As part of the Pac-12 Conference’s 100-year anniversary celebration, the league is assembling an All-Century football team.
The conference put together a voting panel of former players and coaches, media members (including me), along with current and former staff members from the universities and the conference, who will each vote for players at each position, along with 10 coaches.
The Pac-12 will then whittle the ballot down to 10 in each category and ask fans to also cast votes.
Eventually, a 50-player team (24 offense, 23 defense, 3 specialists) and a coach will be chosen. An Offensive and Defensive Player of the Century also will be determined.
Here is the breakdown by position for the final 50-player team: 5 QB, 5 RB, 5 WR, 2 TE, 7 OT, 5 DE, 5 DT, 5 LB, 4 CB, 4 Saf, 1 K, 1 P, 1 returner.
Below are highlights of the candidates in each category. Lots of Cal players and coaches. And lots of competition.
I will share my 10-deep ballot as soon as I compile it.
QUARTERBACK: A total of 57 nominees, including Troy Aikman, John Elway, Dan Fouts, Pat Haden, Marcus Mariota and Jim Plunkett. Cal nominees: Steve Bartkowski, Charlie Erb, Joe Kapp, Craig Morton, Aaron Rodgers, Joe Roth.