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Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Pac-12 top 25 for 2013: No. 9

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.

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
11Ed Reynolds, S, Stanford
12Taylor Kelly, QB, Arizona State
13Austin Seferian Jenkins, TE, Washington
14De'Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon
15Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington
16Shayne Skov, LB, Stanford
17Kevin Hogan, QB, Stanford
18Xavier Su'a-Filo, OL, UCLA
19Morgan Breslin, OLB, USC
20Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon
21Carl Bradford, LB, Arizona State
22Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
23Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon
24Marion Grice, RB, Arizona State
25Ben Gardner, DE, Stanford