Last week we gave you our thoughts on which Pac-12 players who weren't on last year's all-conference team have the best shot at postseason honors this year. Our parameters were that the player couldn't have been any higher than honorable mention last year.
This was actually one of the more painstaking Take 2s, because there were a lot of different players we could write about. I, ultimately, went offense in choosing Arizona State running back Cameron Marshall while Ted Miller looked to defense and USC linebacker Hayes Pullard.
So we're putting the question to you this week. Which of these players has the best chance to land on either the all-conference first or second teams at the end of the year? Keep in mind, it's very possible that most or all of these guys could land on the list. We're looking for the one with the best chance. And in case you need a refresher on who did or didn't make the squad last year, here's the list.
Kiko Alonso, LB, Oregon: Could be headed for a big year after earning Rose Bowl defensive player of the game honors, where he tallied five tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2.5 tackles for a loss and an interception. Plus only two of the six linebackers on last year's all-conference teams are back -- meaning there is room for some new faces.
Cameron Marshall, RB, Arizona State: A 1,000-yard rusher last season who shared the league high in rushing touchdowns (18) with LaMichael James. Now that he's in a run-first offense, will his numbers be enough to push him on to the all-conference squad?
Hayes Pullard, LB, USC: Like Alonso, he seems poised to have a breakout year. Was honorable mention last season after tying for the team lead in tackles (81), tallied 6.5 tackles for a loss with four sacks and a pair of forced fumbles. There is a lot of depth at linebacker this year -- both inside and out -- so even though there is room for new faces, guys like Pullard and Alonso will need to separate themselves to get postseason honors.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington: Another tough call since there are only two spots for tight ends, and Coby Fleener and David Paulson were the obvious picks last year. Lots of depth around the conference at this position, but ASJ figures to be right in the mix for a postseason honor.
Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State: Clearly one of the top wide receivers in the conference -- but only one touchdown last season. Sean Mannion's continued maturation should help give those numbers a boost. But with Robert Woods, Marqise Lee, Keenan Allen and Marquess Wilson in the league, will it be too tough for him to break through?