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Pac-12 Top 25 for 2013: No. 19

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Our countdown of the Pac-12’s Top 25 players from the 2013 season continues.

You can review our 2013 preseason Top 25 here.

No. 19: Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State

2013 numbers: Crichton finished with 7.5 sacks, 19 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles in his final year with the Beavers.

Preseason ranking: No. 10

Making the case for Crichton: The unquestioned leader of the Oregon State defense, Crichton joined Brandon Browner as the second defensive player in school history to declare early for the NFL draft. He leaves Corvallis ranked third all time in school history in tackles for loss (51) and fourth in sacks (22.5). After being named first-team All-Pac-12 as a sophomore in 2012, Chrichton was a second-team pick this season after finishing tied for eighth in the conference in sacks and third in tackles for loss. Mel Kiper Jr. projected him as a first-round pick in his initial mock draft Insider.

The countdown:
No. 20: Trevor Reilly, DE/OLB, Utah
No. 21: Sean Mannion, QB, Oregon State
No. 22: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
No. 23: Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon
No. 24: Josh Huff, WR, Oregon
No. 25: Myles Jack, LB/RB, UCLA

Pac-12 superlative tracker

November, 14, 2012
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We're tracking the offensive, defensive and coach-of-the-year races in the Pac-12.

For a more thorough look at offense, re-read our Heisman Trophy update.

Offensive player of the year

1. Marqise Lee, WR, USC: Lee caught 10 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown in the win over Arizona State. He ranks second in the nation in both receptions (9.8) and receiving yards per game (144.7). He may play defense against UCLA.

2. Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon: Barner rushed 20 times for 65 yards and caught three balls for 35 yards in the win over California. He didn't score a touchdown. He ranks fourth in the nation with 136 yards rushing per game and leads the conference with 19 touchdowns.

3. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon: Mariota completed 27 of 34 passes for 377 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions in the win over Cal. That's a 230.79 passing efficiency rating. He now ranks No. 1 in the nation in passing efficiency. He is completing nearly 72 percent of his passes with 28 TDs.

4. Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona: Carey rushed for a Pac-12 record 366 yards and five touchdowns in the win over Colorado, averaging 14.6 yards on his 25 carries. He now ranks second in the nation with 138.1 yards rushing per game. He is second to Barner with 18 TDs.

5. Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA: He rushed 19 times for 66 yards in the win over Washington State. He also caught four passes for 45 yards and a score. He ranks sixth in the nation with 127 yards rushing per game.


Keep an eye on: Oregon State WR Markus Wheaton; USC QB Matt Barkley


Defensive player of the year

1. Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA: Barr recorded eight tackles, 2.5 sacks -- one of which produced a safety -- and blocked a punt in the win over Washington State. He has 11 sacks this season. He's second in the Pac-12 with 1.1 sacks per game and second with 1.7 tackles for a loss per game. He also has three forced fumbles.

2. Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State: Poyer, who sat out last week with a knee injury, returned to action against Stanford and recorded five tackles, including one for a loss. He is No. 2 in the nation with 0.63 interceptions per game. For the season, he's got 27 tackles, three tackles for a loss, a sack, forced fumble, five interceptions and nine pass defenses.

3. Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State: Sutton had eight tackles, two tackles for a loss and a sack in the loss to USC. He leads the conference in sacks (1.19 per game) and tackles for a loss (1.89 per game). He ranks fourth in the nation in sacks per game.

4. Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah: Lotulelei had two tackles and a sack in the loss to Washignton. He's sixth on the Utes with 33 tackles and leads the team with nine tackles for a loss. He also has four sacks, three fumble recoveries, three pass breakups and three forced fumbles.

5. Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State:Crichton had a tackle for a loss against Stanford. He is third in the Pac-12 in both sacks (1.0 per game) and tackles for a loss (1.17 per game). His sack total ranks eighth in the nation. For the season, has 34 total tackles, 15 tackles for a loss, nine sacks and a forced fumble.

Keep an eye on: Washington CB Desmond Trufant; Oregon LB Kiko Alonso.

Coach of the year

1. Chip Kelly, Oregon: Kelly is in position to win his fourth consecutive Pac-12 crown and play for the national title for the second time in three years.

2. Mike Riley, Oregon State: If the Beavers win out, beating Oregon along the way, it's likely that Riley wins this award.

3. Jim Mora, UCLA: If the Bruins go to the Rose Bowl in Mora's first year, how could he not win the award?

Keep an eye on: Rich Rodriguez, Arizona

Pac-12 superlative tracker

November, 7, 2012
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We're tracking the offensive, defensive and coach-of-the-year races in the Pac-12.

