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

Marcus Mariota takes the No. 1 spot.

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.


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
1Marcus Mariota, QB14300000000252
2Leonard Williams, DE1744001000222
3Brett Hundley, QB0643301000214
4Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB1041631010191
5Andrus Peat, OT0123120220147
6Myles Jack, LB1013112101143
7Taylor Kelly, QB0012312100113
8Sean Mannion, QB000122120298
9Hroniss Grasu, C000003222297
10Jaelen Strong, WR000002301289
11Ty Montgomery, WR000000224287
12Nelson Agholor, WR000011023180
13Shaq Thompson, LB000001222177
14Henry Anderson, DE000001000026
15Eric Kendricks, LB000000010025
16Byron Marshall, RB000000001123
17Hayes Pullard, LB000000000222
18Hau'oli Kikaha, DE001000000021
19Marcus Peters, CB000000000013
20A.J. Tarpley, LB000000010013
21Danny Shelton, DT000000000011
22Jordan Richards, S000000010011
23Su'a Cravens, S00000000007
24D.J. Foster, RB00000000007
25Alex Carter, CB00000000007
26Darryl Monroe, LB00000000006
27Thomas Tyner, RB00000000006
28Jamil Douglas, OL00000000005
29Cyler Miles, QB00000000005
30Isaac Seumalo, OL00000000005
31Bryce Treggs, WR00000000004
32Buck Allen, RB00000000004
33Dres Anderson, WR00000000003
34Connor Halliday, QB00000000003
35Greg Henderson, CB00000000001
36Addison Gillam, LB00000000001
37Fabian Moreau, CB00000000001
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.


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