Ranking the Pac-10's top 25: No. 4

Our countdown of the Pac-10's top 25 players continues.

No. 4. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

2009 numbers: The 6-foot-4, 235-pound sophomore led the Pac-10 in passing efficiency, completing 56 percent of his throws for 2,575 yards with 13 TDs and four interceptions. He also rushed for 354 yards and two touchdowns.

Most recent ranking: Luck was ranked 23rd in our final Pac-10 top-30 list last year.

Making the case for Luck: Well, Todd McShay made a case. He's projecting that Luck will be the top overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft this spring as a third-year sophomore. Writes McShay, "Luck has prototypical size (6-foot-4, 235 pounds) and is an underrated athlete. More importantly, he has a smooth over-the-top delivery, a strong arm and great touch as a passer." Luck -- the son of a former NFL quarterback Oliver Luck -- is smart, polished and can move outside the pocket. The only hole in his game is experience. But there's also this caveat: Having running back Toby Gerhart carrying the predominant offensive load in 2009 made things much easier for him as a first-year starter -- lots of single coverage on the perimeter. This year, he will be the centerpiece of the offense and he will be expected to lead and play accordingly. Of course, few folks believe he won't be up to the task. It will be very interesting at season's end to see who earns first-team All-Pac-10 quarterback.

No. 5. Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State

No. 6. James Rodgers, WR, Oregon State

No. 7. Rahim Moore, S, UCLA

No. 8. Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA

No. 9. Mike Mohamed, LB, California

No. 10. Trevin Wade, CB, Arizona

No. 11. Mason Foster, LB, Washington

No. 12. Ricky Elmore, DE, Arizona

No. 13. Kenny Rowe, DE, Oregon

No. 14. Jurrell Casey, DT, USC

No. 15. Cameron Jordan, DE, California

No. 16. Nick Foles, QB, Arizona

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