Congrats to the guys
No super egregious snubs, but some curious awards:
- UCLA QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson on the second team, and not, say, Stanford's Davis Mills
- Stanford WR Simi Fehoko on first team (!?) with USC WR Drake London--the most dominant receiver in the Pac-12 this year--on the second team (!?!?)
- UCLA TE Greg Dulcich on the second team, he was definitely the best TE in the conference this year
- Oregon DB Mykael Wright on the first team (I think he has a lot of promise, but he didn't earn first team this year), and USC DB Chris Steele on the second team (despite being the single biggest liability at corner of any team)
I think DB is a bit hard to judge this year with the limited sample size, and while I'd obviously prefer pretty much any Cal DB on that second team (Elijah Hicks, Daniel Scott, Josh Drayden, etc), I'm surprised UCLA DB Qwuantrezz Knight didn't get mentioned. I think maybe people voted based on stat sheets, but that's not a great measure of how well a DB did-- a lockdown corner would have no stats as QBs would avoid him. Mykael Wright actually led the conference in passes defended, but I'd argue that's a result of being constantly picked on by opposing QBs. Qwuantrezz Knight had the biggest impact on games of any DB not already mentioned-- e.g. safety blitz forcing a fumble, etc., even if he's not leading in PDs and INTs. OSU's Nashon Wright is also a bit of a snub, as I think he did better in coverage than probably anyone on the second team.
Tonges had modest receiving stats and still made HM as a TE. Kind of tells me that he has the respect of the league for his all around play at the position, including blocking
Brett Johnson and Deng should have made the second team.