USC football leads conference with preseason All-Pac-12 selections

USC foootball quarterback Kedon Slovis. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
USC foootball quarterback Kedon Slovis. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports) /

USC football dominated the preseason All-Pac-12 team for 2020, adding to the hype around the Trojans on the eve of the new season.

How good can USC football be in 2020? The Pac-12 media certainly thinks the Trojans have the most talent in the conference.

On Thursday, the conference announced the preseason All-Pac-12 team and it is absolutely loaded with USC players.

Quarterback Kedon Slovis headlines the team with a place over ASU’s Jayden Daniels, who the Trojans will face on Saturday morning.

USC wide receivers Amon-Ra St. Brown and Tyler Vaughns claimed both first-team slots for their position with ASU’s Frank Darby and Oregon’s Johnny Johnson III on the second team.

Alijah Vera-Tucker was the lone Trojan offensive lineman selected to the first team.

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Trojan representation is a bit lighter on defense. Outside linebacker Drake Jackson and safety Talanoa Hufanga were obvious first-team choices but no others made the cut.

There were, however, some honorable mentions, including defensive linemen Brandon Pili and Marlon Tuipulotu along with defensive backs Olaijah Griffin and Isaiah Pola-Mao.

Punter Ben Griffiths also made the second team.

Expectations are rightfully high for USC football’s 2020 lineup

No other team in the Pac-12 can boast so many All-Pac-12 selections. USC had six first-teamers compared to Oregon’s four.

The Trojans have a particularly strong edge in the South. Tight end Brant Kuithe and offensive lineman Nick Ford were the only representatives for the Utes. Colorado came next with defensive lineman Mustafa Johnson and linebacker Nate Landman. ASU’s Jermayne Lole completes the non-USC first-teamers.

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It is any wonder USC is favored to win the division. Anything less would be a complete underutilization of a talented roster.

The 2020 season will be anything but simple with COVID-19 delays and regulations dictating so much. Still, the Trojans have the personnel to get through it.

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