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Thursday, August 8, 2013
Pac-12 top 25 for 2013: No. 17

By Kevin Gemmell

Our countdown of the Pac-12's top 25 preseason players in 2013 continues.

A lot of good players, as it happens every year, won't make the preseason list. It is in their hands to make the postseason list.

You can review our 2012 postseason top 25 here.

17. Kevin Hogan, QB, Stanford

2012 numbers: Completed 71 percent of his throws (109 of 152) with nine touchdowns to three interceptions. He also ran for 263 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

2012 postseason ranking: Unranked.

Making the case for Hogan: Here’s what we know about Hogan: He’s 5-0 as a starter; he’s 4-0 against top 25 teams; he won his first career road start at Oregon; was MVP of Pac-12 championship game; and capped the year with a win in the Rose Bowl. Oh yeah, he’s got one of the best offensive lines in the country blocking for him. What remains to be seen, however, is what the offense around him will look like -- specifically the running backs and receivers -- and how he holds up over a full season. Head coach David Shaw said they were going to cram as much information as possible into him during the fall camp, because Hogan will be asked to do a great deal more offensively in 2013. The next step for him is to have a firmer grasp of the offense and start making the progressions that will allow Mike Bloomgren and Shaw to open up the playbook. Had Hogan qualified statistically, he would have been toward the top or at the top of the league in several of the efficiency categories. With a full season to work with, expectations are high that Hogan can carry the Cardinal to another conference title -- and perhaps a bigger game than the Rose Bowl.

18. Xavier Su'a-Filo, OL, UCLA
19Morgan Breslin, OLB, USC
20Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon
21. Carl Bradford, LB, Arizona State
22Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
23Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon
24Marion Grice, RB, Arizona State
25. Ben Gardner, DE, Stanford