2015 ESPN.com All-Pac-12 team: Luke Falk gets the nod at QB

Washington State's Luke Falk threw 36 touchdown passes this season. James Snook/USA TODAY Sports

The coaches have had their say. Now it’s time for the Pac-12 blog’s all-conference team. Voting was done through stringent and tireless debate. As in, I got the assignment so this is essentially my team. A couple of changes from what the coaches picked. Also, I’m going with a 34-front to reflect the vast majority of the league. I’m sure we’ll all be onboard and there will be no complaints whatsoever. But if there are, send them here, or here, or here, or here. Send compliments and avalanches of appreciation here.


QB: Luke Falk, Washington State: With 36 touchdown passes and 4,266 yards, Falk not only showed he’s a product of a system (which isn’t a bad thing, mind you) but he rewrote the system’s records. And he completed better than 70 percent of his throws.

RB: Christian McCaffrey, Stanford: The all-purpose prodigy rushed, caught and returned (and even threw) his way to New York.

RB: Royce Freeman, Oregon: Speed, power and productivity (1,706 yards, 14 touchdowns). He’s everything you look for in an every-down back.

WR: Gabe Marks, Washington State: With 99 catches and 14 touchdowns, Marks helped out Falk as much as Falk helped out Marks.

WR: JuJu Smith-Schuster, USC: Caught 85 balls for a league-high 1,389 yards and 10 touchdowns. And a quarter of the season he did it with only one good hand.

WR: Nelson Spruce, Colorado: One of the most durable and reliable receivers to ever come through the conference -- regardless of team success.

TE: Austin Hooper, Stanford: The Mackey Award finalist was a prototype for Stanford’s offense. And he played the role to perfection.

OL: Zach Banner, USC: Versatile big man switched between tackle spots as USC’s line incurred multiple injuries.

OL: Joe Dahl, Washington State: When you consider how much WSU passes, allowing just three sacks from his position is impressive.

OL: Joshua Garnett, Stanford: When McCaffrey busts a run or Remound Wright needs a yard, this is the guy they run behind.

OL: Tyler Johnstone, Oregon: Bounced back from missing 2014 with an outstanding season. Better blocking for the guys carrying the ball than carrying it himself.

OL: Kyle Murphy, Stanford: Anchored one of the top scoring, rushing and pass protection offenses in the league. One of the nation’s elite.


DL: DeForest Buckner, Oregon: Dominant player on an under-performing defense.

DL: Destiny Vaeao, Washington State: Posted 11 tackles for a loss in WSU's outstanding defensive turnaround that not many people have touched on.

DL: Kenny Clark, UCLA: Entire offenses scheme around this guy. Good numbers for an interior defensive lineman (nine TFLs) but it’s the unquantifiable that makes him special.

LB: Gionni Paul, Utah: Athletic, versatile and productive in all three defensive zones: in the backfield, at the line of scrimmage and in the secondary. One of the most complete linebackers in the conference.

LB: Su’a Cravens, USC: If Paul is one of the most complete, Cravens is the most complete. Whatever the all-purpose award is for defense, Cravens would win it.

LB: Blake Martinez, Stanford: Pure run-stopper who led the conference, by a huge margin, with 132 tackles.

LB: That one ASU guy ... what’s his name?: Antonio Longino, a bit of a late bloomer to the conversation, used a second-half surge to propel him to the league leader in sacks (10) and tackles for a loss (19.5).

DB: Adoree’ Jackson, USC: He’s pure athlete.

DB: Sidney Jones, Washington: He forced three fumbles and had four interceptions. If Washington’s defense had a turnover, chances are Jones was involved.

DB: Kareem Orr, ASU: The freshman quietly put together one of the best rookie campaigns in school history. Tied for the league lead in interceptions (five).

DB: Marcus Williams, Utah: Matched Orr with five picks on the year and was among the league leaders in passes defended.


PK: Aidan Schneider, Oregon: The only Pac-12 player to convert more than 90 percent of his field goals (20 of 22). That’s good.

P: Tom Hackett, Utah: Best in the country. Again.

RS: Christian McCaffrey, Stanford: Averaged 28.9 yards per return with a touchdown. Fantastic feel for the return game.

AP: Charles Nelson, Oregon: Another outstanding athlete who was a major contributor in all three phases.