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The Pac-12's Top 50 Players for 2014 - 20-11: Pullard, Jack and Kendricks fight for top linebacker spot

The next part of our ranking of the Pac-12's Top 50 players.

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20. Byron Marshall Jr. RB Oregon

He isn't quite LaMichael James or Kenjon Barner yet, but he is a tough back with some speed that is the Pac-12's leading returning rusher with 1,038 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2013. He isn't a burner, but might be the most consistent back in the conference and is sure to put up major numbers in Oregon's offense in 2014.

19. Jordan Richards Sr. S Stanford

A veteran in the Cardinal defense, Richards is an experienced leader who is especially fearsome in run support. He is a big hitter that will likely step up his pass defense and interceptions with fellow stalwart, Ed Reynolds off to the NFL.

18. Isaac Seumalo Jr. C Oregon State

Seumalo has more than lived up to his high school hype after coming out of high school as a five-star prospect and has quickly become one of the nation's best centers. Don't surprised if he ends up being an All-American at the end of the season and goes onto become a first round draft pick in 2015.

17. Jamil Douglas Sr. T Arizona State

Douglas was second-team All-Pac-12 in 2013 and should be first-team this season as the returning leader of the Sun Devils' offensive front. He is versatile with the ability to play guard or tackle and is especially devastating in run blocking.

16. Danny Shelton Sr. DT Washington

The conference's best nose guard type defensive tackle, Shelton might be the scariest player in the conference as a massive, 330-pound warrior up front. He is the backbone of the Husky defense and might be the biggest asset against the run in the conference after Leonard Williams.

15. Hau'oli Kikaha Sr. DE Washington

The conference's best returning pass rusher, Kikaha finished 2013 with 13 sacks as a big and quick player on the edge with a serious motor. He isn't a pure pass rusher though, as he also has the bulk and instincts to be a run stopper on the edge.

14. Eric Kendricks Sr. LB UCLA

Kendricks might not get nearly as much attention as his teammate Jack, but he is every bit as good and  more experienced and consistent. He might be the best tackler in the conference and is the leader of a Bruin defense that might be the best overall in the conference.

13. Myles Jack So. LB UCLA

The hype around Jack during this off-season has been epic and it is pretty well-deserved. He might get a lot of that hype for playing on offense, but his true skills are on defense where he is an ultra-athletic, balanced outside linebacker that excels in run and pass defense, playing the position as well as any sophomore I can remember.

12. Hayes Pullard Sr. LB USC

Despite all of the pre-season accolades for Jack, I think Pullard is the best linebacker in the conference. He is strong, experienced, a rock in the middle and one of the best hitters in the conference, the perfect inside linebacker.

11. Henry Anderson Sr. DE Stanford

Just another 6‘6 250-plus combo defensive linemen that excels in Stanford's system. He has battled injuries, but if healthy he has All-American potential and was huge in all of Stanford's biggest games of 2013 when healthy.