Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Pac-12 top 25 for 2011: No. 24
By ESPN.com staff
Our countdown of the Pac-12's top-25 players continues.
You can see the final post-2010 top 25 here. It doesn't, however, include players from Colorado or Utah.
24. David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
2010 numbers: DeCastro, a redshirt junior, has made 26 starts over the past two seasons.
2010 ranking: Unranked.
Making the case for DeCastro: We're going to be honest here, which is sometimes a mistake on the Pac-12 blog: It was DeCastro vs. Colorado guard Ryan Miller for this spot. Miller is rated the No. 2 senior offensive guard in the country by Mel Kiper, while DeCastro is the No. 1 junior. Both are outstanding players, and we tend to be sympathetic to Miller as a senior and the new guy. But DeCastro was the best run blocker on a dominant offensive line last season, and could end up being a first-round NFL draft pick this spring, which is saying something for a guard. DeCastro earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors last season after earning honorable mention as a redshirt freshman. Over those two seasons, DeCastro (6-foot-5, 310 pounds) and the Cardinal line yielded just 13 sacks total, while also leading rushing attacks that averaged 214 and 218 yards per game, respectively. DeCastro has earned preseason All-American notices from a variety of publications and is on the Outland Trophy watch list. If I were making a list, he's the guy you'd least like to have blocking you this fall in that he seems to particularly enjoy finishing his blocks with prejudice.
25. Marquess Wilson, WR, Washington State