If you were going to map out mile markers for the marathon that is the college football offseason, the release of Phil Steele's preseason all-conference rankings would probably be around mile 18. We've hit that point as Steele's Pac-12 preseason All-Pac-12 teams were released on Thursday.
So how did WSU fare? The Cougars had a total of seven players named to the four all-conference teams. That is two more than the five players who made the lists last year. The Cougars had two first-teamers last season, but none this season. Here is where the Cougars checked in.
Gabe Marks -- third team WR
Dominique Williams -- fourth team WR
John Fullington -- third team guard
Darryl Monroe -- third team linebacker
Deone Bucannon -- second team safety
Andrew Furney -- second team kicker
Leon Brooks -- fourth team punt returner
Marks edges out Williams by one team as Steele apparently favors Marks in the coin-flip for who will be WSU's leading receiver. Fullington may not start as a senior, but he still makes Steele's third team. While on the surface that may seem odd, Steele has always been very high on Fullington -- he was second team last season -- so take that for what it's worth.
Monroe makes the third team and I would almost guarantee he moves up in the postseason rankings, assuming he stays healthy. Bucannon goes from a third-teamer in 2012 to the second team this season. Furney was edged out of first team by Oregon State's Trevor Romaine while Leon Brooks makes the list because Steele is apparently a big fan of fair catches.
I would have put Ioane Gauta somewhere on the list, but it's a little different because Steele lists just defensive linemen and doesn't distinguish between ends and tackles. Xavier Cooper and Cyrus Coen are two other players I could see contending for postseason honors.
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