Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Ranking the Pac-10's top 25: No. 9
By ESPN.com staff
Our countdown of the Pac-10's top 25 players continues.
No. 9. Mike Mohamed, LB, California
2009 numbers: Mohamed led the Pac-10 with 112 tackles -- 8.6 per game -- with eight tackles for loss, two sacks, three interceptions, three QB hurries, three pass break-ups and one forced fumble.
Most recent ranking: The 6-foot-3, 238-pound senior was ranked 22nd in our final Pac-10 top-30 list last year.
Making the case for Mohamed: Mohamed is the only returning linebacker who earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors in 2009 (he was honorable mention in 2008). He's already earned a spot on a number of preseason All-America teams, including Playboy and Phil Steele, and he's been named to the watch list for the Nagurski Award, the Rotary Lombardi Award and The Lott Trophy. He also has been named to the Pac-10 All-Academic team three times, earning first-team recognition in each of the last two campaigns.
No. 10. Trevin Wade, CB, Arizona
No. 11. Mason Foster, LB, Washington
No. 12. Ricky Elmore, DE, Arizona
No. 13. Kenny Rowe, DE, Oregon
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