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Ranking the Top 15 Players in the Pac-12 for 2014 (Experts Poll)

Marcus Mariota

Marcus Mariota

The SEC is college football’s No. 1 conference, but the Pac-12 isn’t far behind. With playoff contenders in Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, and USC, the league has a deep group of teams pushing for a spot among the top 10 this year. And the depth of the Pac-12 is strong, highlighted by Arizona State, Washington, Washington State, Oregon State and Arizona. Strong quarterback play highlights the Pac-12, including Oregon's Marcus Mariota and UCLA's Brett Hundley.

In order to rank the top 15 players in the Pac-12 for 2014, Athlon Sports sought the insight of several experts from the conference. The voting process was simple. Using criteria such as career performance so far, 2014 potential/projection, pro outlook, recruiting ranking, value to team or overall talent, each voter was asked to rank their top 15 players for 2014.

A point system was assigned, giving 15 points for a player with a No. 1 vote, 14 points for a No. 2 vote, 13 points for a No. 3 vote and so on.

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The Voters:

Steven Lassan, AthlonSports.com, (@AthlonSteven)
Tyler Lockman, FoxSportsArizona.com, (@TylerLockman)
Braden Gall,AthlonSports.com, (@BradenGall)
Kyle Kensing,CFBHuddle.com, (@kensing45)
Mitch Light,AthlonSports.com, (@AthlonMitch)
Andrew Greif,The Oregonian, (@AndrewGreif)
Ryan Kartje,OCRegister.com, (@Ryan_Kartje)
Jeremy Mauss,MWCConnection.com, (@JeremyMauss)
Mark Ross, AthlonSports.com, (@AthlonMarkR)
Avinash Kunnath,PacificTakes.com, (@PacificTakes)
Ryan Abraham,USCFootball.com, (@InsideTroy)
Nick Krueger,HouseofSparky.com, (@NickPKrueger)
Jon Woods, RalphieReport.com, (@RalphieReport)
Jeff Nusser,CougCenter.com, (@NussCoug)
Jack Follman, PacificTakes.com, (@JackFollman)
Chris Huston, HeismanPundit.com, (@HeismanPundit)
David Fox, AthlonSports.com, (@DavidFox615)

Ranking Pac-12's Best Players for 2014

Rank

Player

Team

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Total

1

Marcus Mariota, QB

14

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

252

2

Leonard Williams, DE

1

7

4

4

0

0

1

0

0

0

222

3

Brett Hundley, QB

0

6

4

3

3

0

1

0

0

0

214

4

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB

1

0

4

1

6

3

1

0

1

0

191

5

Andrus Peat, OT

0

1

2

3

1

2

0

2

2

0

147

6

Myles Jack, LB

1

0

1

3

1

1

2

1

0

1

143

7

Taylor Kelly, QB

0

0

1

2

3

1

2

1

0

0

113

8

Sean Mannion, QB

0

0

0

1

2

2

1

2

0

2

98

9

Hroniss Grasu, C

0

0

0

0

0

3

2

2

2

2

97

10

Jaelen Strong, WR

0

0

0

0

0

2

3

0

1

2

89

11

Ty Montgomery, WR

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

4

2

87

12

Nelson Agholor, WR

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

2

3

1

80

13

Shaq Thompson, LB

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

2

2

1

77

14

Henry Anderson, DE

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

26

15

Eric Kendricks, LB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

25

16

Byron Marshall, RB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

23

17

Hayes Pullard, LB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

22

18

Hau'oli Kikaha, DE

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

21

19

Marcus Peters, CB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

13

20

A.J. Tarpley, LB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

13

21

Danny Shelton, DT

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

11

22

Jordan Richards, S

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

11

23

Su'a Cravens, S

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

7

24

D.J. Foster, RB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

7

25

Alex Carter, CB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

7

26

Darryl Monroe, LB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

6

27

Thomas Tyner, RB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

6

28

Jamil Douglas, OL

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

29

Cyler Miles, QB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

30

Isaac Seumalo, OL

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

31

Bryce Treggs, WR

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

32

Buck Allen, RB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

33

Dres Anderson, WR

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

34

Connor Halliday, QB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

35

Greg Henderson, CB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

36

Addison Gillam, LB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

37

Fabian Moreau, CB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

A Few Observations:


* Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota recorded 14 of the 17 first-place votes. Mariota did not rank lower than second on any ballot.

* Three of the top nine players in this experts poll are from Oregon: Mariota, cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and center Hroniss Grasu.

* The top 10 players in this experts poll are split evenly: Five from the North, five from the South.

* Arizona is the only team to not have a player represented in this poll.

* Four of the top 10 players are quarterbacks: Mariota, Mannion, Kelly and Hundley.