Ranking the Pac-10's top 25: No. 7


Our countdown of the Pac-10's top 25 players continues.

No. 7. Rahim Moore, S, UCLA

2009 numbers: The 6-foot-1, 195-pound junior led the nation with 10 interceptions. He also recorded 49 tackles, three tackles for a loss and seven pass defenses.

Most recent ranking: Moore was ranked 10th in our final Pac-10 top-30 list last year.

Making the case for Moore: Moore is well on his way to becoming a consensus preseason first-team All-American. He not only led the nation in interceptions last year, his 10 picks were the most for any FBS player since 1993. He's a leading candidate for the Thorpe Award (best defensive back) and might even get Nagurski Award (best defensive player) consideration, seeing that he's on the preseason watch list. Moore has started every game since his true freshman year -- 25 games -- and was the Bruins first true freshman to start every game since Matt Ware did in 2001. His 13 career interceptions is already No. 7 on the school's all-time list. If Moore improves his run support -- reviews are mixed there -- he likely will be a first-round draft pick this spring, if he opts to leave early.

No. 8. Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA

No. 9. Mike Mohamed, LB, California

No. 10. Trevin Wade, CB, Arizona

No. 11. Mason Foster, LB, Washington

No. 12. Ricky Elmore, DE, Arizona

No. 13. Kenny Rowe, DE, Oregon

No. 14. Jurrell Casey, DT, USC

No. 15. Cameron Jordan, DE, California

No. 16. Nick Foles, QB, Arizona

No. 17. Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State

No. 18: Colin Baxter, C, Arizona

No. 19: Chase Beeler, C, Stanford

No. 20. Lawrence Guy, DT, Arizona State

No. 21. Matt Barkley, QB, USC

No. 22. Owen Marecic, LB/FB, Stanford

No. 23. Kristofer O'Dowd, C, USC

No. 24: Casey Matthews, LB, Oregon

No. 25 Kai Forbath, K, UCLA