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Ranking the Top 15 Players in the Pac-12 for 2015 (Experts Poll)

Scooby Wright

Scooby Wright

The Pac-12 is generally known for its high-scoring offenses. While there’s plenty of firepower on the offensive side of the ball in 2015, the Pac-12 returns two of the nation’s top defenders in UCLA’s Myles Jack and Arizona’s Scooby Wright. This linebacker duo earned the top two spots in Athlon’s Pac-12 media expert poll, but the offense playmakers and top quarterbacks weren't far behind.

With the season right around the corner, Athlon Sports sought to answer this question: Who are the best 15 players in the Pac-12 for 2015?

In order to rank the top 15 players in the Pac-12 for 2015, Athlon Sports sought the insight of several experts from the conference. The voting process was simple. Using criteria such as career performance so far, 2015 potential/projection, pro outlook, recruiting ranking, value to team or overall talent, each voter was asked to rank their top 15 players for 2015.

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

Stewart Mandel, (@SlMandel), FoxSports.com

Bryan Fischer, (@BryanDFischer), National CFB Writer

Andy Drukarev, (@StanfordRivals), Cardinal Sports Report

Kyle Kensing, (@kensing45), CFBHuddle.com, Athlon Contributor

Steven Lassan, (@AthlonSteven), AthlonSports.com

Ryan Abraham, (@insidetroy), USCFootball.com

Jack Follman, (@JackFollman), PacificTakes.com

David Fox, (@DavidFox615), AthlonSports.com

Nick Krueger, (@NickPKrueger), DevilsDigest.com

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Ranking the Pac-12's Best Players for 2015 (Experts Poll)

Rank

Player

Team

Total Points

1

Scooby Wright, LB, Arizona
(16 first-place votes)

282

2

Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
(1 first-place vote)

234

3

Cody Kessler, QB, USC
(2 first-place votes)

208

4

Jared Goff, QB, California

181

5T

Devontae Booker, RB, Utah

175

5T

Su'a Cravens, LB, USC

175

7

DeForest Buckner, DL, Oregon

160

8

Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon

154

9

Adoree' Jackson, CB/WR, USC

151

10

Paul Perkins, RB, UCLA

82

11

Max Tuerk, C, USC

81

12

D.J. Foster, WR, Arizona State

61

13

Nelson Spruce, WR, Colorado

48

14

Kyle Murphy, OL, Stanford

44

15

Kenny Clark, DL, UCLA

43

16

JuJu Smith, WR, USC

27

17

Nick Wilson, RB, Arizona

24

18

Budda Baker, S, Washington

21

19

Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford

20

20

Vernon Adams, QB, Oregon

19

21

Byron Marshall, WR, Oregon

16

22

Hunter Dimick, DE, Utah

9

23

Cayleb Jones, WR, Arizona

8

24

Bralon Addison, WR, Oregon

7

25T

Mike Bercovici, QB, Arizona State

6

25T

Kevin Hogan, QB, Stanford

6

27T

Victor Bolden, WR, Oregon State

5

27T

Pharoh Brown, TE, Oregon

5

27T

Eddie Vanderdoes, DL, UCLA

5

30T

Demario Richard, RB, Arizona State

4

30T

Kenny Lawler, WR, California

4

32T

Gionni Paul, LB, Utah

3

32T

Tom Hackett, P, Utah

3

32T

Jake Brendel, C, UCLA

3

35

Joshua Garnett, OL, Stanford

2

36T

Sefo Liufau, QB, Colorado

1

36T

Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

1

36T

Tyler Johnstone, OT, Oregon

1

36T

Deon Hollins, LB, UCLA

1

* UCLA and Oregon tied at seven with the most selections by team.

* Balance of power? 23 of the 39 players receiving votes play in the South Division. Additionally, seven of the top 10 selections play for teams in the Pac-12 South. 

* 11 of the Pac-12’s 12 teams were represented in this poll.

* Seven quarterbacks received votes, including UCLA freshman Josh Rosen.