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Pac-12 top 25 for 2012: No. 14

February, 6, 2013
Our countdown of the top 25 players in 2012 continues.

You can see our preseason top 25 here.

No. 14: Matt Barkley, QB, USC

2012 numbers: Barkley passed for 3,273 yards with 36 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He completed 63.6 percent of his passes, averaging 297.5 yards passing per game, second most in the Pac-12.

Preseason ranking: No. 1.

Making the case for Barkley: It was a bad season for USC and a not-so-good season for Barkley, the Pac-12 blog's preseason No. 1 player. And, yes, part of this does feel like a career achievement award. Still, Barkley's numbers were good, at least if they are separated from stratospheric expectations -- see: No. 12 national ranking in passing efficiency. As for the NFL draft this spring, Barkley still has a shot to be selected in the first round, though his stock definitely took a hit this season. His 36 TD passes, four more than any other conference QB, ranked fifth in the nation. In fact, his 32 TD passes against AQ conference foes was second most in the nation, just one behind West Virginia's Geno Smith. Barkley set a new Pac-12 record with 116 career TD passes, 17 more than former Trojans quarterback Matt Leinart. He turned in the most efficient passing performance in conference history when he completed 19 of 20 passes for 298 yards and six touchdowns and no interceptions (319.16 rating) in a 50-6 win over Colorado. He had two of the top passing performances in the conference, throwing for 493 yards against Arizona and 484 against Oregon. Yes, he played poorly in the shocking loss to Stanford, and he pressed down the stretch, throwing nine of his 15 interceptions in his final four games, which included the loss at UCLA that ended his season with two games to play. But the Pac-12 blog feels Barkley, nonetheless, remained one of the conference's elite players. And that a large share of the blame for Barkley's unsatisfying season falls on the guy calling the plays, Lane Kiffin.

Pac-12 top 25 for 2012: No. 15

February, 5, 2013
Our countdown to the top 25 players in 2012 continues.

You can see our preseason top 25 here.

No. 15: Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA

2012 numbers: Hundley threw for a league-high 3,740 yards, completing 318 passes on 478 attempts (66.5 percent). He tossed 29 touchdowns and also carried the ball 160 times for 355 yards and nine rushing touchdowns.

Preseason ranking: Unranked.

Making the case for Hundley: One of the most exciting young players in the Pac-12, Hundley helped lead a UCLA revival in 2012 that saw the Bruins in and out of the Top 25 rankings, win a Pac-12 South Division title (that didn't include an asterisk) and notch a victory over rival USC. The first year-starter took to Noel Mazzone's offense quickly and finished fourth in the conference in quarterback efficiency. His legs made him a very dangerous complement to Johnathan Franklin as the Bruins averaged 466.5 yards of offense per game and 34.4 points per game. Hundley finished second in the league in total offense and he was one of the just four quarterbacks in the league to start every game this season. He set UCLA records for single-season completions, passing yards and total offense. He also became the first UCLA player to throw for at least 300 yards in three straight games (Nebraska, Houston, Oregon State). Hundley is still an extremely raw player and he made a lot of the mistakes you would expect a young quarterback to make. Playing behind a young offensive line, Hundley took his lumps and was sacked 52 times. Only Washington State allowed more in the league. But Hundley's upside is tremendous. And after a highly-successful first season, it's possible he could garner Heisman attention in the coming years because of his style of play and the offense he plays in.

No. 16: Trent Murphy, OLB, Stanford
No. 17
: Chase Thomas, OLB, Stanford
No. 18: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
No. 19: David Yankey, OL, Stanford
No. 20: Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon No. 21: Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
No. 22: Ed Reynolds, S, Stanford
No. 23: Michael Clay, LB, Oregon
No. 24: Taylor Kelly, QB, Arizona State
No. 25: Reggie Dunn, KR, Utah