Thursday, June 17, 2010
Ranking the Pac-10's top 25: No. 13
By ESPN.com staff
Our countdown of the Pac-10's top 25 players continues.
No. 13. Kenny Rowe, DE, Oregon
2009 numbers: The 6-foot-3, 231-pound senior led the Pac-10 with 11.5 sacks in 2009. He also had 43 tackles, 15 tackles for a loss, two QB hurries, four pass breakups, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
Most recent ranking: Rowe was ranked 28th in our final Pac-10 top 30 list last year.
Making the case for Rowe: What is it with Oregon and undersized ends who opponents can't keep off their quarterback? First there was Nick Reed and now there's Rowe, who announced himself as a national figure when he tied a Rose Bowl record with three sacks. Rowe is quick and tenacious, which often causes problems for lumbering offensive tackles. He also has the speed to drop into coverage, though most would prefer to see him rushing off the edge. The goal this year is to become a more complete player. That means being more consistent in run support.
No. 14. Jurrell Casey, DT, USC
No. 15. Cameron Jordan, DE, California
No. 16. Nick Foles, QB, Arizona
No. 17. Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State
No. 18: Colin Baxter, C, Arizona
No. 19: Chase Beeler, C, Stanford
No. 20. Lawrence Guy, DT, Arizona State
No. 21. Matt Barkley, QB, USC
No. 22. Owen Marecic, LB/FB, Stanford
No. 23. Kristofer O'Dowd, C, USC
No. 24: Casey Matthews, LB, Oregon
No. 25 Kai Forbath, K, UCLA