Who's back from the top 25?

This will be my final post on our 2010 top 25 players rankings. It's also a line between looking back at the Pac-10 and looking forward to the Pac-12.

This post projects ahead: These players are the leading candidates for a preseason top 25.

First, here's who's back in 2011 -- 11 players -- from our top-25.

1. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

2. LaMichael James, RB, Oregon

4. Darron Thomas, QB, Oregon

6. Juron Criner, WR, Arizona

7. Chris Polk, RB, Washington

11. Omar Bolden, CB, Arizona State

13. Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State

14. Matt Barkley, QB, USC

18. Nick Foles, QB, Arizona

22. Cliff Harris, CB, Oregon

23. Jermaine Kearse, WR, Washington

And here's who's back -- nine players -- from our "left-out list."

Shayne Skov, LB, Stanford

Chase Thomas, LB, Stanford

Mychal Kendricks, LB, California

John Boyett, FS, Oregon

Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

David DeCastro, OG, Stanford

Marquess Wilson, WR, Washington State

Jeff Tuel, QB, Washington State

Delano Howell, SS, Stanford

So that's 20 front-runners for the next list we'll put together this summer. Also, don't forget that competition will be more intense with the inclusion of Utah and Colorado for the next list.

Or will the Utes and/or Buffaloes get shutout? Neither welcomes back a first-team all-conference player from the Mountain West or Big 12, respectively (Colorado doesn't have a second-team player coming back, either).

Should be pretty interesting.