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Pac-12 top 25 for 2011: No. 11

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    By Ted Miller

    [​IMG]Our countdown of the Pac-12's top 25 players continues.

    You can see the final post-2010 top 25 here. It doesn't, however, include players from Colorado or Utah.

    [​IMG]11. Shayne Skov, LB, Stanford

    2010 numbers: Skov finished with 84 tackles -- he missed two games with an injury --*7.5 sacks and 10.5 tackles for a loss. He also had five pass breakups, one fumble recovery and two forced fumbles.

    2010 ranking: Unranked

    Making the case for Skov: Skov, a 6-foot-3, 243-pound true junior with 18 career starts,*was the best player on a defense that ranked 10th in the nation in scoring (17.38 ppg) last fall, but*this lofty ranking*also is about how he finished.*He*had 46 tackles over the last six games in which Stanford allowed just 56 points while pitching two shutouts. In the dominant Orange Bowl win against Virginia Tech, he finished with 12 tackles and*three sacks. His 7.5 sacks ranked third in the Pac-10, despite his missing the first two games. Further, he's an outstanding leader. He's not the most talented linebacker in the conference -- everyone knows who is -- but some might argue he's the best because of his consistent excellence and reliability.

    12. T.J. McDonald, S, USC
    13. Alameda Ta'amu, DT, Washington
    14. Matt Kalil, OT, USC
    15. Delano Howell, S, Stanford
    16. Mychal Kendricks, LB, California
    17. Rodney Stewart, RB, Colorado
    18. Jermaine Kearse, WR, Washington
    Chase Thomas, LB, Stanford
    20. Jeff Tuel, QB, Washington State
    21. Robert Woods, WR, USC
    22. Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA
    23. David Paulson, TE, Oregon
    24. David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
    25. Marquess Wilson, WR, Washington State

    Originally posted by ESPN.com - Pac-10 Blog
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