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2014 Pac-12 Top 50 Players 31-40: Thomas Tyner and Tre Madden look to break out

Running backs and defensive tackles dominate the 31-40 range.

Steve Dykes

40. Derrick Malone Sr. LB Oregon

A speedy, underrated linebacker that uses his speed to make tackles sideline-to-sideline and be a factor in passing defense. He was honorable mention All-Pac-12 as a junior and will now step up as the leader of Oregon's front seven in 2014.

39. Shaq Thompson Jr. LB Washington

Maybe the top recruit in the Class of 2012, Thompson has impressed, but hasn't quite yet broken out as a star yet. This could be the year that Thompson breaks out though with out-of-this-world athleticism that he is now going to be bringing to the running back position as well, Myles Jack style.

38. Storm Woods Jr. RB Oregon State

Woods had a better freshman season than he did sophomore season but I expect him to return to form with a more-experienced Beaver offensive line in front of him in 2014. He has everything that Beaver running backs under Mike Riley have had to turn into stars -size, strength, vision and the ability to milk runs for yards.

37. Tony Washington Sr. DE Oregon

Washington led the Ducks with 7.5 sacks in 2013 and looks to be the next great Duck pass rusher. He doesn't have ideal size, but he fits perfectly into that DE/OLB hybrid spot that has been so integral for the Ducks in recent seasons.

36. Jordon James Sr. RB UCLA

James has struggled with injury, but has the best chance to be the answer at running back for the Bruins with his athleticism. He opened up 2013 with three-straight 100-yard games and, if he can stay healthy, he should be able to produce similar results throughout 2014.

35. Eddie Vanderdoes So. DT UCLA

Vanderdoes came in as a blue chip recruit in 2013 and fulfilled his potential right away, almost immediately becoming one of the best defensive tackles in the conference. He has everything you want from a defensive tackle and has the potential to be the best player in the conference at any position by the time he leaves Westwood.

34. David Parry Sr. DT Stanford

Parris isn't as flashy as the defensive tackles that he is sandwiched by, but he is an absolute bull up front with a lot of nasty. He fits perfectly with the Cardinal as a hustle guy with a lot of toughness and really holds down the front of their defense in the run game.

33. Ellis McCarthy Jr. DT UCLA

At 6‘5 330 McCarthy is the probably literally the biggest force in the Pac-12 and he really started to fulfill his massive potential in 2013. I expect him to continue to progress in 2014 and use his size to become a first-team All-Pac-12-level player.

32. A.J. Tarpley Sr. LB Stanford

Trent Murphy and Shayne Skov may be gone, but Tarpley remains as another massive, playmaking linebacker with great instincts. I expect him to step out of Murphy and Skov's shadows and become the next leader of the Cardinal linebacker group.

31. Tre Madden Jr. RB USC

Madden burst onto the scene early in 2013, rushing for more than 100 yards in four out of five of USC's first games, but fell off due to injury as the season went on. Coming into 2014 healthy, the 6'1 220 Madden is a dynamic receiving threat (he caught four touchdowns in 2014) that will be deadly in a stacked Trojan backfield.

30. Thomas Tyner So. RB Oregon

A five-star recruit and track star, Tyner flashed just a bit of what he can do with his Olympic speed in the Ducks offense, but expect much more of that in 2014 with De'Anthony Thomas off to the NFL. He is the fastest back in the conference, but has rare size for a guy of his speed as more potential than maybe any running back in the Pac-12, especially since he plays in Oregon's offense.