Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Poll: Toughest player to replace in Pac-12?
By Kevin Gemmell
Democracy works! Through the fair and impartial voting process, we have narrowed down our list of 10 players in both divisions to the top five in the Pac-12 who will be the toughest to replace.
Between the voting for players in the South and players in the North, we're taking the top five vote getters and having a runoff. Like many, I was surprised to see an Oregon player run away with the North votes (I couldn't get through that sentence without laughing). But the state of Oregon actually took the top two spots in the North poll. The South vote was a lot closer -- with three players separated by only three percentage points.
So -- not unlike a tournament -- we've narrowed down the field to the final five. Which Pac-12 player will be the toughest to replace?
Your options (by order of percentage of votes):
Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon: The projected top-10 pick garnered 34 percent of the votes in the North poll, making him the clear and undisputed No. 1 seed.
Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah: He won the South Division poll (barely) with 27 percent of the votes. Like Jordan, he's potentially a top-10 pick.
Matt Barkley, QB, USC: Right behind Lotulelei with 26 percent of the votes in the South poll, the USC quarterback departs as the league's all-time touchdown leader.
Matt Scott, QB, Arizona: With 24 percent of the votes in the South Poll, he was right on the heels of the front-runners. He has boosted his draft stock in recent weeks with strong workouts.
Jordan Poyer, DB, Oregon State: Bookending the poll with another player from the Beaver state, Poyer brought in 20 percent of the votes in the North poll. He led the conference with seven interceptions in 2012.