Pac-10 top 25 from 2010: No. 10


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

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

Here are the preseason rankings (click each name to read the blurb).

No. 10. Chase Beeler, C, Stanford

2010 numbers: Beeler earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors. Oh, and he was a consensus All-American.

Preseason ranking: No. 19

Making the case for Beeler: Beeler was the quarterback of perhaps the best line in the nation. Stanford ranked 17th in the nation in rushing -- 213.8 yards per game -- and allowed just six sacks, the second fewest in the nation. The Cardinal ranked 14th in the nation in total offense (472.5) and ninth in scoring offense with 40.3 ppg. While Beeler isn't widely seen as an elite NFL prospect, this ranking is about what he accomplished on the field in 2010, and that was quite a lot. And that's why he was a first-team All-American for the Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America and American Football Coaches Association and earned second-team honors with Walter Camp.

No. 11. Omar Bolden, CB, Arizona State

No. 12. Jeff Maehl, WR, Oregon

No. 13 Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State

No. 14. Matt Barkley, QB, USC

No. 15. Brooks Reed, DE, Arizona

No. 16. Tyron Smith, OT, USC

No. 17. Kenny Rowe, DE, Oregon

No. 18. Nick Foles, QB, Arizona

No. 19. Casey Matthews, LB, Oregon

No. 20. Talmadge Jackson, CB, Oregon

No. 21. Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA

No. 22. Cliff Harris, CB, Oregon

No. 23. Jermaine Kearse, WR, Washington

No. 24. Jurrell Casey, DT, USC

No. 25. Shane Vereen, RB, California