Ranking the Pac-10's 30 best players: No. 28

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

No. 28

Keaton Kristick, LB, Oregon State: Kristick played as a freshman and sophomore but he had to wait his turn at Oregon State, which likes to bill itself as a West Coast Linebacker U. It was worth the wait as he was a key reason the Beavers, despite completely rebuilding their front seven from 2007, ended up ranked second in the Pac-10 in total defense (312.2 yards per game). Playing from the strongside, the 6-foot-2, 226-pound Kristick ranked second on the Beavers with 82 tackles and his 14 tackles for loss ranked eighth in the conference. He also had 3.5 sacks and broke up four passes. He earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors, which is no shame considering USC's Rey Maualuga and Brian Cushing and California's Zach Follett -- all seniors -- were the first-team guys.

And... in a total coincidence -- grin -- Kristick is the subject of a blog entry that will be posted in a couple of hours.

So stay tuned.

Teaser: Find out why the Pac-10 blog believes this Beavers linebacker should now be known as Keaton "Kaffeinated" Kristick (though Paul Buker of The Oregonian deserves credit for uncovering Kristick's addiction).

29. Brooks Reed, DE, Arizona
30. Everson Griffen, DE, USC