Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Pac-12 Top 25 for 2011: No. 20
By Kevin Gemmell
Our countdown of the Pac-12's top-25 players continues.
You can see Ted Miller's preseason top 25 here.
20. Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
2011 numbers: Totaled 7.5 sacks on the year to go with 13 tackles for a loss and 42 total tackles.
Preseason ranking: Unranked
Making the case for Jordan: Having to replace six starters on defense from the 2010 squad, Oregon was solid on defense in 2011 — and Jordan had a lot to do with it. Now two full seasons removed from his switch from tight end to defensive end, Jordan came on very strong in the second half of the year — notching six of his sacks in the final seven games of the season. The First-Team All-Pac-12 defensive end tied for fifth in the conference in tackles for a loss, while leading the Ducks in TFLs and in sacks.
21. John White IV, RB, Utah
22. Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
23. Nickell Robey, CB, USC
24. Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford
25. David Paulson, TE, Oregon