No surprises on USC Football's list of 5 First-Team All-Pac 12 players

Tuli Tuipulotu, USC Football, USC Trojans
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USC Football had quite a showing on the First-Team All-Pac 12 roster this year. They had five Trojans selected. Those five were QB Caleb Williams, DL Tuli Tuipulotu, LG Andrew Vorhees, CB Mekhi Blackmon, and WR Jordan Addison. None of the five should come as any kind of surprise.

Williams was the easiest choice, as he took home the Heisman Trophy after his performance this season. Not only did he have the most total yards in USC history this year (4,447), but he also scored 37 times through the air and 10 times on the ground. He was clearly unstoppable both as a passer and a runner.

His 9.1 yards per pass attempt and 10.3 adjusted yards per pass attempt numbers were excellent, and he was accurate at a 66.1% completion percentage. He always made sure to protect the ball too; only throwing four interceptions all season.

Vorhees most certainly did a great job protecting him and helping him make all this possible. Heck, Williams even invited Vorhees and his fellow linemen to the Heisman Ceremony.

Williams also had a great target out there in Addison, who caught 59 passes for 875 yards and eight touchdowns despite missing two games (and playing another game on a strict pitch count). Addison had four carries for 33 rushing yards as well.

It wasn't just USC Football's offense, however, that deserved their selections.

Tuipulotu and Blackmon were the top two players on USC Football's defense. Anyone surprised at their selections wasn't watching. Tuipulotu had 21 tackles for loss on the season, which not only led the Pac-12 but it led ALL Power 5 players. Tuipulotu also had 12.5 sacks on the season, which led not only all Power 5 players, but the entire COUNTRY.

He had 44 tackles too, as well as three PD's and two forced fumbles. Keep in mind that he did all of this while rotating between Defensive Tackle, Defensive End, and even some Mike Linebacker as well. He did everything for the Trojans' Defense, and he did everything at a high level.

Speaking of doing things at high levels, Blackmon is also in that category. Blackmon proved to be a shutdown corner this year--picking off three passes and swatting 11(!) PDs. He was a true lock-down guy. He even found a way to record 58 tackles and two for loss as a corner. He had a fumble recovery as well, and had a season that should most certainly get him drafted into the NFL this offseason.

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SC had both great coaching and great players this season, which is why they were able to flip to an 11-2 record from where they were last year at 4-8. And if two of these selections don't suffer injuries for the Pac-12 Championship Game, SC is 12-1 and in the College Football Playoff. One of those will be back next year, and be ready to contend for yet another First-Team selection and Heisman Trophy.

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