Pac-12′s Top 25 Players: Who was left out?

With the week’s countdown over, here is a rundown of the Pac-12′s top 25 players as voted on by 11 different writers. I also included my ballot on the right side.

Totaled votes My votes
1 Marqise Lee, USC Marqise Lee, USC
2 Anthony Barr, UCLA Marcus Mariota, Oregon
3 Will Sutton, Arizona State Anthony Barr, UCLA
4 Marcus Mariota, Oregon Will Sutton, Arizona State
5 De’Anthony Thomas, Oregon De’Anthony Thomas, Oregon
6 Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona Brett Hundley, UCLA
7 David Yankey, Stanford Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona
8 Brett Hundley, UCLA Morgan Breslin, USC
9 Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington David Yankey, Stanford
10 Morgan Breslin, USC Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon
11 Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon Ed Reynolds, Stanford
12 Xavier Su’a-Filo, UCLA Trent Murphy, Stanford
13 Ed Reynolds, Stanford Hroniss Grasu, Oregon
14 Scott Crichton, Oregon State Scott Crichton, Oregon State
15 Shayne Skov, Stanford Xavier Su’a-Filo, UCLA
16 Hroniss Grasu, Oregon Hayes Pullard, USC
17 Trent Murphy, Stanford Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington
18 Brandin Cooks, Oregon State Shayne Skov, Stanford
19 Leonard Williams, USC Taylor Kelly, Arizona State
20 Bishop Sankey, Washington Shaq Thompson, Washington
21 Hayes Pullard, USC Deone Buccanon, Washington State
22 Taylor Kelly, Arizona State Brandin Cooks, Oregon State
23 Shaq Thompson, Washington Bishop Sankey, Washington
24 Brendan Bigelow, Cal Paul Richardson, Colorado
25 Silas Redd, USC Eric Kendricks, UCLA

For player bios, see Parts I, II, III, IV and V. The voter list is at the end of Part I.

The per-team tally in the final results: USC 5, Oregon 4, Stanford 4, UCLA 3, Washington 3, Arizona State 2, Oregon State 2, Arizona 1, Cal 1. Washington State, Colorado and Utah were shut out.

Also receiving votes, in descending order: Stanford QB Kevin Hogan, USC WR Nelson Agoholor, Cal DL Deandre Coleman, USC S Dion Bailey, Colorado WR Paul Richardson, Washington QB Keith Price, Oregon State RB Storm Woods, UCLA WR Devin Fuller, Arizona State TE Chris Coyle, Arizona WR Austin Hill, UCLA LB Eric Kendricks, Arizona State RB D.J. Foster, Utah TE Jake Murphy, Washington State S Deone Buccanon, Stanford DE Ben Gardner, Oregon State OL Isaac Seumalo, Arizona State LB Carl Bradford, Cal OL Freddie Tagaloa, Oregon TE Colt Lyerla, Utah OL Jeremiah Poutasi, Oregon WR Josh Huff.

Considering there was no set criteria, I don’t have many qualms with the final results. I think the biggest miss is still Eric Kendricks, who I put at No. 25 but finished 35th; playing middle linebacker helped him rack up 150 tackles, but he should still get credit for leading the Pac-12.

Leaving out Leonard Williams was a bit of an oversight, but I docked Austin Seferian-Jenkins since he’s still suspended indefinitely pending DUI charges. Paul Richardson missed all of last season after tearing up his knee, but had a huge 284-yard game back in 2010. He was a four-star UCLA signee before being arrested on suspicion of felony theft, and likely has star ability — even if he’s shining on a bad team. Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan still needs to step beyond the game manager role he often played as a redshirt freshman.

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  • 4Stringer

    Don’t forget about Henry Anderson at DE at Stanford. Beast!

  • Bigwoof1

    Eric Kendricks is a major omission. He is not only overlooked by the conference, but often by his own team. Jack’s comment that his number of tackles is boosted by his mlb position is only a small factor, as he routinely makes tackles and plays all over the field (and on special teams), many of which are unaffected by his position.