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Thursday, January 30, 2014
Pac-12 Top 25 for 2013: No. 6

By Kyle Bonagura

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

You can review our 2013 preseason Top 25 here.

Trent Murphy
Stanford OLB Trent Murphy led the nation with 15 sacks and was second nationally with 23 tackles for loss.
No. 6: Trent Murphy, OLB, Stanford

2013 numbers: Murphy led the nation with 15 sacks, was second nationally with 23.5 tackles for loss, forced two fumbles, returned an interception for a touchdown and blocked a kick.

Preseason ranking: No. 7

Making the case for Murphy: Teammate Shayne Skov drew a lot of the attention, but for the last two seasons Murphy has been the ultimate difference-maker on a Stanford defense that was among the nation's elite. Not only did his 23.5 tackles for a loss rank second in the country, they went for a national-best 147 yards. Known mostly as a pass rusher -- he worked primarily at defensive end in Senior Bowl practices -- Murphy was also good against the run, where defensive coordinator Derek Mason used him to set the edge and funnel ball carriers back inside. He was one of three linebackers named to the ESPN.com All-America team. Surprisingly, he wasn't a finalist for any national awards, but he was a semifinalist for the Bednarik and Rotary Lombardi awards.

The countdown:

No. 7: Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State
No. 8Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA
No. 9David Yankey, OL, Stanford
No. 10Leonard Williams, DE, USC
No. 11Marion Grice, RB, Arizona State
No. 12Xavier Su'a-Filo, OL, UCLA
No. 13Tyler Gaffney, RB, Stanford
No. 14Taylor Kelly, QB, Arizona State
No. 15Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
No. 16Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State
No. 17Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado
No. 18Shayne Skov, LB, Stanford
No. 19Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
No. 20Trevor Reilly, DE/OLB, Utah
No. 21Sean Mannion, QB, Oregon State
No. 22Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
No. 23Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon
No. 24Josh Huff, WR, Oregon
No. 25Myles Jack, LB/RB, UCLA