Pac-12 top 25 for 2013: No. 6

Our countdown of the Pac-12’s top 25 preseason players in 2013 continues.

A lot of good players, as it happens every year, won’t make the preseason list. It is in their hands to make the postseason list.

You can review our 2012 postseason top 25 here.

6. Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Arizona

2012 numbers: Led the nation with 1,929 rushing yards on 303 carries, scored 23 touchdowns and averaged 148.4 yards per game on the ground. He also caught 36 balls for 303 yards and a touchdown.

2012 postseason ranking: No. 5

Making the case for Carey: The returning 2012 consensus All-American is one of the most intriguing players in the league this year. He has great power for his size (5-10, 196) and outstanding quickness. His talent is unquestioned. His offensive line with three returning starters should be pretty good, too. What is at question, however, is how he’ll perform without Matt Scott running the offense. It’s the proverbial chicken-or-egg question. Was Carey that good because Scott was such an effective passer? Or was Scott such an effective passer because Carey was that good. Probably a little of both. By the very nature of Arizona’s offense, it’s unlikely Carey will see a lot of loaded boxes, so expect, at the very least, another solid season. And if some more wide receivers can emerge -- and Rich Rodriguez settles on a quarterback who can present some sort of down-the-field-threat -- it could open things up for Carey to have another All-American season.

7. Trent Murphy, OLB, Stanford

8. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon

9. David Yankey, OG, Stanford

10. Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State

11. Ed Reynolds, S, Stanford

12. Taylor Kelly, QB, Arizona State

13. Austin Seferian Jenkins, TE, Washington

14. De'Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon

15. Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington

16. Shayne Skov, LB, Stanford

17. Kevin Hogan, QB, Stanford

18. Xavier Su'a-Filo, OL, UCLA

19. Morgan Breslin, OLB, USC

20. Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon

21. Carl Bradford, LB, Arizona State

22. Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

23. Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon

24. Marion Grice, RB, Arizona State

25. Ben Gardner, DE, Stanford