Monday, August 15, 2011
Pac-12 top 25 for 2011: No. 11
By Ted Miller
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.
11. Shayne Skov, LB, Stanford
2010 numbers: Skov finished with 84 tackles -- he missed two games with an injury -- 7.5 sacks and 10.5 tackles for a loss. He also had five pass breakups, one fumble recovery and two forced fumbles.
2010 ranking: Unranked
Making the case for Skov: Skov, a 6-foot-3, 243-pound true junior with 18 career starts, was the best player on a defense that ranked 10th in the nation in scoring (17.38 ppg) last fall, but this lofty ranking also is about how he finished. He had 46 tackles over the last six games in which Stanford allowed just 56 points while pitching two shutouts. In the dominant Orange Bowl win against Virginia Tech, he finished with 12 tackles and three sacks. His 7.5 sacks ranked third in the Pac-10, despite his missing the first two games. Further, he's an outstanding leader. He's not the most talented linebacker in the conference -- everyone knows who is -- but some might argue he's the best because of his consistent excellence and reliability.
12. T.J. McDonald, S, USC
13. Alameda Ta'amu, DT, Washington
14. Matt Kalil, OT, USC
15. Delano Howell, S, Stanford
16. Mychal Kendricks, LB, California
17. Rodney Stewart, RB, Colorado
18. Jermaine Kearse, WR, Washington
19. Chase Thomas, LB, Stanford
20. Jeff Tuel, QB, Washington State
21. Robert Woods, WR, USC
22. Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA
23. David Paulson, TE, Oregon
24. David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
25. Marquess Wilson, WR, Washington State