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Pac-12 top 25 for 2012: No. 11

2/10/2013

Our countdown of the top 25 players in 2012 continues.

You can see our preseason top 25 here.

No. 11: Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA

2012 numbers: He led the Pac-12 in total number of sacks with 13.5, was second in the league in total number of tackles for a loss with 21.5 and was tied for third with four fumbled forced. All while collecting 83 tackles (60 solo), breaking up five passes, blocking a kick and notching a safety. His sack total was second in the nation.

Preseason ranking: Unranked

Making the case for Barr: There are some position switches that work out well. There are others which are home runs. Moving the 6-4, 235-pound Barr to the other side of the ball was an absolute grand slam for new head coach Jim Mora. The former offensive back took to his new gig as an outside linebacker with great haste and quickly became one of the most dominant defensive players in the nation in UCLA's 3-4 scheme. His numbers are impressive -- and the fact that he was raw at the position only bodes well in the future. Once ranked No. 10 on Mel Kiper's Big Board, Barr has opted to return to the Bruins for another season --and more seasoning. Without seasoning, he was a first-team All-Pac-12 performer, was a second-team AP All-American and any preseason list for 2013 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year should have him toward the top.

No. 12: Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State

No. 13: Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford

No. 14: Matt Barkley, QB, USC

No. 15: Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA

No. 16: Trent Murphy, OLB, Stanford

No. 17
: Chase Thomas, OLB, Stanford

No. 18: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon

No. 19: David Yankey, OL, Stanford

No. 20: Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon

No. 21: Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State

No. 22: Ed Reynolds, S, Stanford

No. 23: Michael Clay, LB, Oregon

No. 24: Taylor Kelly, QB, Arizona State

No. 25: Reggie Dunn, KR, Utah