Seven Trojan Footballers Make All-Pac-12 First Team|
Nov. 28, 2011
Seven USC football players--more than from any other school--were named to the 2011 All-Pac-12 first team, while wide receiver Marqise Lee and linebacker Dion Bailey were named Pac-12 Offensive and Defensive Freshmen of the Year.
The Trojan All-Pac-12 first teamers were wide receiver Robert Woods (the only unanimous choice on the first team), offensive tackle Matt Kalil, defensive end Nick Perry, safety T.J. McDonald, cornerback Nickell Robey, placekicker Andre Heidari and fullback/tight end Rhett Ellison (as a special teams player).
The selection of Lee and Bailey as Freshmen of the Year marked the first time that a conference school had both the Offensive and Defensive Freshmen of the Year. They join Woods (2010), wide receivers Kareem Kelly (1999) and Mike Williams (2002) and safety Taylor Mays (2006) as Trojans to win league Freshman of the Year honors. Lee shared his honor with Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas.
Lee and Bailey also made the All-Pac-12 second team along with quarterback Matt Barkley, center Khaled Holmes and defensive end Wes Horton.
Only 2 of USC's 16 All-Pac-12 selections in 2011 were seniors.
The team is selected the league's head coaches.