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Pac-12 Blog: Five Utes make SI's Pac-12 alumni team

Published July 19, 2014 2:40 pm

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Based on recent college results, Cal might be the last team to come to mind for notable NFL alumni. However, Aaron Rodgers, Marshawn Lynch and Keenan Allen have something to say about that.

Cal led the way with 11 former players on Sports Illustrated's All-Pac-12 NFL alumni team, USC coming in at a close second with 10.

Utah ranked third in the conference tied with Oregon with five on the list. Former Ute receiver Steve Smith is the lone representative on the first team list after amassing over 12,000 yards and 67 touchdowns with the Carolina Panthers before moving to the Baltimore Ravens this offseason.

However, several Utes litter the second team. On the offensive side of the ball, former Denver Broncos guard and current Jacksonville Jaguar Zane Beadles made it after paving the way for Peyton Manning's record-setting season in 2013.

On the defensive side are Paul Soliai, who signed with the Atlanta Falcons in the offseason, Paul Kruger, who had 4.5 sacks for the Cleveland Browns last season and former do-it-all Utah man Eric Weddle at safety for the San Diego Chargers.

UCLA came in with four players, while Stanford, Oregon State, Washington and Colorado tied with three. Arizona State and Arizona each had two and Washington State closed out the list with fullback Jed Collins.

Read the entire list here.

-Brennan Smith

bsmith@sltrib.com

Twitter: @BrennanJSmith