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Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Ranking the Pac-10's 30 best players: No. 18

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

  Tukuafu

No. 18

Will Tukuafu, DE, Oregon: Hey, look -- new Oregon coach Chip Kelly and the Pac-10 blog agree: Tukuafu is a bad man. Said Kelly: Tukuafu is "as good as any D-lineman in this conference." Tukuafu didn't make the All-Pac-10 team in 2008 in large part because he played in the shadow of All-American end Nick Reed, but Tukuafu, who will be starting his third consecutive season in 2009 after transferring from junior college, figures to find the spotlight this fall. The 6-foot-4, 272-pounder is strong against both the run and pass -- he actually led all Ducks defensive linemen with 59 tackles in 2008. He also recorded 7.5 sacks and ranked fifth in the conference with 17.5 tackles for loss.   

19. Josh Pinkard, DB, USC
20. Reggie Carter, LB, UCLA:
21. Stafon Johnson, RB, USC
22. James Rodgers, WR, Oregon State
23. Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, DE, Washington:
24. Lawrence Guy, DT, Arizona State; Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State
25. Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford
26. Tyson Alualu, DE, California
27. Devin Ross, CB, Arizona
28. Keaton Kristick, LB, Oregon State
29. Brooks Reed, DE, Arizona
30. Everson Griffen, DE, USC