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Notes on the preseason Pac-12 top 25

9/2/2012

Our listing of the Pac-12's top 25 players concluded on Friday, just in time for the season.

You can review the entire list here.

And here are some notes you might find interesting.

By unit

Offense
: 16

Defense: 9

The 2011 postseason list broke down with 19 offensive players and six defensive players. The league does feel like it will be better on defense this year.

By team

USC ... 8

Oregon ... 4

Stanford ... 3

California, Utah, Washington, Washington State ... 2

Arizona State, Oregon State ... 1

Arizona, Colorado, & UCLA ... 0

USC dominates the list, and really there's no one you could make a decent argument doesn't belong on the list. On the 2011 postseason list, Stanford had six and Oregon five. If I were a gambling man, I'd wager Oregon might add two or three players to the 2012 postseason list.

As for the teams with no players: Who would you make a case for? Kevin and I discussed Colorado offensive lineman David Bakhtiari, who was second-team All-Pac-12 in 2011, and UCLA RB Johnathan Franklin. Arizona has QB Matt Scott and a couple of nice guys in the secondary.

By position

QB ... 3

WR ... 4

RB ... 7

OL ... 1

TE ... 1

LB ... 3

DE ... 1

DT... 1

CB ... 2

S ... 2

There were five QBs and four running backs on the 2011 postseason list, so maybe the league will be more run-based this fall. There were three offensive linemen on the postseason list -- I bet you can name them. Every position group -- other than special teams -- got at least one player. That happens in large part because while making the list you think, "Who's the best guy in the conference at this position?"

Fourteen guys from the 2011 list are back, and five of them are from USC. Here they are with their old ranking.

2. Matt Barkley, QB, USC

5. Chase Thomas, LB, Stanford

7. Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

8. Robert Woods, WR, USC

11. Keith Price, QB, Washington

12 De'Anthony Thomas, WR-RB, Oregon

13. Marquess Wilson, WR, Washington State

15. Keenan Allen, WR, California

16. Marqise Lee, WR, USC

19. T.J. McDonald, S, USC

20. Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon

21. John White, RB, Utah

23. Nickell Robey, CB, USC

24. Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford

New guys on the list include:

No. 13: Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon

No. 16: John Boyett, S, Oregon

No. 17: Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State

No. 18: Khaled Holmes, C, USC

No. 19: Cameron Marshall, RB, Arizona State

No. 20: Dion Bailey, LB, USC

No. 21: Shayne Skov, LB, Stanford

No. 22: Curtis McNeal, RB, USC

No. 23: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington

No. 24: Isi Sofele, RB, California

No. 25: Jeff Tuel, QB, Washington State

So who moves up the list? Or gets knocked off? You can expect the postseason list to be very different.

And, by the way, far more meaningful. It will reflect actual performance rather than projection.