Top 50 Pac-12 players going into 2014 10-1: Mariota and Hundley battle for top spot

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The Pac-12 is loaded with All-American candidates in 2014.

10. Sean Mannion Sr. QB Oregon State

It kind of got lost in the second half of the season, but Mannion was a major Heisman candidate early in 2014 because of his prolific passing numbers. He probably isn't a Heisman-level talent, but he can fill it up as good as anyone when he gets going and if he can continue to reign in his interceptions, he could get right up there with Mariota, Hundley and Kelly.

9. Jaelen Strong Jr. WR Arizona State

Just another great 6'4, rangy receiver with speed in the Pac-12, Strong had more than 1,000 yards receiving in 2013 and shut rack up even more in 2014. He is a long athlete that also has rare elite speed that has the ability to take over a game.

8. Ty Montgomery Sr. WR Stanford

Montgomery gets a lot of attention for his return prowess, but he is also an elite receiver, the best in the conference. He is built like a linebacker, but has the speed of a cornerback and solid hands, making him the most dangerous receiving threat in the entire conference.

7. Andrus Peat Jr. T Stanford

The most physically gifted linemen in the conference, Peat is the next All-American Stanford offensive linemen and could easily be a Top 5 draft pick next year. He has great size and athleticism for a tackle and it allows him to pull and lead the way in run blocking as well as any tackle in the country.

6. Hroniss Grasu Sr. C Oregon

Grasu could have been the first center taken in the 2014 NFL Draft, but came back and is now likely the top center in the nation. He is a typical Oregon lineman during the past six or seven years taken to the max - fast, hard-working and excellent on the pull/edge.

5. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu Sr. CB Oregon

Another Duck who could have been the first player taken at his position in the 2014 draft, but returned anyways to be an All-American. Ekpre-Olomu is one of the best corners against the run I have ever seen in the Pac-12 along with being an excellent cover corner that teams pretty much stopped challenging.

4. Leonard Williams Jr. DE USC

I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up being the conference's top player at the end of the season and the first pick in the 2014 draft as he is a versatile defensive lineman with unlimited potential who started to look like a once in a generation talent last season. He has everything you want in an defensive lineman as a guy who can collapse the pocket, shut down the run and play anywhere along the line.

3. Taylor Kelly Sr. QB Arizona State

Kelly gets forgotten behind Mariota and Hundley a lot, but he shouldn't as a versatile talent that can become unstoppable when he gets it going. He might be the best quarterback in the conference to have in crunch time and is an exceptional runner while still being an accurate passer.

2. Brett Hundley Jr. QB UCLA

One of the best physical packages to ever play quarterback in the Pac-12, Hundley started putting it all together in 2013 and was devastating when he was on and he should only get better in 2014. Combine all those physical tools with a UCLA team that is ready to break out and Hundley has the potential to be the best player in the country.

1. Marcus Mariota Jr. QB Oregon

The golden child, I can't remember a Pac-12 player that has as much praise about them going into a season as Mariota has. He deserves it though as the ultra-efficient leader of the Pac-12's top team going into the season and as the top Heisman candidate not named Jameis.

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