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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Pac-12 top 25 for 2012: No. 6

By Ted Miller

Our countdown of the top 25 players in the 2012 season continues.

You can see the preseason top 25 here.

No. 6: Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon

2012 numbers: Rushed for 1,767 yards on 278 carries (6.1 average), 135.9 yards per game and 21 touchdowns. He also caught 20 balls for 256 yards and two touchdowns.

Preseason ranking: No. 13

Making the case for Barner: Barner, a consensus All-American, and his predecessor and best buddy, LaMichael James, are peas in a pod. Or, if you don't like that cliché, just know they sit beside each other in the Oregon record book. Barner's 21 rushing touchdowns tie him with James for most in a single season for a Ducks back. Barner also is the school's second leading rusher behind James with 3,623 yards. His 5,869 career all-purpose yards are 21 yards shy of James' school record. He got the jump on James when he rushed for a school-record 321 yards on a career-high 38 attempts and tied for a career-high with five touchdowns in a victory at USC. While Barner operated mostly in James' shadow for three years, he entered the season as the Ducks' featured back and exceeded already high expectations, earning first-team All-Pac-12 honors, which was darn near as impressive as his All-America honors, considering Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey and UCLA's Johnathan Franklin also were named All-Americans. And, like James, Barner, rated the No. 5 available running back in the draft by Mel Kiper, is expected to have an NFL career. Most important, of course, Barner, understated but always insightful, is a member of the Pac-12 blog's All-Interview team. He will be missed by reporters as well as Ducks fans.

No. 7Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA
No. 8: Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford
No. 9Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
No. 10Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State
No. 11Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
No. 12Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State
No. 13Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
No. 14Matt Barkley, QB, USC
No. 15Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA
No. 16: Trent Murphy, OLB, Stanford
No. 17
Chase Thomas, OLB, Stanford
No. 18Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
No. 19David Yankey, OL, Stanford
No. 20: Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon
No. 21Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
No. 22Ed Reynolds, S, Stanford
No. 23Michael Clay, LB, Oregon
No. 24Taylor Kelly, QB, Arizona State
No. 25Reggie Dunn, KR, Utah