For a more thorough look at offense, re-read our Heisman Trophy update.

Offensive player of the year

1. Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon: Barner rushed 38 times for a school-record 321 yards (8.4 average) with five touchdowns in the win over USC. He also caught two balls for 26 yards. Barner ranks second in the nation with 143.89 yards rushing per game and is second in the nation with 20 rushing TDs.

2. Marqise Lee, WR, USC: Lee caught 12 balls for 157 yards and two touchdowns in the loss to Oregon. He ranks second in the nation with 142.89 yards receiving and ranks third with 12 TDs. He and Barner are almost certain consensus All-Americans.

3. Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA: Franklin became UCLA’s all-time leading rusher after rushing for 162 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries in the blowout win over Arizona. He ranks fourth in the nation with 133.78 yards per game.

Keep an eye on: Oregon QB Marcus Mariota; Oregon State WR Markus Wheaton; USC QB Matt Barkley; Arizona QB Matt Scott

Defensive player of the year

1. Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State: Poyer sat out the Beavers win over Arizona State with a knee injury. He is expected to return this week. He's No. 1 in the nation with 0.71 interceptions per game. For the season, he's got 27 tackles, three tackles for a loss, a sack, forced fumble, five interceptions and nine pass defenses.

2. Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State: Crichton had five tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss, a sack and a pass breakup in the win over the Sun Devils. He is second in the Pac-12 in both sacks (1.12 per game) and tackles for a loss (1.75 per game). His sack total ranks seventh in the nation. For the season, has 33 total tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, nine sacks and a forced fumble.

3. Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah: Lotulelei had two tackles and a fumble recovery in the win over Washington State. He's sixth on the Utes with 31 tackles and leads the team with eight tackles for a loss. He also has three sacks, three fumble recoveries, three pass breakups and three forced fumbles.

5. Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA: Barr had 3.5 tackles and two tackles for a loss in the win over Arizona. He's third in the Pac-12 with 0.94 sacks per game and tied for third with 1.56 tackles for a loss per game. He's third on the Bruins with 46 tackles and also has three forced fumbles.

6. Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State: Sutton returned against Oregon State after missing two games. He had two tackles, a sack and two pass breakups against the Beavers. He still lead the conference in sacks (1.19 per game) and tackles for a loss (1.88 per game).

Keep an eye on: Washington CB Desmond Trufant; Oregon LB Kiko Alonso.

Coach of the year

1. Mike Riley, Oregon State: If the Beavers win out, they go to the Rose Bowl. If they lose only one of their final three games, they still have a pretty good shot of going to the Rose Bowl, if Oregon plays for the national title. After a 3-9 season in 2011, that probably would get Riley the award.

2. Chip Kelly, Oregon: Well, if Kelly leads the Ducks to their second national title game in three years, it would be difficult to not give him the nod.

3. Jim Mora, UCLA: Of course, what if UCLA wins the South Division and the Bruins advance to the Rose Bowl?


Keep an eye on: Rich Rodriguez, Arizona

Pac-12 superlative tracker

October, 31, 2012
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We're tracking the offensive, defensive and coach-of-the-year races in the Pac-12.

For a more thorough look at offense, re-read our Heisman Trophy update.

Offensive player of the year

1. Marqise Lee, WR, USC: Lee broke the Pac-12 record with 345 yards receiving on 16 catches in the Trojans' loss at Arizona. He scored two touchdowns and had a 72-yard kickoff return that set up a late USC score. He ranks second in the nation with 141.13 receiving yards per game and leads the Pac-12 with 10 touchdowns.

2. Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon: Barner carried nine times for 104 yards with two touchdowns in the blowout win over Colorado. He also caught two balls for 47 yards. He ranks 10th in the nation with 121.75 yards per game. He leads the conference with 14 rushing touchdowns.

3. Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA: Franklin carried the ball 26 times for 164 yards (6.3 average) with two rushing touchdowns in the win over Arizona State. He leads the Pac-12 and ranks seventh in the nation with 130.25 yards per game. He's scored six TDs.

4. Matt Scott, QB, Arizona: Scott passed for 369 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 100 yards and a score in the upset win over USC. He's second in the nation in total offense with 386.13 yards per game. He's thrown 20 TD passes and run for four. He's fifth in the conference in passing efficiency.

5. Matt Barkley, QB, USC: Barkley completed 31 of 49 passes for 493 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in the loss at Arizona. His 25 touchdown passes are five more than any other conference quarterback. He's second in the conference and 13th in the nation in passing efficiency.

