Pac-10 top 25 from 2010: No. 24

February, 15, 2011
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We continue our countdown of the Pac-10's 25 best players from 2010.

Note: Because this is ranking players based on this past season, it's Pac-10, not Pac-12.

[+] EnlargeJurrell Casey
Ric Tapia/Icon SMIJurrell Casey was one of the more consistent performers on the USC defense.
Here are the preseason rankings (click each name to read the blurb).

24. Jurrell Casey, DT, USC

2010 numbers: Casey, 6-foot-1, 305 pounds, finished with 67 tackles, including 11 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks. He also had an interception, three pass defenses and a fumble recovery.

Preseason ranking: No. 14

Making the case for Casey: In a year when the USC defense was inconsistent, Casey was not, which is why he earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors. He led the Trojans in tackles for a loss and sacks and led the defensive line in tackles. The true junior -- he's seen significant action since his freshman year and was a starter in 2009 -- opted to enter the NFL draft early. He likely will be off the board before the end of the second round. Casey fell from No. 14 mostly for two reasons: 1. The USC defense wasn't good in 2010; 2. Other players moved up.

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