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Pac-12 Top 25 for 2013: No. 3

1/31/2014

Our countdown of the Pac-12’s Top 25 players from the 2013 season continues.

You can review our 2013 preseason Top 25 here.

No. 3: Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA

2013 numbers: Finished with 65 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, forced five fumbles and recovered four.

Preseason ranking: No. 4

Making the case for Barr: Stanford coach David Shaw made the case for Barr in October when he said, "He’s the best defensive player we’ve probably seen in this conference the last few years. I don’t think it’s close." Not close? We'll go ahead and write that off as hyperbole, but the message was clear: Barr is a special talent. He's currently the No. 2 player on Mel Kiper Jr.'s Big BoardInsider and some talent evaluators have him ahead of Jadeveon Clowney. Barr finished eighth in the country in tackles for loss and 18th in sacks. A consensus All-American, he was also named first-team All-Pac-12 for the second straight season.

The countdown:

No. 4: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

No. 5: Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington

No. 6: Trent Murphy, LB, Stanford

No. 7: Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State

No. 8: Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA

No. 9: David Yankey, OL, Stanford

No. 10: Leonard Williams, DE, USC

No. 11: Marion Grice, RB, Arizona State

No. 12: Xavier Su'a-Filo, OL, UCLA

No. 13: Tyler Gaffney, RB, Stanford

No. 14: Taylor Kelly, QB, Arizona State

No. 15: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon

No. 16: Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State

No. 17: Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado

No. 18: Shayne Skov, LB, Stanford

No. 19: Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State

No. 20: Trevor Reilly, DE/OLB, Utah

No. 21: Sean Mannion, QB, Oregon State

No. 22: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington

No. 23: Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon

No. 24: Josh Huff, WR, Oregon

No. 25: Myles Jack, LB/RB, UCLA