalist last year. He made three interceptions as a junior despite teams throwing away from him most of the time.
OG
: Jeremy Perry
Oregon State, Jr.
The 6-foot-2, 324-pound Perry will make a case to be the country's best guard. He has helped pave the way for Yvenson Bernard the last two years. Perry has started 23 games over the last two seasons.
CB
: Terrell Thomas
USC, Sr.
After recovering from shoulder surgery prior to spring practice, Thomas should again be one of the Pac-10's best lockdown corners. He finished 2007 with 12 pass break ups and two interceptions.
OG
: Shannon Tevaga
UCLA, Sr.
Tevaga is one of the Pac-10's most consistent performers. He has blocked for two 1,000-yard backs - Chris Markey in 2006 and Maurice Drew in 2004. Tevaga has started 31 consecutive games as he enters his senior season.
S
: Taylor Mays
USC, So.
A season-ending injury to Josh Pinkard forced Mays into a starting role one game into his true freshman season. He excelled at the position and will stay at free safety after recording 62 tackles and three interceptions last year.
C
: Alex Mack
Cal, Sr.
The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Mack is on the watch lists for the Lombardi Award (top lineman), Outland Trophy (top interior lineman) and Rimington Award (top center). Last season, Mack helped Marshawn Lynch win the Pac-10 rushing title.
S
: Chris Horton
UCLA, Sr.
A hard-hitting senior, Horton led the Bruins with 95 tackles while creating five turnovers (three interceptions, two fumbles). He should be even better in his second season as a starter.
SPECIAL TEAMS
K
: Alexis Serna
Oregon State
The 2005 Lou Groza Award winner returns for his fourth season as one of the Pac-10's top kickers. He enters the season with 106 consecutive made extra points. He's also good from long distances. He kicked four field goals of at least 50 yards last year, including a 58-yarder.
P
: Andrew Larson
Cal, Sr.
Larson emerged as a top-tier punter in his first season at Cal in 2006. He averaged 42.6 yards per punt and pinned 16 of his 49 kicks inside opponents' 20-yard lines.
RET
: DeSean Jackson
Cal, Jr.
Jackson is as much of a threat as a punt returner as he is a receiver. He set a Pac-10 record with four punt returns for touchdowns in 2006. He led the country with 18.2 yards per return.
UTIL
: Jonathan Stewart
Oregon, Jr.
Stewart has twice led the Pac-10 in kickoff returns with a career average of 30 yards per return. He should build on his 981 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns from last year to show why Rivals.com rated him a five-star prospect in the class of 2005.
2007 Rivals.com Preseason All-Pac-10 Second Team
OFFENSEDEFENSE
QB
: Nate Longshore
Cal, Jr.
Longshore is continuing the Jeff Tedford tradition of producing top college quarterbacks. He recovered from a poor start in the opener against Tennessee last season to pass for 3,021 yards and 23 touchdowns. Those totals were good for second in the conference behind John David Booty.
DE
: Dorian Smith
Oregon State, Sr.
A junior college transfer, Smith made an instant impact on the Beavers' 10-win season. Oregon State led the Pac-10 in sacks and got nine from Smith in 2006.
RB
: Justin Forsett
Cal, Jr.
Forsett has big shoes to fill stepping in for Marshawn Lynch and J.J. Arrington, who both led the Pac-10 in rushing. Forsett came up 1 yard short of a 1,000-yard season when he was a backup in 2005. He should get to 1,000 as a starter this year.
DE
: Greyson Gunheim
Washington, Sr.
On a defense that struggled last year, the quick Gunheim stood out for the Huskies. The 6-foot-5, 265-pounder finished the season with six sacks and 12 tackles for a loss.
RB
: Chris Markey
UCLA, Sr.
Markey rushed for 1,107 yards last year, and was a threat in the passing game as well. The running back hauled in a team-leading 35 receptions in 2006. However, if UCLA is going to be successful it will need more than two touchdowns out of him this season.
DT
: Fili Moala
USC, Jr.
With Sedrick Ellis, Moala forms the best defensive tackle tandem in the Pac-10. Playing alongside Ellis for the final seven games last year, Moala had five tackles for a loss and two sacks over that span.
WR
: Jaison Williams
Oregon, Jr.
At 6 feet 5, 240 pounds, Williams is a big, physical receiver who emerged as the Ducks' top downfield threat last year. He started the season on a tear. He had five 100-yard receiving days in the first eight games. He finished the season with 984 yards receiving and six touchdowns.
DT
: Ropati Pitoitua
Washington State, Sr.
Overshadowed by fellow lineman Mkristo Bruce, Pitoitua made quite return from an injury in 2006. He finished the year with 7.5 tackles for a loss in only nine games. As a freshman, he recorded five sacks.
