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Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Pac-12 Top 25 for 2011: No. 9

By Kevin Gemmell

Our countdown of the Pac-12's top 25 players continues.

You can see Ted Miller's preseason top 25 here.

No. 9. Chris Polk, RB, Washington

2011 numbers: Polk rushed for 1,488 yards and 12 touchdowns on 293 carries. He averaged 114.5 yards per game on the ground, 5.1 yards per carry and also caught 31 balls and four touchdowns.

Preseason ranking: No. 4.

Making the case for Polk: The first-team All-Pac-12 performer finished third in the conference in total rushing yards and was an All-America honorable mention from Sports Illustrated. He holds or is near the top of every UW rushing record and his 4,049 career rushing yards in second all time. Some of his 2011 highlights include 147 yards and a touchdown in the Alamo bowl, 144 yards rushing (four touchdowns) and 100 yards receiving (one touchdown) against Arizona (becoming the first Husky to have 100 rushing and receiving yards in the same game) and a season high 189 rushing yards against Utah. At 5-11, 222 pounds, he's a powerful runner, but also had the breakaway speed that produced eight plays of 30 yards or more -- including three touchdowns runs of 30-plus yards and a 70-yard touchdown reception against Cal.

No. 10. Jonathan Martin, LT, Stanford

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