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Thursday, March 26, 2009
Ranking the Pac-10's 30 best players: No. 14

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

  Blount

No. 14

LeGarrette Blount, RB, Oregon: Blount and USC defensive end Everson Griffen are the only true 2008 backups on this list (We're not counting USC's backfield-by-committee the same way). Of course, not all backups are created equal, considering the bruising 6-foot-2, 240-pound runner led the Pac-10 with 17 rushing touchdowns, which broke the school's single-season record. He also ranked sixth in the conference with 1,002 yards and his 7.3 yards per carry ranked third behind speedsters Jahvid Best of Cal and USC's Joe McKnight. He's not just a bruiser, though. His long run of the year was 72 yards and many might remember him hurdling an Oklahoma State player in the Holiday Bowl. Now that he's back from a suspension for missing a few classes and a few team workouts, Blount can assert his claim for the starting job.

15. Alterraun Verner, CB, UCLA
16. Ed Dickson, TE, Oregon
17.
Charles Brown, OT, USC
18.
Will Tukuafu, DE, Oregon
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