Returning All-Conference Players, as of 1/6/14

With our big news, and the news that Oregon's likely 1st round DB is returning, I thought it might be interesting to see how each team in the conference stacks up in terms of returning all-conference players, taking into account declared intents to enter the NFL draft. Obviously this could change somewhat, with the declaration deadline still more than a week away. But as of this moment...

UCLA- Myles Jack (2nd team LB, offensive and defensive freshman of the year), Ryan Hoffmeister (2nd team special teams), Jake Brendel (Hon mention OL), Jayon Brown (Hon mention special teams), Sean Covington (Hon mention P), Thomas Duarte (Hon mention TE), Devin Fuller (Hon mention WR), Randall Goforth (Hon mention DB), Brett Hundley (Hon mention QB), Anthony Jefferson (Hon mention DB), Eric Kendricks (Hon mention LB), Ellis McCarthy (Hon mention DL), Fabian Moreau (Hon mention DB), Alex Redmond (Hon mention OL), Eddie Vanderdoes (Hon mention DL)

Arizona- Ka'Deem Carey (1st team RB, offensive player of the year), Wade Phillips (Hon mention WR), Jared Tevis (Hon mention DB), Scooby Wright (Hon mention LB)

Arizona State- Taylor Kelly (2nd team QB), Jaelen Strong (2nd team WR), Jamil Douglas (2nd team OL), Carl Bradford (2nd team LB), Zane Gonzalez (1st team PK), D.J. Foster (Hon mention special teams), De'Marieya Nelson (Hon mention special teams)

Cal- Jared Goff (Hon mention QB), Bryce Treggs (Hon mention WR)

Colorado- Mike Adkins (Hon mention RB), Addison Gillam (Hon mention LB), Will Oliver (Hon mention PK)

Oregon- Marcus Mariota (1st team QB), Hroniss Grasu (1st team OL), Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (1st team DB), Erick Dargan (2nd team special teams), Bralon Addison (Hon mention WR), Tyler Johnstone (Hon mention OL), Derrick Malone (Hon mention LB), Byron Marshall (Hon mention RB), Tony Washington (Hon mention DL)

Oregon State- Isaac Seumalo (2nd team OL), Connor Hamlett (Hon mention TE), Sean Mannion (Hon mention QB), Ryan Murphy (Hon mention DB), Steven Nelson (Hon mention DB), Terron Ward (Hon mention special teams)

Stanford- Ty Montgomery (2nd team WR, 1st team kick returner), Andrus Peat (2nd team OL), Alex Carter (Hon mention DB), Jordan Richards (Hon mention DB)

$C- Leonard Williams (1st team DL), Hayes Pullard (2nd team LB), Soma Vainuku (1st team special teams), Nelson Agholor (2nd team kick returner, Hon mention WR), Kris Albarado (Hon mention K), Javorius Allen (Hon mention RB), Su'a Cravens (Hon mention DB), Xavier Grimble (Hon mention TE), Cody Kessler (Hon mention QB), Josh Shaw (Hon mention DB), J.R. Tavai (Hon mention DL), Max Tuerk (Hon mention OL)

Utah- Tom Hackett (1st team P), Dres Anderson (Hon mention WR), Andy Phillips (Hon mention K), Jason Whittingham (Hon mention LB)

Washington- Hau'oli Kikaha (2nd team DL), Marcus Peters (2nd team DB), Dexter Charles (Hon mention OL), Mike Criste (Hon mention OL), Micah Hatchie (Hon mention OL), Danny Shelton (Hon mention DL), Shaq Thompson (Hon mention LB)

Washington State- River Cracraft (Hon mention WR)

Summing up by the numbers- UCLA (counting Jack as defense) offense 5, defense 7, special teams 2 = 14

Arizona offense 2, defense 2 = 4

Arizona State offense 3, defense 1, special teams 3 = 7

Cal offense 2

Colorado offense 1, defense 1, special teams 1 = 2

Oregon offense 5, defense 3, special teams 1 = 9

Oregon State offense 3, defense 2, special teams 1 = 6

Stanford offense 2, defense 2 = 4

$C offense 5, defense 5, special teams 2 = 12

Utah offense 1, defense 1, special teams 2 = 4

Washington offense 3, defense 4 = 7

Washington State offense 1

A couple of observations- In terms of sheer numbers, we have more returning players with at least honorable mention all conference status than any other team.

In terms of sheer numbers, $C is 2nd. I would argue that the $C whole is less than the sum of the parts. When the players line up for the opening game, they will be on their 3rd coach in 13 games. No thanks.

Stanford's phenomenal senior class, who for the true freshmen who graduated only ever played in BCS bowl games, is gone. They now have only 4 players returning with at least honorable mention all conference status. Kevin Hogan is not on this list. But even with him, there will be some major major holes to fill.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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