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Trojans place a conference-high 13 players on Preseason All-Pac-12 Team

Led by Kedon Slovis and his WR duo, this Trojan team is stacked!

UCLA v USC Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

The USC Trojans are entering the 2020 college football season as arguably one of the hottest teams in the country, not just the Pac-12. They’re a talented team, loaded with top-tier players at nearly every position and are riding high on a top-five recruiting class for the future.

They have a star quarterback, a dynamic duo at wide receiver, youthful players ready to breakout elsewhere and an incredibly talented, deep defense. By all stretches of the imagination, 2020 seems to be the year for the Trojans.

If Preseason All-Pac-12 Teams are any indicator, they seem to also be the early odds-on favorite to win the conference and potentially make noise in the College Football Playoff as well.

Athlon Sports released their preseason All-Pac-12 teams this week and it was covered with Trojans. USC led the way with 13 selections, tied with Oregon for most selections across the four teams. USC had seven first-team selections compared to Oregon’s five, though. In fact, USC is so top heavy with talent, they’re the only Pac-12 team to have the majority of their selections be on the first team, as opposed to the second, third or fourth teams.

They’re led by QB Kedon Slovis as he was pegged as the conference’s best quarterback ahead of the season. Amon-Ra St. Brown and Tyler Vaughns made their way, rightfully so, to the first team at wide receivers while Alijah Vera-Tucker rounded out the four first-team members on offense.

Jay Tufele, Drake Jackson and Talanoa Hufanga, fresh off his nomination to the Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List, each made the first team on defense.

Ben Griffiths was the lone second-team selection, however, as he made the list at punter.

And then, actually, there were no third-team members but a handful of fourth-team representatives including Stephen Carr at running back, Chase McGrath at kicker and DL Marlon Tuipulotu, LB Palaie Gaoteote and CB Olaijah Griffin on the defense.

This is a loaded team with the best player at the most important position. The Trojans are quite literally riding high into 2020.

The full teams can be found here, and below:

First-Team Offense
QB Kedon Slovis, USC
RB CJ Verdell, Oregon
RB Jermar Jefferson, Oregon State
AP Max Borghi, Washington State
WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, USC
WR Tyler Vaughns, USC
TE Brant Kuithe, Utah
C Drew Dalman, Stanford
OL Penei Sewell, Oregon
OL Abraham Lucas, Washington State
OL Alijah Vera-Tucker, USC
OL Jaxson Kirkland, Washington

First-Team Defense
DL Levi Onwuzurike, Washington
DL Jay Tufele, USC
DL Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon
DL Drake Jackson, USC
LB Nate Landman, Colorado
LB Hamilcar Rashed Jr., Oregon State
LB Joe Tryon, Washington
CB Thomas Graham, Oregon
CB Elijah Molden, Washington
S Jevon Holland, Oregon
S Talanoa Hufanga, USC

First-Team Specialists
K Blake Mazza, Washington State
P Michael Turk, Arizona State
KR Connor Wedington, Stanford
PR Britain Covey, Utah

Second-Team Offense
QB Jayden Daniels, Arizona State
RB Christopher Brown Jr., California
RB Richard Newton, Washington
AP Britain Covey, Utah
WR Frank Darby, Arizona State
WR Michael Wilson, Stanford
TE Cade Otton, Washington
C Orlando Umana, Utah
OL Walker Little, Stanford
OL William Sherman, Colorado
OL Dohnovan West, Arizona State
OL Nick Ford, Utah

Second-Team Defense
DL Mustafa Johnson, Colorado
DL Jermayne Lole, Arizona State
DL Mika Tafua, Utah
DL Jordon Scott, Oregon
LB Kuony Deng, California
LB Jahad Woods, Washington State
LB Ryan Bowman, Washington
CB Paulson Adebo, Stanford
CB Cam Bynum, California
S Brady Breeze, Oregon
S Elijah Hicks, California

Second-Team Specialists
K Peyton Henry, Washington
P Ben Griffiths, USC
KR Mykael Wright, Oregon
PR Jevon Holland, Oregon

Third-Team Offense
QB Chase Garbers, California
RB Austin Jones, Stanford
RB Alex Fontenot, Colorado
AP Demetric Felton, UCLA
WR Johnny Johnson, Oregon
WR Tay Martin, Washington State
TE Brady Russell, Colorado
C Michael Saffell, California
OL Jake Curhan, California
OL Brandon Kipper, Oregon State
OL Jake Burton, UCLA
OL Liam Ryan, Washington State

Third-Team Defense
DL Brett Johnson, California
DL Osa Odighizuwa, UCLA
DL Thomas Booker, Stanford
DL Luc Bequette, California
LB Colin Schooler, Arizona
LB Cameron Goode, California
LB Devin Lloyd, Utah
CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
CB Jack Jones, Arizona State
S Aashari Crosswell, Arizona State
S Skyler Thomas, Washington State

Third-Team Specialists
K Jet Toner, Stanford
P Oscar Draguicevich, Washington State
KR Travell Harris, Washington State
PR Nikko Remigio, California

Fourth-Team Offense
QB Davis Mills, Stanford
RB Devin Brumfield, Utah
RB Stephen Carr, USC
WR Nikko Remigio, California
WR Jamarye Joiner, Arizona
WR Kyle Philips, UCLA
WR Trevon Bradford, Oregon State
WR K.D. Nixon, Colorado
OL Josh McCauley, Arizona
OL Steven Jones, Oregon
OL Donovan Laie, Arizona
OL Luke Wattenberg, Washington
OL Foster Sarell, Stanford

Fourth-Team Defense
DL Marlon Tuipulotu, USC
DL D.J. Davidson, Arizona State
DL Will Rodgers, Washington State
LB Mase Funa, Oregon
LB Omar Speights, Oregon State
LB Avery Roberts, Oregon State
LB Merlin Robertson, Arizona State
LB Palaie Gaoteote, USC
CB Trent McDuffie, Washington
CB Olaijah Griffin, USC
CB Lorenzo Burns, Arizona
S Chase Lucas, Arizona State

Fourth-Team Specialists
K Chase McGrath, USC
P Ryan Sanborn, Stanford
KR Demetric Felton, UCLA
PR Michael Wilson, Stanford