Pac-12 Top 25 for 2011: No. 17

February, 17, 2012
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Our countdown of the Pac-12's top-25 players continues.

You can see Ted Miller's preseason top 25 here.

No. 17. Nick Perry, DE, USC

2011 numbers: Perry led the Pac-12 in sacks with 9.5 -- including nine solo. He was fourth in tackles for a loss with 13, 12 solo. For the season, he totaled 54 tackles, broke up three passes, forced three fumbles and recovered one.

Preseason ranking: Unranked.

Making the case for Perry: Once you start digesting the numbers, it's pretty easy to see why the coaches named him to the first-team all-conference squad. There were a lot of good defensive ends in the conference this season, and Perry was the best. He stepped up big with two sacks and five tackles in USC's win at Oregon, and logged a 10-tackle performance in a one-touchdown win against Arizona. At 6-foot-3, 250 pounds, he's built to be a speed pass rusher in the NFL, and with some improvement in his run-stopping, he could be a dominant presence for a long time. ESPN's Todd McShay slots him as a potential first-round pick with a projected move to outside linebacker.

18. Nick Foles, QB, Arizona

19. T.J. McDonald, S, USC

20. Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon

21. John White IV, RB, Utah

22. Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford

23. Nickell Robey, CB, USC

24. Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford

25. David Paulson, TE, Oregon

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