Pre-Season All-Pac 10 Football Team

Internet and CSPA magazine publishers from around the Pac-10 gathered this week to select a pre-season All-Pac 10 football squad. Here is their list of Pac-10 players to watch in 2001...

UCLA led all conference teams with five first-team selections while Oregon and Arizona State both had four apiece. Oregon State had three first-teamers, Washington, Arizona and Stanford had two each, and USC and Washington State each had one. Cal had no players named to either the first or second teams.

First Team Offense
QB Joey Harrington - Oregon
(22 of 24 possible points)
The 6-4, 220-pound senior is 18-2 in the games he has either started or played significant minutes. Harrington threw for 2,967 yards last season with 22 touchdowns and 247.3 yards per game. Harrington also had seven rushing touchdowns last season. Oregon feels so strongly about Harrington that an 80-foot banner was recently draped on a building across from Madison Square Garden in New York City, launching a Harrington for Heisman campaign. At Central Catholic High School Harrington was the star on the basketball team, star quarterback, student body president, member of the National Honor Society, and plays classical piano.
RB Ken Simonton - Oregon State
(Unanimous selection)
Simonton is the class of the Pac-10. The 5-9 200-pound senior is looking for his fourth consecutive 1,000 yard rushing season and is a very legitimate Heisman candidate. Last year Simonton gained 1,474 yards on the ground in an offense built around the diminutive tailback that is lethal in the open field and tough to take down.
RB Maurice Morris - Oregon
(16 of 24 points)
A 6-0 208-pound senior, Morris rushed for 1,188-yards and eight touchdowns last season. Morris also had 23 pass receptions for 208-yards and two touchdowns, including a 55-yard reception and touchdown run off a screen pass against Texas in the Holiday Bowl. With a new playing surface at Oregon this season, Morris may escape the nagging injury bug that hampered him last season. If he does he could well re-write many records at Oregon and the Pac-10 this upcoming season.
TE Jerramy Stevens - Washington
(22 of 24 points)
Perhaps the best tight end in the country, Stevens enters his junior season as Washington's point man on offense. At 6-7 and 264 pounds, he is an extremely difficult match up for safeties and linebackers alike. Stevens broke a school record last season, making 43 receptions for 600 yards and 3 scores. Stevens will be the main target for the Huskies through the air in 2001. He will most likely turn pro after this season, following ASU's Todd Heap's early entry after his junior season last year.
WR Keenan Howry - Oregon
(17 of 24 points)
This 5-10 170-pound junior is a 2-year letterman, having seen significant playing time as a true freshman and becoming a full-time starter last season. Howry already has 1,232 career receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches, and delivered the surprise pass to Joey Harrington in the Holiday Bowl last season. Howry is a go-to type receiver who may not be the fastest in the Pac-10, but he could well be the most sure handed. Howry is well on his way to surpassing fellow Los Alamitos High graduate Tony Hartley as Oregon's all-time leading receiver.
WR Kareem Kelly - USC
(16 of 24 points)
The 6-1 190-pound speedy junior is one of the top deep threats in the conference. He already has 109 catches for 1,698 yards in his career. He is entering his 3rd season as a starter and was named the Pac-10 freshman of the year two seasons ago.
OL Scott Peters - ASU
A 6-4 293-pound senior, Peters was named first team all Pac-10 last year when he started all 12 games. He's regarded as one of the top offensive linemen in the country and is the leader of arguably one the best offensive lines in the conference.
OL Levi Jones - ASU
A 6-6 316-pound senior and former walk-on, Jones was voted second team Pac-10 last season. Doing a fine job protecting the QB's blind side, he's considered one of the better left tackles in the nation. ESPN's Mel Kiper lists him as one of the top 15 prospects for the 2002 NFL draft.
OL Eric Heitmann - Stanford
(20 of 24 points)
A 6-4 295-pound senior, Heitmann has been the starting right guard at the Farm for every game of the last two seasons. He is the most seasoned and rounded talent on an offensive line that returns all five starters from 2000. Heitmann has been all-conference the last two years and is an all-American candidate in this his senior season.
OL Chris Gipson - Oregon State
(18 of 24 points)
A 6-3 280-pound senior, Gipson might be a little undersized but he is as tough as nails. He was a first-team all-league selection last year in his first season as a starter for the Beavers.
OL Troy Danoff - UCLA
(16 of 24 points)
A 6-5 307-pound senior, Danoff enters 2001 as a three-year starter for the Bruins. He is the undisputed leader of a Bruin line that should be the strength of a very good team this year.

