USC Football: Trojans Dominate Pac-12 All-Century Team


USC football had 25 representatives named to the Pac-12 All-Century Team, quintupling the selections by any other school in the conference.

Considering its rich history as a football power, USC’s dominance on the All-Century team should come as no surprise. Having said that, the sheer volume of Trojans selected — half of the available places — is still as impressive as the Pac-12’s 100-year anniversary. Arizona’s five selections were the next most by any team.

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Though Stanford’s John Elway earned Offensive Player of the Century honors, the Trojans took the other two major honors with Ronnie Lott named Defensive Player of the Century and John McKay named Coach of the Century.

Reggie Bush was the only player selected to two different positions, as a running back and first team returner.

In fact, USC’s swept the running back position, placing all five Heisman winners from the school on the team. There have been other great running backs in the conference, but arguing a snub is difficult when the likes of Marcus Allen, OJ Simpson, Charles White, Bush and Mike Garrett claimed the available spots.

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It was similarly crowded on the offensive line, where three of the five first team places are owned by Trojans — Ron Yary, Tony Boselli and Anthony Munoz. Brad Budde also earned a spot on the second team.

Three of the five receivers were Trojans as well with Keyshawn Johnson and Lynn Swann filling the first team and Marqise Lee represented on the second team.

With Matt Leinart was selected at quarterback, behind Elway, Marcus Mariota, Jim Plunkett and Andrew Luck, and tight end Charles Young selected as second string to Cal’s Tony Gonzalez, there are no offensive positions without Trojans picked.

On defense USC owns the linebacker and safety positions. Junior Seau and Lott claimed first team honors at their respective positions, backed up by Richard Wood and Chris Claiborne at linebacker and Troy Polamalu and Mark Carrier at safety.

Joey Browner was also named a first team cornerback.

Though defensive line was the only level of the first team defense without a Trojan representative, Leonard Williams did make the cut up front on the second team.

Here is the full Pac-12 All-Century Team:


John Elway, Stanford

Marcus Mariota, Oregon

Jim Plunkett, Stanford

Andrew Luck, Stanford

Matt Leinart, USC

Running Backs

Marcus Allen, USC

OJ Simpson, USC

Charles White, USC

Reggie Bush, USC

Mike Garrett, USC

Wide Receivers

Keyshawn Johnson, USC

Lynn Swann, USC

Marqise Lee, USC

JJ Stokes, UCLA

Ken Margerum, Stanford

Tight Ends

Tony Gonzalez, California

Charles Young, USC

Offensive Line

Jonathan Ogden, UCLA

Ron Yary, USC

Tony Boselli,USC

Anthony Munoz, USC

Lincoln Kennedy, Washington

Brad Budde, USC

Randall McDaniel, Arizona State

Defensive Ends

Tedy Bruschi, Arizona

Terrell Suggs, Arizona State

Willie McGinest, USC

Andre Carter, California

Jim Jeffcoat, Arizona State

Defensive Tackles

Steve Emtman, Washington

Haloti Ngata, Oregon

Rob Waldrop, Arizona

Leonard Williams, USC

Ed White, California


Junior Seau, USC

Jerry Robinson, UCLA

Ricky Hunley, Arizona

Richard Wood, USC

Chris Claiborne, USC


Joey Browner, USC

Mel Renfro, Oregon

Chris McAlister, Arizona

Antoine Cason, Arizona


Ronnie Lott, USC

Kenny Easley, UCLA

Troy Polamalu, USC

Mark Carrier, USC


Jason Hanson, Washington State


Tom Hackett, Utah


Reggie Bush, USC


John McKay, USC