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Thursday, May 30, 2013
How Phil Steele's All-Pac-12 list stacks up

By Ted Miller

Phil Steele has published his four 2013 All-Pac-12 teams, which you can review here.

It's a pretty strong effort. Of course, you'll immediately find things you'd change and there are some notable omissions. That happens.

I'd probably have chosen between Arizona State's Carl Bradford and UCLA's Eric Kendricks for the first-team defense at linebacker over USC's Hayes Pullard. And I feel confident that Arizona State offensive tackle Jamil Douglas, Stanford offensive tackle Andrus Peat and Oregon State linebacker D.J. Alexander are going to end up at least second-team All-Pac-12 by season's end.

But quibbles are part of any subjective evaluation, particularly in the preseason.

Because Steele is so willing to dig deep -- it's not easy creating four teams -- it might be fun to see how all 12 conference teams stack up overall.

It might be illustrative to look at how many first- and second-team players each Pac-12 team has and how many players each team has overall from all of Steele's teams. So here's a look at how the position players stack up (Didn't include specialists).

1st & 2nd team/ All four teams
What most stands out is USC. But USC nearly always looks good on a preseason list.

While some aren't sold on the Trojans as a top-25 team in 2013, there's no question the roster features plenty of talent. Yet the Trojans also benefit from being, well, the Trojans. Because so many of their players are former four- and five-star recruits, and USC plays in a major media market, we've heard of these guys. The same can't be said for smaller market Pac-12 teams.

These numbers back up, by the way, how most see the conference stacking up, maybe with USC as being -- dare we say it? -- a dark horse.

Stanford has the most first- and second-team guys with 10. It's second to USC with 13 overall. Oregon has eight first- and second-team guys and 11 overall. Then comes Arizona State (10 overall), UCLA (nine), Oregon State (eight) and Washington (8).

Including USC, those seven look like potential top-25 -- or higher -- teams.

Some other thoughts: