10. Morgan Breslin, USC
Originally thought of as a probable reserve, Breslin emerged when defensive end Devon Kennard lost his season to a pec injury. As a first-year starter after transferring from Diablo Valley College, Breslin notched the most tackles for loss (19.5) and sacks (13) for any Trojan since 2003. He should be just as effective a pass rusher as he moves to outside linebacker for 2013.
9. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington
Seferian-Jenkins only needed two seasons to set school tight end records for career receptions, yards and touchdowns. If he manages to get on the field, he’ll likely be the best in the country at his position. The immense 6-foot-6, 266-pound target is still suspended from team activities after being arrested and charged with a DUI in March. The Huskies are hoping for a resolution after his July 15 pre-trial hearing.
8. Brett Hundley, UCLA
Hundley could very well be a top-five quarterback nationally by the end of the season. The 6-foot-3 redshirt sophomore has all the tools scouts dream about, and packed on 17 pounds of lean muscle after tacking a conference-high 52 sacks in 2012. He showed quicker decision-making through spring practices and even started using a GoPro camera strapped to his helmet for an additional film angle.
7. David Yankey, Stanford
The consensus All-American only allowed one sack all season after moving to left tackle. A physical presence at 6-foot-4, 311 pounds, Yankey won the Morris Trophy as the Pac-12’s top lineman and is a preseason candidate for the national Outland Trophy. He is set to slide back to back to left guard, where his terrific run blocking abilities will help re-establish the Cardinal on the ground after the departure of career rushing leader Stepfan Taylor.
6. Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona
Tucson prosecutors dropped assault charges against Carey, clearing the way for the nation’s top rusher to return to the Wildcats’ backfield. Assuming he doesn’t run into any more off-field trouble, the 5-foot-10 All-American has a chance to become the first 2,000-yard rusher in college football since 2008.