WR
: Patrick Turner
USC, Jr.
Turner steps into the shoes of Dwayne Jarrett and Mike Williams as USC's next big, physical receiver. He sat behind Jarrett and Steve Smith last year, but finished with 12 catches, 170 yards and two touchdowns. Booty predicts Turner will become USC's next big offensive playmaker.
LB
: Spencer Larsen
Arizona, Sr.
A three-year starter, the 6-foot-1, 240-pounder is a force at middle linebacker for the Wildcats. He led Arizona in both tackles (89) and tackles for a loss (10.5).
TE
: Craig Stevens
Cal, Sr.
Cal has not had an all-conference tight end since Tony Gonzalez. Stevens could break that streak, but voters will have to watch his blocking as much as pass catching. Used primarily as a blocker, Stevens finished with 17 catches for 239 yards and a touchdown.
LB
: Derrick Doggett
Oregon State, Sr.
Doggett, Oregon State's second-leading tackler with 87 last year, returns to lead the Beavers' veteran defense. He is one of Oregon State's best big-play defenders. Last season, he had five sacks and three interceptions - including one he returned for a touchdown against Oregon.
OT
: Max Unger
Oregon, Jr.
Unger is Oregon's top offensive lineman. The question, though, is where he will play. He has started at left tackle the last two seasons, but the Ducks could move their all-conference tackle to center.
LB
: Zack Follett
Cal, Jr.
After a two-year wait, Follett will be a starter in 2007. Not that backing up has stopped him from contributing. Follett had 12.5 tackles for losses and 5.5 sacks, which tied for the team lead.
OT
: Eben Britton
Arizona, So.
With Arizona adding some of Texas Tech's pass-happy offense, more pressure will be on Britton this year to protect injury-plagued quarterback Willie Tuitama. Britton (6-6, 310) started all 12 games last year and earned Rivals.com second-team Freshman All-American honors.
CB
: Trey Brown
UCLA, Sr.
Brown draws the assignment of covering the Pac-10's top receivers as UCLA's lockdown corner. His experience (30 consecutive starts) helps make up for his relative lack of size (5-9, 189). He finished last year with the team lead in interceptions (four) and pass break-ups (nine).
OG
: Chilo Rachal
USC, Jr.
The 6-foot-5, 315-pound guard will have to show he can adapt in 2007. As many as nine scholarship tailbacks could be running behind Rachal in the fall.
CB
: Jairus Byrd
Oregon, So.
A first-team Rivals.com Freshman All-American, Byrd helped Oregon's young secondary lead the Pac-10 in pass defense. Byrd is a sure tackler who led Oregon with five interceptions.
OG
: Roy Schuening
Oregon State, Sr.
At 6 feet 3, 320 pounds, Scheuning is one of Pac-10's most powerful and experienced guards. He has started 37 consecutive games, blocking for Yvenson Bernard's two 1,300-yard seasons.
S
: Josh Barrett
Arizona State, Sr.
At 6 feet 3 and 231 pounds, Barrett could fit in as an outside linebacker. However, he's doing just fine at safety. Last year, he led the Sun Devils with 82 tackles and three interceptions despite fighting a shoulder injury.
C
: Mike Pollak
Arizona State, Sr.
Pollak will be on the Rimington Trophy watch list after leading the Arizona State ground attack to an average 169.7 rushing yards per game last season.
S
: Patrick Chung
Oregon, Jr.
A Rivals.com Freshman All-American in 2005, Chung continued to progress in his second season. He's Oregon's returning leader in tackles (84) and finished last year with four interceptions.
SPECIAL TEAMS
K
: Tom Schneider
Cal, Sr.
With 257 points, Schneider is poised to surpass Doug Brien (289) as Cal's all-time leading scorer. Schneider converted all 52 of his extra-point attempts and made 15 of 20 field goals last season.
P
: Aaron Perez
UCLA, Jr.
Perez added nearly 3 yards to his average in his second season as UCLA's punter. The junior averaged 42.6 yards per kick to rank fourth in the Pac-10.
RET
: Sammie Stroughter
Oregon State, Sr.
In addition to his emergence as a receiver, Stroughter became one of the nation's top return men in 2006. He averaged 15.7 yards per return and finished with three touchdowns. Two were against USC and Boise State. Again, his status with the team is in doubt at this point because of "personal issues."
UTIL
: Jeremiah Johnson
Oregon, Jr.
Johnson has proven to be a perfect running mate for Stewart in Oregon's backfield. Although he could start for many teams, Johnson forced his way into the Ducks' lineup enough to run for 644 yards and 10 touchdowns.

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