Written by Dave Dulberg, USC blog contributor
Although the Pac-12 conference doesn't officially welcome Colorado and Utah into the fold until Friday, that didn't stop one online publication from handing out preseason honors to members of the 12 football programs.
The Cardinal and Gold came in a tie for second with Washington in AthonsSports.com's 2011 All-Pac-12 Team, trailing only the Stanford Cardinal (12). Among the Trojans' 11 selections, sophomore receiver Robert Woods and junior safety T.J. McDonald received first-team nods.
Other Trojans to be named to the list include: quarterback Matt Barkley (2nd team), center Khaled Holmes (2nd team), offensive lineman Matt Kalil (2nd team), defensive lineman Nick Perry (2nd team), cornerback Nickell Robey, Woods (2nd team kick returner), running back Marc Tyler (3rd team), defensive lineman Christian Tupou (3rd team) and place kicker Andre Heidari (3rd team).
Even though it doesn't count for anything on the field, it's good
to know that two months away from the season opener against Minnesota on Sept. 3, perception of the Trojans (at least on an individual basis) is still rather high.
All-Pac-12 Selections By School
1. Stanford (12)
2. USC (11)
2. Washington (11)
4. Oregon (9)
5. Arizona State (7)
5. California (7)
7. Oregon State (6)
8. Arizona (4)
8. UCLA (4)
11.Washington State (2)
(Photo via OC Register)