Our countdown of the Pac-10's top 25 players continues.
No. 16. Nick Foles, QB, Arizona
2009 numbers: Foles, a 6-foot-5, 245-pound junior, passed for 2,486 yards in 10 starts with 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He completed 63.4 percent of his passes.
Most recent ranking: Foles was ranked 20th in our final Pac-10 top-30 list last year.
Making the case for Foles: Foles came off the bench in game three -- the Wildcats loss at Iowa -- and never surrendered the job. He would go on to lead the Wildcats to the Holiday Bowl and a tie for second in the conference. Moreover, his solid stewardship of the offense came without standout tight end Rob Gronkowski and a consistently healthy stable of running backs, as the running game was mostly inconsistent all season. Foles, who earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors, had a couple of monster games, most notably his effort in a 43-38 win over Stanford, when he completed 40 of 51 passes for 415 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. And he had some poor ones, most notably the Holiday Bowl disaster, a 33-zip defeat. With most of his support cast back in 2010, however, Foles figures to take another step forward this fall.
No. 17. Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State
No. 18: Colin Baxter, C, Arizona
No. 19: Chase Beeler, C, Stanford
No. 20. Lawrence Guy, DT, Arizona State
No. 21. Matt Barkley, QB, USC
No. 22. Owen Marecic, LB/FB, Stanford
No. 23. Kristofer O'Dowd, C, USC
No. 24: Casey Matthews, LB, Oregon
No. 25 Kai Forbath, K, UCLA