Going through the Huskies' top performers over the past couple weeks, I figured candidates for the first team of the all-Pacific-10 Conference in 2009 would be counted on one hand.
My thoughts kept going back to one player – linebacker Donald Butler.
In fact, in lieu of a dominant defensive MVP candidate, I thought Butler would be, at least, in the discussion.
The Pac-10 released its teams Monday, and no Huskies (or shockingly, Arizona Wildcats) were on the first team. Here is the list:
FIRST TEAM OFFENSEPos PlayerQB Sean Canfield, Sr., Oregon StateRB Toby Gerhart, Sr., StanfordRB Jacquizz Rodgers, So., Oregon StateWR James Rodgers,, Jr., Oregon StateWR Damian Williams, Jr., USCTE Ed Dickson, Sr., OregonOL Chris Marinelli, Sr., StanfordOL Mike Tepper, Sr., CaliforniaOL Jeff Byers, Sr., USCOL Charles Brown, Sr., USCOL Gregg Peat, Sr., Oregon State
FIRST TEAM DEFENSEPos Pos.DL Brian Price, Jr., UCLADL Stephen Paea, Jr., Oregon StateDL Tyson Alualu, Sr., CaliforniaDL Dexter Davis, Sr., Arizona StateLB Keaton Kristick, Sr., Oregon StateLB Mike Mohamed, Jr., CaliforniaLB Reggie Carter, Sr., UCLADB Rahim Moore, So., UCLADB Syd'Quan Thompson, Sr., CaliforniaDB Taylor Mays, Sr., USCDB Alterraun Verner, Sr., UCLA
FIRST TEAM SPECIALISTSPos Pos.PK Kai Forbath, Jr., UCLAP Bryan Anger, So., CaliforniaKOR Chris Owusu, So., StanfordPR Damian Williams, Jr., USCST Suaesi Tuimaunei, Jr., Oregon State
SECOND TEAM OFFENSEPos PlayerQB Jeremiah Masoli, Jr., OregonRB Jahvid Best, Jr., CaliforniaRB LaMichael James, Fr., OregonWR Chris McGaha, Sr., Arizona StateWR Jermaine Kearse, So., WashingtonTE Jim Dray, Sr., StanfordOL Colin Baxter, Jr., ArizonaOL Chase Beeler, Jr., StanfordOL Kenny Alfred, Sr., Washington StateOL Adam Grant, Gr., ArizonaOL Shawn Lauvao, Sr., Arizona State
SECOND TEAM DEFENSEPos Pos.DL Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, Sr., WashingtonDL Everson Griffen, Jr., USCDL Will Tukuafu, Sr., OregonDL Earl Mitchell, Sr., ArizonaLB Donald Butler, Sr., WashingtonLB Xavier Kelley, Gr., ArizonaLB Casey Matthews, Jr., OregonDB Cam Nelson, Sr., ArizonaDB Josh Pinkard, Sr., USCDB Trevin Wade, So., ArizonaDB Kevin Thomas, Sr., USC
SECOND TEAM SPECIALISTSPos Pos.PK Justin Kahut, Jr., Oregon StateP Jeff Locke, Fr., UCLAKOR Terrence Austin, Sr, UCLAPR Kyle Williams, Sr., Arizona StateST Garrett Green, Sr., USC
ST=special teams player (not a kicker or returner)
Offensive Player of the Year: Toby Gerhart, RB, Sr., Stanford Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year: Brian Price, DT, Jr., UCLA Offensive Freshman of the Year: LaMichael James, RB, OregonDefensive Freshman of the Year: Vontaze Burfict, MLB, Arizona StateCoach of the Year: Chip Kelly, Oregon
ARIZONA: DE Ricky Elmore, Jr.; QB Nick Foles, So.; CB Devin Ross, Sr.; MLB Vuna Tuihalamaka, Sr.
ARIZONA STATE: OLB Travis Goethel, Sr.; DT Lawrence Guy, So.; TB Dimitri Nance, Sr.; OLB Mike Nixon, Sr.
CALIFORNIA: S Sean Cattouse, So.; C Chris Guarnero, Jr.; DE Cameron Jordan, Jr.; TE Anthony Miller, So.; OT Mitchell Schwartz, So.; TB Shane Vereen, So.
OREGON: DT Brandon Bair, Jr.; KR Kenjon Barner, Fr.; PK Morgan Flint, Sr.; DE Kenny Rowe, Jr.; WR Jeff Maehl, Jr.; OLB Spencer Paysinger, Jr.; OT Bo Thran, Jr.
OREGON STATE: C Alex Linnenkohl, Jr.; MLB David Pa'aluhi, So.; OLB Keith Pankey, Jr.; OLB Dwight Roberson, Jr.
STANFORD: OG David DeCastro, Fr.; DT Sione Fua, Jr.; SS Delano Howell, So.; DE Thomas Keiser, So.; QB Andrew Luck, Fr.; FB Owen Marecic, Jr.; OT Jonathan Martin, Fr.; OG Andrew Phillips, Jr.; MLB Clinton Snyder, Sr.; WR Ryan Whalen, Jr.; PK Nate Whitaker, Jr.
UCLA: OLB Akeem Ayers, So.; OLB Kyle Bosworth, Sr.; SE Nelson Rosario, So.; OT Xavier Su'a-Filo, Fr.
USC: TB Allen Bradford, Jr.; DT Jurrell Casey, So.; MLB Chris Galippo, So.; SS Will Harris, Sr.; OG Butch Lewis, Jr.; TE Anthony McCoy, Sr.; TB Joe McKnight, Jr.; OT Tyron Smith, So.; NT Christian Tupou, Jr.
WASHINGTON: WR Devin Aguilar, So.; OLB Mason Foster, Jr.; OG Senio Kelemete, So.; QB Jake Locker, Jr.; TB Chris Polk, Fr.; C Ryan Tolar, Jr.; CB Desmond Trufant, Fr. ;
WASHINGTON STATE: P Reid Forrest, Jr.; FS Xavier Hicks, Sr.; WR Jared Karstetter, So.; DE Travis Long, Fr.; RB Dwight Tardy, Sr.