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Who are the early Cougar favorites to land on the All Pac-12 team?

Projecting the honorees.

A few pundits have recently released mid-season All-Conference teams, so in the spirit of this I would like to do some speculating of my own. I am going to hazard some guesses on which Cougars will end up on the All-Conference team when the year is all said and done. If the Cougars continue their strong play we should see a decent amount of names popping up on post-season lists.

On the offensive side of the ball, I expect Gabe Marks to nab one of the first-team receiver slots as he is up near the top of the conference in both receptions and touchdowns. I also think that by the end of the year WSU’s offensive line will be recognized by the media and both Cody O’Connell and Cole Madison will end up on the first team. O’Connell and Madison are ranked in the top ten in the country at their positions by Pro Football Focus. Right now the Cougars are the second ranked offensive line as a unit in the country by PFF.

Therefore, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Andre Dillard and Eduardo Middleton nab second-team spots as well with Riley Sorenson making honorable mention. I’m also going to project River Cracraft to finish strong and make the second team along with Luke Falk. The three-headed running back monster of Gerard Wicks, James Williams and Jamal Morrow should all snag honorable mention slots.

On the defensive side of the ball I would have to think the at Hercules Mata’afa and Shalom Luani will be on the first team. Mata’afa leads the conference in TFL’s and Luani is the most important player on WSU’s terrific defensive unit. I think Peyton Pelluer will make the second team at linebacker and Dylan Hanser will have a shot as well. Issac Dotson, Garrett McBroom, Darrien Molton, Marcellus Pippins and Parker Henry all have a good shot at honorable mention.

What do you guys think? Did I miss anyone who may be deserving of post-season honors?


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