Entering the season, the Pac-10 was expected to be rich with running backs, and the league didn't disappoint.
Stanford's Toby Gerhart has made a serious push for the Heisman Trophy and led a competitive race for running backs spots on our All-Pac-10 football team. No doubt, Pac-10 second-team selections could be first-team selections in other conference.
Here is the 2009 Rivals.com All-Pac-10 team.
Particulars: 5-11/214, Jr.
High school: Honolulu St. Louis
Buzz: Masoli is one of the country's premier dual-threat quarterbacks. He led the Ducks to the Pac-10 championship by passing for 2,066 yards and 15 touchdowns and rushing for 659 yards and 12 TDs.
Particulars: 5-9/180, R-Fr.
High school: Texarkana (Texas) Liberty-Eylau
Buzz: Though he didn't break into the starting lineup until the third game, James has the seventh-highest rushing total in the nation with 1,476 yards. He rushed for at least 150 yards in six games.
Particulars: 6-7/300, Sr.
High school: Braintree (Mass.) Boston College High
Buzz: One of the nation's premier linemen, he starred on an offensive unit that led the Pac-10 in rushing and was second in the country in sacks allowed.
Particulars: 6-7/319, Sr.
High school: Cypress (Calif.) Pacifica
Buzz: He came back strong from an injury to boost a Cal offense that averaged almost 400 yards per game and ranked fourth in the Pac-10.
Particulars: 6-2/300, Sr.
High school: Gig Harbor (Wash.) High
Buzz: One of the few bright spots for the Cougars this season, Alfred was named Washington State's top offensive player in seven of their 12 games.
Particulars: 6-0/192, Jr.
High school: Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame
Buzz: A Lou Groza Award finalist, Forbath has converted 26-of-29 field-goal attempts and made all 23 kicks he has attempted inside 50 yards.
Particulars: 6-2/201, Soph.
High school: Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
Buzz: He's the Pac-10 leader and fifth-ranked return specialist in the country. Owusu averages 32.5 yards per return and brought back three kickoffs for touchdowns.