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Pac-12 top 25 for 2013: No. 9

8/20/2013

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.

9. David Yankey, OG, Stanford

2012 numbers: Yankey helped pave the way for Stepfan Taylor’s 1,530 rushing yards -- which was the second highest total in school history. He was part of a unit that allowed a league-low 17 sacks during the regular season and 20 in 14 games and he yielded just one sack in 14 games.

2012 postseason ranking: No. 19

Making the case for Yankey: Though his natural position is guard, he started 13 games last season at left tackle. However, at times during the year, he ended up playing four of the five spots on the line and even pitched in at tight end in some of Stanford’s overloaded formations. Playing out of position, Yankey was a consensus All-American, first-team all-conference and he earned the league’s Morris Trophy for top offensive lineman. The 6-5, 313-pounder from Georgia returns this year to his natural position inside where he’s considered one of the top pulling linemen in the nation. He headlines a Stanford offensive front that is regarded by many as tops in the country and will again be a key player in the Cardinal's rushing attack as they return to a by-committee approach following the departure of Taylor.

10. Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State

11. Ed Reynolds, S, Stanford

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