Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Six who should be in the post-season top 25
By ESPN.com staff
We ranked the top-25 players in the Pac-10. We noted six who just missed. Now we've got six who are good bets to be on a post-season top 25. And some honorable mentions.
Honorable mention: Juron Criner, WR, Arizona; Omar Bolden, CB, Arizona State; Anthony Miller, TE, California; Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon; Gabe Miller, DE, Oregon State; Sione Fua, DT, Stanford; Datone Jones, DE, UCLA; Allen Bradford, RB, USC; Senio Kelemete, OT, Washington; Travis Long, DE, Washington State.
- Shareece Wright, CB, USC: Former defensive coordinator Nick Holt said Wright, who was academically ineligible in 2009, was the best cover corner he'd coached at USC. Wright is a good bet for first-team All-Pac-10, but he's got to get on the field and perform.
- Chris Owusu, WR, Stanford: Already getting preseason All-American honors as a kick returner, the speedy Owusu could break through as a deep-threat receiver this fall.
- Ronald Johnson, WR, USC: One of the conference's best deep threats, he missed half of last season with a broken collarbone and it took a while for him to rediscover his form. Looked like he did just that during spring practices.
- John Boyett, S, Oregon: Stepping in when T.J. Ward went down, he became the first freshman to lead the Ducks in tackles since the defensive records were first consistently recorded in 1969. Should be an all-conference threat a sophomore.
- Jeff Maehl, WR, Oregon: A clutch playmaker, he ranked 10th in receptions and 10th in receiving yards per game in the conference in 2009, but those numbers figure to go up as he looks like the go-to receiver for a team that might throw more in 2010.
- David DeCastro, OG, Stanford: He was good as a redshirt freshman. He could be dominating as a sophomore. In fact, any of the four returning starters on the Cardinal line is a threat for all-conference honors.