Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Pac-12 Top 25 for 2011: No. 10
By ESPN.com staff
Our countdown of the Pac-12's top 25 players continues as we now move into the top 10.
You can see Ted Miller's preseason top 25 here.
No. 10. Jonathan Martin, LT, Stanford
2011 numbers: Martin protected QB Andrew Luck's blindside and the Cardinal gave up just 11 sacks in 2011, which tied for seventh fewest in the nation. The Cardinal also ranked 18th in the nation with 210.6 yards rushing per game.
Preseason ranking: No. 10
Making the case for Martin: The case will best be made for Martin when he's a first-round NFL draft choice this spring. The 6-foot-6, 304-pound junior opted to enter the draft a year early after earning first-team All-Pac-12 honors for a second consecutive year after being honorable mention as a redshirt freshman. Martin was a preseason first-team Playboy preseason All-America selection and made a number of postseason All-American teams, including Walter Camp (first team) and AP (second team). For two years in a row, Stanford has had the best offensive line in the conference -- in 2010, the Cardinal allowed just six sacks and rushed for 213.8 yards per game. Martin was the cornerstone both years.
No. 11 Keith Price, QB, Washington
No. 12 (tie). Darron Thomas, QB & De'Anthony Thomas, WR-RB, Oregon
13. Marquess Wilson, WR, Washington State
14. David DeCastro, OL, Stanford
15. Keenan Allen, WR, California
16. Marqise Lee, WR, USC
17. Nick Perry, DE, USC
18. Nick Foles, QB, Arizona
19. T.J. McDonald, S, USC
20. Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
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