Pac-12 Top 25 for 2011: No. 16

February, 21, 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. 16 Marqise Lee, WR, USC

2011 numbers: Lee caught 73 passes for 1,143 yards with 11 touchdowns. He also averaged 28.5 yards on 10 kickoff returns, with an 88-yard TD.

Preseason ranking: Unranked.

Making the case for Lee: Lee, 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, was the Trojans' "other" super frosh receiver, but he ended up having the season many predicted for George Farmer and was every bit the equal of All-American Robert Woods by season's end. Lee led the Trojans with 15.7 yards per reception and earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors. He would have led the conference in kickoff returns if he had enough touches to qualify. Further, Lee really stepped up late in the season when Woods was banged-up. He caught seven of his 11 TD passes over the final five games and hauled in 21 passes for 411 yards in the final two -- wins over Oregon and UCLA. Lee and Woods will be widely regarded as the best WR tandem in the nation in 2012. Both will be All-American candidates. (And, don't look now, but it might be harder to earn first-team All-Pac-12 honors at WR than All-American honors.)

17. Nick Perry, DE, USC

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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