PAC-12’s all-decade (2004-14) NCAAF honors

A compilation of the PAC-12’s most star-studded lineup tracing back to 2004 (biased opinions pending), witnesses a hearty trend – and dosage – of Southern Cal players on both offense and defense.

Being college football’s premiere powerhouse in the early 2000s, the Trojans won five straight conference championships. But since 2008, the program has trekked through drawbacks with recruiting and countless probes by the NCAA. Although a gallery of distractions has plagued the school, Southern Cal is gingerly remastering its recruiting tools and procedures in retaining their dominance they experienced at the beginning of the century.

A conference revered for it’s production on offense, the PAC-12 is constantly berated for their defensive units – surrendering 300 yards of total offense per contest. Last season, Oregon sustained a pond load of grief, not only for weak pocket protection, but sacrificed – on average – 20 points and 547 total yards to their opponents.

Pac-12 Summary (since 2004)

Record: 810-666 (38-30 in bowl games)
Conference champions: Southern Cal (2004-08), Oregon (2008-11), Stanford (2012, ’13), Oregon (2014)

Quarterbacks

Matt Leinart (USC)
2005: 283/431, 3,815 pass yards, 28 TD, 8 INT

Andrew Luck(STAN)
2010: 263/372, 3,338 yards, 32 TD, 8 INT

Marcus Mariota (ORE)
2014: 304/445, 4,454 yards, 42 TD, 4 INT

Running Backs

Marshawn Lynch (CAL)
2006: 223 rush att., 1,356 rush yards, 11 TD

Toby Gerhart (STAN)
2008: 343 rush att., 1,871 rush yards, 28 TD

DeVontae Booker (UTAH)
2014: 292 rush att., 1,512 rush yards, 10 TD (+2 rec. TD)

LaMichael James (ORE)
2010: 294 rush att., 1,731 rush yards, 21 TD (+3 rec. TD)

Wide Receivers

Sammie Stroughter (ORE ST)
2008: 70 rec., 1,040 rec. yards, 7 TD

Robert Woods (USC)
111 rec., 1,292 rec. yards, 15 TD

Jaelen Strong (ASU)
2014: 82 rec., 1,165 rec. yards, 10 TD

Dwayne Jarrett (USC)
2005: 91 rec., 1,274 rec. yards, 16 TD

Tight Ends

Marcedes Lewis (UCLA)
2005: 58 rec., 741 rec. yards, 10 TD

Rob Gronkowski (ZONA)
2008: 47 rec., 672 rec. yards, 10 TD

Offensive Linemen

Sam Baker (USC, 2004-07)

Max Unger (Oregon, 2005-08)

Jonathan Martin (Stanford, 2009-11)

Ryan Kalil (USC, 2005-08)

Linebackers

Desmond Bishop (CAL)
2006: 126 T, 15 TFL, 3 NT

Mason Foster (WASH)
2010: 163 T, 6.5 sacks, 14 TFL

Scooby Wright (ZONA)
2014: 163 T, 14 sacks 29 TFL

Derrick Doggett (ORE ST)
2007: 93 T, 4 INT, 3 sacks, DEF TD

Defensive Backs

Jairus Byrd (ORE)
2007: 65 T, 7 INT, 4 TFL

Antoine Cason (ZONA)
2007: 71 T, 5 INT, 4 TFL, 2 DEF TD

Sabby Piscitelli (ORE ST)
2006: 71 T, 5 INT

Deonne Buchanon (WSU)
2012: 106 T, 4 INT

Defensive Linemen

Nate Orchard (UTAH)
2014: 84 T, 18.5 sacks, 21 TFL

Hau’oli Kikaha (WASH)
2014: 72 T, 19 sacks, 25 TFL

Justin Hickman (UCLA)
2006: 12.5 sacks, 19 TFL

Nick Perry (USC)
2011: 54 T, 9.5 sacks, 13 TFL

Special Teams

Aaron Perez (P, UCLA)
2007: 91 punts, 4,853 yards

Zane Gonzalez (K, ASU)
2013: 63-65 XP, 25-30 FGM/FGA, 138 points

DeSean Jackson (PR, CAL)
2006: 25 returns, 455 yards, 4 TD

Jonathan Stewart (KR, ORE)
2005: 12 returns, 402 yards, 2 TD

Thanks to my personal bible, Sports Reference, for equipping me with these goodies called statistics.

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