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Pac-12 top 25 for 2011: No. 24

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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.

    24. David DeCastro, OG, Stanford

    2010 numbers: DeCastro, a redshirt junior,*has made 26 starts over the past two seasons.

    2010 ranking: Unranked.

    Making the case for DeCastro: We're going to be honest here, which is sometimes a mistake on the Pac-12 blog: It was DeCastro vs. Colorado OG Ryan Miller for this spot. Miller is rated the No. 2 senior offensive guard in the country by Mel Kiper, while DeCastro is the No. 1 junior. Both are outstanding players, and we tend to be sympathetic to Miller as a senior and the new guy. But DeCastro was the best run blocker on a dominant offensive line last year and could end up being a first-round draft pick this spring, which is saying something for a guard. DeCastro earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors last year after earning honorable mention as a redshirt freshman. Over those two seasons, DeCastro (6-foot-5, 310 pounds)*and the Cardinal line yielded just 13 sacks total, while also leading rushing attacks that averaged 214 and 218 yards per game, respectively. DeCastro has earned preseason All-American notices from a variety of publications and is on the Outland Trophy watch list. If I were making a list, he's the guy you'd least like to have blocking you this fall in that he seems to particularly enjoy finishing his blocks with prejudice.

    25. Marquess Wilson, WR, Washington

    Originally posted by ESPN.com - Pac-10 Blog
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