Athlon Sports polled 19 media members who follow the Pac-12 (including me), asking us to rank the best players in the conference.
Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright was a near-unanimous pick, earning 16 first-place votes to easily outdistance runnerup Myles Jack, a linebacker from UCLA.
USC quarterback Cody Kessler earned two first-place votes and finished third in the poll, with Cal QB Jared Goff fourth. The only other Cal player to receive votes was wide receiver Kenny Lawler, who finished tied for 30th.
A few curiosities:
— USC players grabbed five of the top 16 spots.
— QB Vernon Adams, who just arrived at Oregon this week as a graduate transfer from Eastern Washington, checks in at No. 20.
— Stanford QB Kevin Hogan, despite a sparkling career win-loss record, is tied for 25th.
Here’s the full list:
1. Scooby Wright, LB, Arizona (16 first-place votes) 282; 2. Myles Jack, LB, UCLA (1) 234; 3. Cody Kessler, QB, USC (2) 208; 4. Jared Goff, QB, Cal 181; 5 tie. Devontae Booker, RB, Utah & Su’a Cravens, LB, USC, 175; 7. DeForest Buckner, DL, Oregon, 160; 8. Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon 154; 9. Adoree Jackson, CB/WR, USC 151; 10. Paul Perkins, RB, UCLA 82.
11. Max Tuerk, C, USC 81; 12. D.J. Foster, WR, Arizona State 61; 13. Nelson Spruce, WR, Colorado 48; 14. Kyle Murphy, OL, Stanford 44; 15. Kenny Clark, DL, UCLA 43; 16. JuJu Smith, WR, USC 27; 17. Nick Wilson, FB, Arizona 24; 18. Budda Baker, Saf, Washington 21; 19. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford 20; 20. Vernon Adams, QB, Oregon 19.
21. Byron Marshall, WR, Oregon 16; 22. Hunter Dimick, DE, Utah 9; 23. Cayleb Jones, WR, Arizona 8; 24. Bralon Addison, WR, Oregon 7; 25 tie. Mike Bercovici, QB, Arizona State and Kevin Hogan, QB, Stanford 6; 27 tie. Victor Bolden, WR, Oregon State, Pharoh Brown, TE, Oregon, Eddie Vanderdoes, DL, UCLA 5; 30 tie. Demario Richard, RB, Arizona State and Kenny Lawler, WR, Cal 4.
32 tie. Gionni Paul, LB, Utah, Tom Hackett, P, Utah, and Jake Brendel, C, UCLA 3; 35. Joshua Garnett, OL, Stanford 2; 36 tie. Sefo Liufau, QB, Colorado, Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA, Tyler Johnstone, OT, Oregon, and Deon Hollins, LB, UCLA 1.
My votes: 1. Scooby Wright, LB, Arizona; 2. Jared Goff, QB, Cal; 3. Myles Jack, LB, UCLA; 4. Cody Kessler, QB, USC; 5. DeForest Buckner, DL, Oregon; 6. Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon; 7. Su’a Cravens, LB, USC; 8. Kyle Murphy, OT, Stanford; 9. Max Tuerk, C, USC; 10. Kevin Hogan, QB, Stanford; 11. Paul Perkins, RB, UCLA; 12. Kenny Lawler, WR, Cal; 13. Devontae Booker, RB, Utah; 14. Adoree Jackson, DB, UCLA; 15. D.J. Foster, WR, Arizona State.