Senior Cornerback Desmond Trufant has been named to the 1st team all Pac-12 team today, which should not come as a huge surprise. In my opinion, no corner in the conference was his equal, and his ability to basically take away the opposing team’s best receiver was invaluable to the improvement of the defense, and the pass defense in particular. Look at Marqise Lee. The USC wide receiver averaged 9 catches for 140 yards. He was never held to less than 5 catches or 66 yards in a single game. Oh, except for the one time he went up against Trufant, when he was held to 2 catches for 32 yards. Trufant has had a great career in which he improved each year, and I believe he will be drafted in the 3rd round or higher in the NFL draft.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins was named to the 2nd team, with Zach Ertz beating him out for the 1st team spot. Can’t really argue with this one. Both players had 63 catches and 6 touchdowns in their 12 regular season games, but Ertz had 818 yards compared to ASJ’s 791. Incredibly similar, but obviously Ertz simply had the edge. Now, there is one more game for both teams, so perhaps ASJ will end up having a bigger game than Ertz, but as of right now, it looks like those two are 1-2 for best tight end in the nation.
A ton of Washington players were listed as honorable mentions, including Travis Feeney, Justin Glenn, Andrew Hudson, Sean Parker, Bishop Sankey, Drew Schaefer, Danny Shelton, Shaq Thompson, John Timu, and Kasen Williams.