Jack Follman’s 2010s Pac-12 All-Decade Football Teams

The best offensive and defensive players of the past 10 years, four teams deep

Posted on October 30, 2020

  By Jack Follman, SuperWest Sports

How should we burn the last week of the longest offseason in Pac-12 football history? Let’s debate the best Pac-12 players of the 2010 decade!

To put these together, I factor in one-year greatness combined with career greatness and anything a player did prior to 2010 doesn’t count. Equally, nothing from their pro career is factored in, as sometimes these lists over-rate players based on their NFL accomplishments, or lack thereof.

So let’s get into it. We have four full teams to debate, and I didn’t do special teams because I don’t really care. You’ll find a tally of players by program at the end of each section, and a totals in the table at the bottom of the page.

First-Team Offense

QB — Marcus Mariota, Oregon

Mariota | mcall.com

No question here and that’s impressive given that Andrew Luck was also at his best this decade. The Pac-12’s only Heisman winner of the decade also pushed Oregon to a Rose Bowl victory and National Championship game while obliterating stat sheets, especially in 2014, when he put together just a ridiculous year.

RB — Christian McCaffrey, Stanford

McCaffrey | gostanford.com

The Stanford all-purpose back put together one of the best single seasons that any Pac-12 player ever had at any position in 2015. He should have won the Heisman, giving the Pac-12 back-to-back honors.

RB — LaMichael James, Oregon

James | sports.yahoo.com

Prior to Mariota, James was the face of the Oregon football run in the 2010s, and for good reason. He was the best home run hitter back in Conference. His yards per-carry and touchdown numbers are ridiculous.

WR — Marqise Lee, USC

Lee | cbssports.com

Had one of the best seasons ever by a Pac-12 receiver in 2012, and was deadly earlier in his career when paired with…

WR — Robert Woods, USC

Woods | losangeles.cbslocal.com

Woods was lights-out in 2011 at a level close to where Lee was in 2012. His overall career numbers in three years are also scary-good too.

TE — Zach Ertz, Stanford

Ertz | gostanford.com

Ertz in 2012 had one of the best seasons ever by a Pac-12 tight end, and he was especially big in the right moments.


OL — David DeCastro, Stanford

DeCastro | triblive.com

My favorite of all the standout Cardinal offensive linemen of this decade, and probably my favorite of the Conference in the decade overall.

OL — Hroniss Grasu, Oregon

Grasu | sbnation.com

Probably the best overall career of any Pac-12 OL in this decade, racking up honors and wins as a four-year starter for Oregon’s best teams.

OL — Penei Sewell, Oregon

Sewell | nfl.com

Sewell put together probably the best single season any Pac-12 OL ever in 2019, taking home the Outland Trophy as a sophomore, as well as countless other honors.

OL — Matt Kalil, USC

Kalil | nflmocks.com

His junior season in 2011 was lights-out and he was one of the most-perfect linemen to ever play in the Pac-12, hence why he was taken fourth overall in the 2012 Draft.

OL — Jonathan Martin, Stanford

Martin | sbnation.com

There’s a long line of highly-decorated Stanford OL in this decade after DeCastro who are pretty similar to me and I think Martin was the best of them on Stanford’s best teams.

First-Team Defense

DL — Will Sutton, Arizona State

Sutton | nfl.com

One of only two players to ever win Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year twice. An underrated terror on defense.

DL — DeForest Buckner, Oregon

Buckner| goducks.com

Buckner seemed to shut down entire opposing offenses in 2015, one of the best years ever put together by a Pac-12 defender.

DL — Leonard Williams, USC

Williams | latimes.com

Should have won a Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year at some point but either way was just a beast in his three years at USC.


DL — Vita Vea, Washington

Vea | pff.com

Vea looked like Washington great Steve Emtman in 2017, taking home Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honors and was a key cog in their 2016 Playoff run.

LB — Scooby Wright III, Arizona

Wright | latimes.com

Wright’s 2014 season was probably the best put together by and Pac-12 defender this decade and it’s why he took home Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and the Bednarik, Lombardi and Nagurski Awards.

LB — Trent Murphy, Stanford

Murphy | foxsports.com

Murphy was so great and such a catalyst for Stanford winning the Pac-12 in 2012 I named him my Pac-12 Player of the Year at any position.

LB — Anthony Barr, UCLA

Barr | nfl.com

Truly one of the most devastating defenders to ever play in the Pac-12, his ability to make plays in the backfield was historically great, totalling up more than 23 sacks and 40 TFLs in 2012 and 2013.

DB — Budda Baker, Washington

Baker | sbnation.com

Baker was absolutely relentless in his three years at Washington and the best player on their incredible defense in 2016 that pushed them to a Playoff berth.

DB — Adoree’ Jackson, USC

Jackson | latimes.com

The crazy speedster shutdown corner was the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2016, fueled by five interceptions.

DB — Taylor Rapp, Washington

Rapp | ramstalk.net

Rapp started for three years at Washington and held down the back of their defense on the way to three-straight NY6 bowl games fueled by a great defense each year.


DB — Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon

Ekpre-Olomu | statesmanjournal.com

A lot like Grasu, IEO was a standout for Oregon for years in their glory days run and racked up All-Pac-12 and All-American honors while helping them to CFP final run in 2014.

First-Team Selections by Program

1—Arizona State

Second-Team Offense

QB — Andrew Luck, Stanford

Oregon was the only thing holding Luck back from a near perfect career and a Heisman.

