Let’s take just a second to suspend the debate over the hiring of Steve Sarkisian as USC’s next head coach to acknowledge the accomplishments of the Trojans just announced as honorees in the Pac-12 all-conference team.
The USC Trojans may not have started or finished the season on a high note, but they now boast three players named to the All-Pac-12 first team for their performances on the field.
Junior Marcus Martin was USC only representative on the offensive two-deep for conference honors. Martin was knocked out of the UCLA game with a dislocated knee cap.
Sophomore Leonard Williams made the defensive first team, while senior linebacker Devon Kennard, junior linebacker Hayes Pullard and senior defensive back Dion Bailey were named to the second team. Leonards had 12.5 tackles for loss this season and was a monster in the middle, even while playing through a shoulder injury. Kennard led the Trojans with nine sacks, while Pullard was the general in the middle leading the team in tackles and Bailey sat atop the stat sheet with five interceptions.
On special teams, sophomore Soma Vainuku was honored on the first team for his electric special teams play all season. Vainuku blocked multiple punts this season and was a key figure on kick coverage.