Poll: Pac-12 sack leader?

Normally in the weekly poll, we go back and look at the Take 2 from the previous week and let you offer your opinion. But judging from the comments on last week's Take 2, Ted Miller's quarterback rankings were clearly the fan favorite over Kevin Gemmell's (which, by the way, sent Gemmell into a shame spiral from which he is only now starting to recover). So there's no need to poll that.

Instead, we'll go with an original question this week. Piggybacking on Miller's column from earlier in the week on the Pac-12 getting a little more defensive, we thought it would be fun to look at some of the top returning defensive players and see who will end up leading the conference in sacks.

There's Stanford's Chase Thomas and Washington's Josh Shirley. Both were second in the conference last season in sacks. Thomas had seven solo and three assisted while Shirley had eight solo and one assisted -- giving them each 8.5 for the season.

Also returning are Oregon's Dion Jordan, Oregon State's Scott Crichton and Colorado's Chidera Uzo-Diribe. All three were in the top 10 last season and should be in the mix. Jordan was fifth in the conference last season with six solo sacks and three assisted. Crichton wasn't far behind, matching Stanford's Trent Murphy for sixth overall. Crichton had six solo sacks. Finally, Uzo-Diribe was ninth in the conference with five solo sacks and one assisted.

So when all is said and done, who will lead the Pac-12 in sacks in 2012?