Eugene, Oregon — On Wednesday, during the Pac-12 media day, members of the media voted on the inaugural Pac-12 All-Preseason Team. Four Oregon Ducks’ players were inducted into the team, with nine other players getting honorable mentions and entering the second team.
The four players that received the media votes to be on the All-Preseason Team were as follows: senior linebacker Troy Dye, senior quarterback Justin Herbert, and two offensive linesmen, both seniors — Calvin Throckmorton and Shane Lemieux. The quarterback, Herbert, received almost unanimous confidence from the media at Pac-12. To be exact, 31 votes out of total 33 had his name on them.
When it comes to the number of players included, the Utah Utes were conference-high, with five players in the first team. The Ducks had to split the second place with the Stanford Cardinal as they also ended up with four first-teamers.
Sophomore offensive tackle, Penei Sewell, represented the Ducks in the second team. There, Sewell was joined by two of his teammates — cornerback Thomas Graham and defensive tackle Jordon Scott, both juniors.
Furthermore, there were six other Oregon Ducks players who received votes from the members of the media but not enough to find their names on the first and second teams. Therefore, they received honorable mention honors. Out of those six, there were four seniors and two sophomore players. Seniors included center Jake Hanson, wide receiver Brenden Schooler, guard Dallas Warmack, and tight end Jacob Breeland. The two sophomores that joined them were running back CJ Verdell and safety Jevon Holland.
Improvements From Last Year
The inclusion of four players into the first team represents quite a step-up from the last season. As a reminder, last year, head coaches of the league voted on the All-Pac-12 first team for the regular part of the 2018 season. There were only two Oregon Ducks players; Brenden Schooler was a junior all-purpose player, while Jalen Jelks joined the first-team defense as a senior. Moreover, there were only three Ducks on the second team — junior receiver Dillon Mitchell, junior linebacker Troy Dye, and junior offensive guard Shane Lemieux.
On the same day, they also released the Pac-12 media poll. According to it, Oregon Ducks are the biggest favorites to win the Pac-12 North and will probably have to fight it out with rivals Washington.