Keep an eye on: Oregon RB/WR De'Anthony Thomas; Oregon QB Marcus Mariota; Stanford RB Stepfan Taylor; Arizona State QB Taylor Kelly; Oregon State WR Markus Wheaton

Defensive player of the year

1. Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State: Poyer had five tackles in the loss at Washington. He is second in the nation with 0.71 interceptions per game, or five on the season. For the season, he's got 27 tackles, three tackles for a loss, a sack, forced fumble and nine pass defenses.

2. Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State: Crichton had three tackles in a quiet performance at Washington. He is second in the Pac-12 in both sacks (1.14 per game) and tackles for a loss (1.79 per game). His sack total ranks seventh in the nation. For the season, has 28 total tackles, 12.5 tackles for a loss, eight sacks and a forced fumble.

3. Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah: Lotulelei had two tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in the win over California. He's fifth on the Utes with 29 tackles and leads the team with eight tackles for a loss. He also has three sacks, two fumble recoveries, three pass breakups and three forced fumbles.

4. Chase Thomas, OLB, Stanford: Thomas had six tackles and a tackle for a loss against Washington State. He leads Stanford in tackles (48) and has 9.5 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks and an interception.

5. Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA: Barr had five tackles and a sack in the win over Arizona State. He's third in the Pac-12 with 1.0 sacks per game and sixth with 1.44 tackles for a loss per game. He's third on the Bruins with 42 tackles and also has three forced fumbles.

6. Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State: Sutton hasn't played the past two games due to a knee injury but he still lead the conference in sacks (1.21 per game) and tackles for a loss (2.0 per game). There's a chance he could play Saturday at Oregon State.

Keep an eye on: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington, Travis Long, OLB, Washington State; Chris Young, LB, Arizona State.

Coach of the year

1. Mike Riley, Oregon State: The Beavers are no longer undefeated but Riley is still in the lead here because 6-1 remains well ahead of what anyone projected for this team.

2. Chip Kelly, Oregon: He's the energizer bunny. He keeps winning and winning. And if he finishes 13-0, he'd likely eclipse even a brilliant turnaround in Corvallis.

Keep an eye on: Rich Rodriguez, Arizona; Jim Mora, UCLA.

Pac-12 superlative tracker

October, 24, 2012
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We're tracking the offensive, defensive and coach-of-the-year races in the Pac-12.

For a more thorough look at offense, re-read our Heisman Trophy update.

Offensive player of the year

1. Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon: Rushed for 143 yards (8.9 average) with three touchdowns, including a 71-yard score, in the win over Arizona State. He sat out the fourth quarter. For the year, he ranks 10th in the nation and second in the Pac-12 with 124.29 yards per game. He leads conference running backs with 12 TDs.

2. Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State: Wheaton caught seven passes for 90 yards in the win over Utah. His 109 yards receiving per game ranks 10th in the nation and third in the Pac-12.

3. Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA: Franklin was off last weekend. He ranks first in the Pac-12 and ninth in the nation with 125.4 yards per game.

4. Matt Barkley, QB, USC: Barkley completed 19-of-20 for 298 yards, 6 touchdowns and no interceptions in the win over Colorado, the most efficient passing performance in FBS football this season. He now ranks 13th in the nation in passing efficiency, completing 65.7 percent of his throws with 22 touchdowns and six interceptions.

5. Taylor Kelly, QB, Arizona State: Kelly has a tough time against the Oregon defense, completing 10 of 18 passes for 93 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. He also rushed for 38 yards. He is still first in the Pac-12 and eighth in the nation in passing efficiency.

Keep an eye on: De'Anthony Thomas, RB/WR, Oregon; USC WR Marqise Lee; Arizona QB Matt Scott; Oregon QB Marcus Mariota; Stanford RB Stepfan Taylor.

Defensive player of the year

1. Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State: Poyer is second in the nation with 0.83 interceptions per game, or five on the season. He has seven tackles against Utah. For the season, he's got 22 tackles, three tackles for a loss, a sack, forced fumble and nine pass defenses.

2. Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State: Crichton had nine tackles, 1.5 coming for a loss, and a key fumble recovery in the win over Utah. He leads the Pac-12 in both sacks (1.33 per game) and tackles for a loss (2.08 per game). His sack total ranks second in the nation. For the season, has 25 total tackles, 12.5 tackles for a loss, eight sacks and a forced fumble.

3. Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah: Had three tackles, one coming for a loss, and a pass breakup against Oregon State. He's fourth on the Utes with 27 tackles and leads the team with seven tackles for a loss. He also has two sacks, a fumble recovery, three pass breakups and two forced fumbles.

