Byron Murphy, the top-graded cornerback in the nation, leads PFF's All-Pac 12 selections
The 2018 regular season is in the books and the College Football Playoffs are set. With the culmination of the regular season comes PFF’s awards and all-conference selections as well as our All-American lists for both the first and second team.
The All-conference selections have been made by each of PFF’s leading conference analyst based mainly on PFF’s play-by-play grading process for the entire season as well as cumulative grades, game grades against quality opposition, other PFF advanced statistics and playing time.
The All-Pac 12 selections below are headlined by the first team with the second team listed below each position.
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First Team: Gardner Minshew, Washington State
Minshew tore it up in his lone season at Washington State and his 82.3 adjusted completion percentage ranks No. 1 among all FBS quarterbacks.
Second Team: K.J. Costello, Stanford
First Team: Eno Benjamin, Arizona State
Benjamin was one of college football’s most difficult players to tackle in his breakout season, as he forced 69 missed tackles on rushes, ranking him No. 3 among all FBS running backs.
Second Team: James Williams, Washington State
First Team: Joshua Kelley, UCLA
Kelley was head coach Chip Kelly’s bell cow back this season, with 642 of his 1,240 rushing yards coming after contact.
Second Team: Zack Moss, Utah
First Team: JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford
Arcega-Whiteside used his big body to excel at red zone and back shoulder throws and his 89.0 receiving grade ranked No. 7 among all Power-5 wide receivers.
Second Team: N’Keal Harry, Arizona State
First Team: Laviska Shenault Jr., Colorado
An unfortunate turf-toe injury slowed Shenault’s breakout season but he still led Pac-12 wide receivers in yards per route run (3.44), yards after the catch (639) and slot catch rate (86.7%).
Second Team: Shawn Poindexter, Arizona
First Team: Isaiah Hodgins, Oregon State
The sure-handed Hodgins had only one drop on his 80 pass targets for the season.
Second Team: Dillon Mitchell, Oregon
First Team: Caleb Wilson, UCLA
Wilson’s yards per route run of 2.53 ranked No. 2 among all Power-5 tight ends.
Second Team: Cole Fotheringham, Utah
First Team: Calvin Throckmorton, Oregon
Throckmorton’s pass-blocking grade of 91.6 ranks No. 4 among all FBS tackles.
Second Team: Patrick Mekari, Cal
First Team: Shane Lemieux, Oregon
One of the pieces in a very talented Ducks’ offensive line, Lemieux didn’t allow a sack or QB hit all season and only eight pressures on is 426 pass-blocking snaps.
Second Team: Cody Creason, Arizona
First Team: Nick Harris, Washington
Harris’ run-block grade of 75.1 leads all Pac-12 centers and he didn’t surrender a sack all season.
Second Team: Jake Hanson, Oregon
First Team: Chris Brown, USC
Brown’s pass-blocking efficiency rating of 99.1 ties him at No. 6 among all FBS guards.
Second Team: Gus Lavaka, Oregon State
First Team: Andre Dillard, Washington State
Dillard was named our best pass-blocking offensive lineman in the country this season, allowing only one sack, three QB hits and 11 hurries on a whopping 693 pass-blocking snaps.
Second Team: Kaleb McGary, Washington
First Team: Justin Hollins, Oregon
Hollins posted the highest pass-rush grade (86.8) among all of the Pac-12’s edge defenders.
Second Team: Christian Rector, USC
First Team: Bradlee Anae, Utah
Anae is a consistent pass-rushing threat from the right side of the Utah Utes defense as he notched 11 sacks, six QB hits and 34 hurries on his 429 pass-rushing snaps.
Second Team: Joey Alfieri, Stanford
First Team: Greg Gaines, Washington
Gaines is one of the most dominant interior run defenders in the nation and his 92.1 run-defense grade ranks No. 6 among all FBS interior defensive linemen.
Second Team: Mustafa Johnson, Colorado
First Team: John Penisini, Utah
Penisini was consistently good against the run and added four sacks, two QB hits and 24 hurries on his 294 pass-rush snaps.
Second Team: PJ Johnson, Arizona
First Team: Evan Weaver, Cal
Weaver graded well as a run-defender (90.8), pass-rusher (81.7) and in coverage (83.7) but his 48 run stops lead all Pac-12 linebackers.
Second Team: Nate Landman, Colorado
First Team: Ben Burr-Kirven, Washington
Burr-Kirven leads the Pac-12 linebackers in both tackling grade (90.1) and coverage grade (91.2).
Second Team: Troy Dye, Oregon
First Team: Byron Murphy, Washington
Murhpy’s overall grade of 91.9 and coverage grade of 91.9 both lead the nation’s cornerbacks as he recorded the Pac-12 Championship Game’s lone touchdown on a pick-six to put the exclamation point on his season.
Second Team: Thomas Graham Jr., Oregon
First Team: Paulson Adebo, Stanford
Adebo’s monster performance against Stanford propelled his grade to the first team, as he had arguably the catch of the year with his end-zone interception.
Second Team: Camryn Bynum, Cal
First Team: Taylor Rapp, Washington
Rapp is a rare player with the ability to play any back-seven position if needed. He finishes the regular season as our highest-graded safety in the nation (91.4) and displayed his versatility with five sacks, two interceptions and five pass breakups.
Second Team: Jevon Holland, Oregon
First Team: Ashtyn Davis, Cal
Davis is a rangy and athletic back-end defender who made eight plays on the ball in 2018 (four interceptions and four pass breakups).
Second Team: Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles, Arizona
First Team: Cameron Smith, USC
Smith made a splash as a freshman and improved his grade every year since, and his 91.2 run-defense grade leads all Pac-12 linebackers.
Second Team: Chase Hansen, Utah
First Team: Matt Gay, Utah
Gay kicked made 23 of his 28 field goal attempts including two from 50-plus yards.
Second Team: Jet Toner, Stanford
First Team: Jake Bailey, Stanford
Bailey’s conference-leading average hang time of 4.42 led to a conference’s lowest percentage of returned punts at 17.0.
Second Team: Mitch Wishnowsky, Utah
First Team: Ashtyn Davis, Cal
Davis pulling double-duty on the Pac-12 first team as he leads the Pac-12 in both kick return yards (607) as well as kick-return grade.
Second Team: Velus Jones Jr., USC
First Team: Tyler Vaughns, USC
Vaughns averaged 10.5 yards per return including an 82-yard touchdown against Arizona State.
Second Team: Trenton Irwin, Stanford