The USC Trojans showcased another crop of talented stars, landing a conference best high five players on the All-Pac-12 First Team, which was named Tuesday night and voted on by the collection of coaches in the conference.
On the offensive side of the ball: running back Buck Allen, receiver Nelson Agholor and center Max Tuerk were among the top honors. Over on the Trojans' top-ranked red zone defense, defensive lineman Leonard Williams and defensive back Su'a Cravens cracked the rankings.
Led by the 1,337-yard efforts of redshirt junior tailback Buck Allen, who amassed more than 100 yards of total offense in every regular season game, the Trojans' collection of stars were spread out across the entire All-Pac-12 squad.
USC was tied with Oregon and Utah with five first-team selections.
The one player to really vault himself into the rankings with a late splurge was Nelson Agholor, amassing 55 catches for 818 yards and 7 touchdowns over his final six games of the regular season. Agholor narrowly edged out talented wideout Nelson Spruce (Colorado) for the First-Team selection. As for Max Tuerk, the former guard that converted to center, even (coincidentally) being forced to wear wide-receiver gloves to snap the football, the Trojan center was rock solid all season long.
Projected first-round pick and likely departing draft-eligible junior prospect Leonard Williams led the Trojans on the defensive side of the ball. The most interesting USC choice however was sophomore standout Su'a Cravens, not for his actual impact on the game (leading the team in TFL) but for the defensive back position he was honored.
Cravens played all over the field, smoothly adopting the "Dollar" hybrid linebacker/safety role designed by defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox. Cravens finishing the season with an impressive 62 tackles, 16 of which were tackles-for-loss, along with five sacks and two interceptions. Luckily for USC, the Vista Murrieta HS graduate will be back at the Coliseum for at least one more year.
Not a single other USC player was named to the Second Team squad except for freshman standout JuJu Smith, who was honored as an all-purpose ace for the Trojans.
Seven Trojans were named All-Pac-12 honorable mention: freshman athlete Adoree' Jackson, quarterback Cody Kessler, offensive guard-tackle Toa Lobendahn, inside linebacker Hayes Pullard, offensive guard Viane Talamaivao, outside linebacker J.R. Tavai and tight end Randall Telfer.
Kessler just missed second-team honors, arguably due to his performance in the head-to-head showing against Brett Hundley. Interesting to note that the Trojans' starting signal caller was the only quarterback in the nation to attempt over 400 passes and finish with less than five interceptions on the season.
The Trojans begin bowl game practice on Friday, continuing throughout the weekend until the official game schedule is announced at the end of next week. As currently seeded right now, the Trojans are projected by numerous sites, including here at SB Nation, to play in the Foster Farms Bowl on December 30th.