4. Chase Thomas, OLB, Stanford: The Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week after he had seven tackles and 4.0 tackles for a loss, including a sack, in the Big Game win over California. He also forced a fumble and recovered another fumble. He leads Stanford in tackles (42) and has 9.0 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks and an interception.

5. Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State: Sutton got hurt on the first possession against Oregon, but he had a tackle for a loss and forced fumble that led to the Sun Devils opening TD. He's still second in the Pac-12 in tackles for a loss and sacks. The big question for him is when he gets back on the field.

6. Morgan Breslin, DE, USC: Breslin had six tackles in the win over Colorado. He has 7.0 sacks and ranks fourth in the conference with 1.71 tackles for a loss per game.

Keep an eye on: T.J. McDonald, S, USC; Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA, Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington, Travis Long, OLB, Washington State; Chris Young, LB, Arizona State

Coach of the year

1. Mike Riley, Oregon State: The Beavers have gone from a nice story to a legitimate top-10 team in the BCS bowl hunt.

2. Chip Kelly, Oregon: Kelly and the Ducks rolled through Arizona State. The Nov. 3 date at USC looms.

Keep an eye on: Todd Graham, Arizona State; Lane Kiffin, USC; Jim Mora, UCLA.

Pac-12 superlative tracker

October, 17, 2012
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We're tracking the offensive, defensive and coach-of-the-year races in the Pac-12.

For a more thorough look at offense, re-read our Heisman Trophy update.

Offensive player of the year

1. Taylor Kelly, QB, Arizona State: Kelly is first in the Pac-12 and third in the nation in passing efficiency. He's completed 68 percent of his passes with 14 touchdowns and two interceptions. The Sun Devils are second in the Pac-12 and 17th in the nation with 40.5 points per game.

2. Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon: Off this past weekend. He ranks second in the Pac-12 and 12th in the nation with 121.2 yards rushing per game.

3. Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State: Wheaton is 10th in the nation with 112.8 receiving yards per game. His six TD receptions ranks second in the conference. He's also rushed 36 yards with a TD.

4. Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA: Franklin had 22 carries for 79 yards with a TD in the win over Utah. He ranks first in the Pac-12 and seventh in the nation with 125.4 yards per game.

5. De'Anthony Thomas, RB/WR, Oregon: Thomas is sixth in the conference in all-purpose yards. He's rushed for 377 yards (9.2 average) with six touchdowns and has caught 20 passes for 205 yards and three touchdowns. Big stage at Arizona State on Thursday.

6. Matt Barkley, QB, USC: After a nice game against Utah, Barkley was mediocre at Washington, completing 10 of 20 passes for 167 yards with a TD and interception. He's third in the Pac-12 and 30th in the nation in passing efficiency, and his 16 TD passes lead the conference.

Keep an eye on: USC WR Marqise Lee; Arizona QB Matt Scott; Oregon QB Marcus Mariota; Stanford RB Stepfan Taylor.

Defensive player of the year

1. Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State: Sutton had five tackles, three coming for a loss and two sacks at Colorado. He's second in the conference with 1.42 sacks per game and second in tackles for a loss with 2.17 per game. Also has a forced fumble and three pass breakups.

2. Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah: Had two tackles and a sack at UCLA. He's sixth on the Utes with 24 tackles and leads the team with six tackles for a loss. He also has two sacks, a fumble recovery, two pass breakups and two forced fumbles.

3. Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State: Poyer leads the nation with one interception per game, or five on the season. He's got 15 tackles, three tackles for a loss, a sack, forced fumble and nine pass defenses.

4. Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State: He leads the Pac-12 in both sacks (1.6 per game) and tackles for a loss (2.2 per game). He has 16 total tackles and a forced fumble.

5. Chase Thomas, OLB, Stanford: He had four tackles, a fumble recovery and three QB hurries at Notre Dame. He leads Stanford in tackles (35) and has 6.0 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks and an interception.

6. Morgan Breslin, DE, USC: Breslin had two tackles and 1.5 sacks at Wsshington. He has 7.0 sacks and ranks third in the conference with 2.0 tackles for a loss per game.

Keep an eye on: T.J. McDonald, S, USC; Demond Trufant, CB, Washington, Travis Long, OLB, Washington State; Chris Young, LB, Arizona State

Coach of the year

1. Mike Riley, Oregon State: Riley gets another check for winning impressively at BYU with his backup QB playing an outstanding game.

2. Chip Kelly, Oregon: The Ducks get their biggest test so far this season at Arizona State on Thursday.

3. Todd Graham, Arizona State: Graham could challenge Riley for the top spot if he and the Sun Devils beat Oregon on Thursday.

Keep an eye on: Lane Kiffin, USC; Jim Mora, UCLA.

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