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