First Team Defense
DL Larry Tripplett - Washington
A 6-1 300-pound senior, Tripplett is a pre-season all-American and outland award candidate. Tripplett lead the Huskies with 6.5 sacks from his nose tackle position last year. He had 38 tackles including 11 tackles for loss and knocked down three passes. Tripplett set the school squat record this spring by squatting over 750 pounds. Could've been an NFL pick last spring but decided to stay in school for his senior year.
DL Keoni Fraser - Arizona
(22 of 24 points)
A 6-1 282-pound senior is the anchor of a very good Wildcat defensive line. The former freshman all-American is considered one of the best returning defensive tackles in the conference along with Tripplett.
DL Terrell Suggs - Arizona State
(22 of 24 points)
At 6-3 and 232-pounds, Suggs isn't your average defensive lineman. He's much more. He was named the Pac-10 freshman of the year in 2000, only the second true freshman in Sun Devil history to start the first game of the season. Suggs had had 48 tackles and led the team with 16 tackles for a loss, as well as in sacks with 10 (tied for third in the Pac-10). His four forced fumbles tied him for second. He was voted first team All-American by Football news.
DL Kenyon Coleman - UCLA
(19 of 24 points)
A 6-6 276-pound senior, Coleman is a welcome addition to the UCLA line. Selected second team All Pac-10 in 1999, he was on many pre-season All-American lists a year ago before suffering a torn meniscus in the third game of the season. Coleman is back 100% and is on early lists for the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award.
LB Lance Briggs - Arizona
A 6-1 225-pound junior, Briggs is probably the best Pac-10 linebacker heading into 2001. He should contend for defensive player of the year honors, and is the league's leading returning tackler with 77 solo stops, 113 total tackles, 11 for loss. Not too shabby for a former fullback.
LB Robert Thomas - UCLA
(19 of 24 points)
A 6-2 237-pound senior, Thomas is a semi-finalist for the 2000 Dick Butkus Award and was named second-team All-Pac-10 last year. Thomas is being listed as one of the top five returning LBs in the country by many pre-season magazines. Led the Bruin team with 88 tackles.
LB Solomon Bates - Arizona State
(16 of 24 points)
Bates is huge, measuring 6-2 and weighing 257 pounds. As a sophomore last year Bates recorded 99 total tackles, 12 of them for loss. Bates had three sacks for 11 yards, eight pass deflections, four forced fumbles (tied for second in the conference) and two interceptions.
CB Rashad Bauman - Oregon
(20 of 24 points)
A 5-8 175-pound senior, Bauman is a big time player in a small package. Extremely vocal and demonstrative, Bauman had 32 tackles, five interceptions and 22 pass deflections. Bauman was named to the First Team All Pac-10 squad at the end of last season. He also was named to the Second Team All Pac-10 squad after his freshman season but a knee injury slowed him a bit. Obviously he had made a complete resurgence to become the leader of the Ducks on defense.
CB Dennis Weathersby - Oregon State
(19 of 24 points)
At 6-1 202 pounds, Weathersby is considered one of the nation's finest corners. He isn't the fastest but is an extremely sticky corner, and when he arrives to meet receivers that come into his area, he sticks them. He is the leader and will be called upon to play big in a secondary that lost two three-year starters.
S Marques Anderson - UCLA
(15 of 24 points)
A 6-0 207-pound senior, Anderson earned All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention last year. He is considered one of the best defensive backs in the west and possesses 4.4 speed inside of a linebacker's body. Anderson may be the fastest Bruin and one of the more complete defensive backs in the Pac-10.
S Billy Newman - Washington State
(14 of 24 points)
A 5-10 205-pound senior, Newman has been a physical and spiritual force on the Cougars for the last two seasons. He's led the Cougars in tackles each of the last two seasons, posting 100 stops last year and 105 in 1999. Newman had four interceptions and two blocked punts in 2000. He earned second-team all-conference recognition last season and honorable mention honors the year before. WSU is pushing him for All-America consideration in 2001.

First Team Kickers
PK Mike Biselli - Stanford
(15 of 24 points)
A 5-10 195-pound redshirt senior, Biselli burst onto the scene with his first team all-conference sophomore season in 1999, hitting every FG within 40 yards and 14 of 17 overall. That included a 52-yarder. Those numbers slipped in 2000 as Mike assumed the punting duties as well. With Eric Johnson expected to handle the punting chores this season, look for Biselli to return to form.
P Nate Fikse - UCLA
A 5-9 180-pound junior, Fikse earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors last year when he averaged 43.3 yards per punt.

Second Team Offense:
    QB Carson Palmer - USC
    RB DeShaun Foster - UCLA
    RB Sultan McCullough - USC
    TE Justin Peelle - Oregon
    WR Brian Poli-Dixon - UCLA
    WR Bobby Wade - Arizona
    OL Kyle Benn - Washington
    OL Ryan Schmid - Oregon
    OL Derrick Roche - Washington State
    OL Steve Grace - Arizona
    OL Kwame Harris - Stanford
Second Team Defense:
    DL Matt Leonard - Stanford
    DL Bernard Riley - USC
    DL Zack Frieter - Oregon
    DL Ryan Nielsen - USC
    LB Wesley Mallard - Oregon
    LB Raonall Smith - Washington State
    LB Coy Wire - Stanford
    CB Ricky Manning - UCLA
    CB Michael Jolivette - Arizona
    S Tank Williams - Stanford
    S Troy Polamalu - USC
Second Team Kickers
    PK John Anderson - Washington
    P Nick Murphy - Arizona State

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