RB — Bryce Love, Stanford

Love’s 2017 season might have been the most purely unstoppable I’ve ever seen a Pac-12 player have and he was banged up for most of it.

RB — Myles Gaskin, Washington

Another career achievement award guy, Gaskin was the heart and soul of most of Chris Petersen’s Washington teams and is near the top of Pac-12 career rushing marks.

WR — John Ross, Washington

Ross was video game good in 2016 and took home AP Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year.

WR — Brandin Cooks, Oregon State

Just go look at Cooks’ stats in 2013. There you go.

TE — Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington

He just filled up the stat sheet at an all-time great level for a college tight end all three years he was at Washington.

OL — Tyron Smith, USC

Only getting one year in the decade holds Smith back on this list, otherwise a Morris Trophy winner and All-American who went on to become an NFL great.

OL — Joshua Garnett, Stanford

Another player anchored by one amazing year. For Garnett it’s 2015 as a senior when he was a Morris and Outland Trophy winner and helped lead Stanford to a Rose Bowl win.

OL — David Yankey, Stanford

Another one of those Stanford OL stalwarts who racked up honors through the decade and led Pac-12 champion Cardinal teams.

OL — Xavier Su’a-Filo, UCLA

Two-time All-Pac-12 selection and Morris Trophy winner had a long, outstanding career at UCLA.

OL — Kaleb McGary, Washington

Another Morris Trophy winner and a four-year starter for some great Washington teams before being a first-round pick.

Second-Team Defense

DL — Star Lotulelei, Utah

The start of Utah’s great recent defenses might begin with 2011 Morris Trophy winner and the powerful road black that was Lotulelei.

DL — Stephen Paea, Oregon State

We can only count 2010 for Paea and he made a huge impact in that one season, winning a Morris Trophy and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.

DL — Nate Orchard, Utah

He had a huge senior season in 2014 with 18.5 sacks (21 TFLs) and won the Hendricks Award as the nation’s best defensive end.

DL — Greg Gaines, Washington

2018 Morris Trophy winner and a guy who held UW’s defense down for four years up front as one of the best run defenders in the conference.

LB — Mychal Kendricks, Cal

The 2011 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year was a beyond reliable playmaker on the Cal defense in 2010 and 2011.

LB — Shayne Skov, Stanford

He made play after play for the Cardinal during his career and on two of their best teams who won back-to-back Pac-12 titles.

LB — Evan Weaver, Cal

The 2019 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year had more than 200 tackles in his career and was a monster his junior and senior seasons, helping lift the Cal program back up under Justin Wilcox.

DB — Sidney Jones, Washington

Nine career interceptions and 30 PDs, he was a two-time All-Pac-12 selection and a cornerstone of their 2016 Pac-12 Championship.

DB — Jordan Poyer, Oregon State

Led the Pac-12 in interceptions two years in-a-row and was a super physical defender who achieved All-American honors.

DB — Ed Reynolds, Stanford

Probably the best of a long run of great Stanford safeties and an interception machine.

DB — TJ McDonald, USC

Career achievement type guy who made All-Pac-12 teams three times and was an All-American in 2011.

Second-Team Selections by Program

3—Oregon State

Third-Team Offense

QB — Sam Darnold, USC

RB — Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona

RB — Royce Freeman, Oregon

WR — JuJu Smith-Schuster, USC

WR — Gabe Marks, Washington State

TE — Coby Fleener, Stanford

OL — Kyle Murphy, Stanford

OL — Andrus Peat, Stanford

OL — Mitchell Schwartz, Cal

OL — Jake Fisher, Oregon

OL — Tyler Johnstone, Oregon

Third-Team Defense

DL — Solomon Thomas, Stanford

DL — Hercules Mata’afa, Washington State

DL — Scott Crichton, Oregon State

DL — Dion Jordan, Oregon

LB — Chase Thomas, Stanford

LB — Hau’oli Kikaha, Washington

LB — Shaq Thompson, Washington

DB — Jordan Richards, Stanford

DB — Deone Bucannon, Washington State

DB — Nickell Robey, USC

DB — Delano Howell, Stanford

Third-Team Selections by Program

3—Washington State
1—Oregon State

Honorable Mention Offense

QB — Jared Goff, Cal

RB — Stepfan Taylor, Stanford

RB — Johnathan Franklin, UCLA

WR — Markus Wheaton, Oregon State

WR — JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford

TE — David Paulson, Oregon

OL — Tyrell Crosby, Oregon

OL — Khaled Holmes, USC

OL — Nick Harris, Washington

OL — Andre Dillard, Washington State

OL — Trey Adams, Washington

Honorable Mention Defense

DL — Jurell Casey, USC

DL — Cameron Jordan Cal

DL — Harrison Phillips, Stanford

DL — Bradlee Anae, Utah

LB — Ben Burr-Kirven, Washington

LB — Myles Jack, UCLA

LB/S — Su’a Cravens, USC

DB — Rahim Moore, UCLA

DB — Desmond Trufant, Washington

DB — Jaylon Johnson, Utah

DB — Byron Murphy, Washington

Honorable Mention Selections by Program

1—Oregon State
1—Washington State

Breakdown of Selections by Team and by Program

ProgramFirst TeamSecond TeamThird TeamHon MentionTotal
Arizona State10001
Oregon State03115
Washington State00314

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