Friday, August 16, 2013
Pac-12 top 25 for 2013: No. 11
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.
11. Ed Reynolds, S, Stanford
2012 numbers: After missing all of 2011 with an injury, Reynolds stormed back in 2012 to notch a team-high six interceptions -- the most by a Stanford player since Jim Kaffen’s seven in 1973. He returned three of them for a touchdown (should have been four), which was a school record, to go 47 tackles and 11 passes defended. His interceptions totaled 301 return yards.
2012 postseason ranking: No. 22.
Making the case for Reynolds: It’s not just Stanford’s front seven that’s going to be nasty in 2013. The secondary -- headlined by Reynolds -- should be pretty darn tough, as well. Reynolds and Jordan Richards (one of several outstanding players not on this list, file complaints here), make up one of the most feared safety tandems in the country. Richards may very well end up ranked ahead Reynolds on the postseason list. But as we said in the first post, we’re trying not to project as much and rather go on the merits of last season. And last season Reynolds was a first-team all-league performer as voted by the coaches and several publications tabbed him as a second- or third-team All-American. His six picks were second in the league and his three touchdowns were a conference best. Stanford’s defense is getting a lot of preseason hype because it’s so solid from front to back. Reynolds is a big reason why.
12. Taylor Kelly, QB, Arizona State
13. Austin Seferian Jenkins, TE, Washington
14. De'Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon
15. Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington
16. Shayne Skov, LB, Stanford
17. Kevin Hogan, QB, Stanford
18. Xavier Su'a-Filo, OL, UCLA
19. Morgan Breslin, OLB, USC
20. Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon
21. Carl Bradford, LB, Arizona State
22. Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
23. Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon
24. Marion Grice, RB, Arizona State
25. Ben Gardner, DE, Stanford