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Top 12 2015 Pac-12 linebackers: Scooby Wright best linebacker in Pac-12

Ranking the Pac-12's Top 12 linebackers going into 2015.

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1. Scooby Wright III Jr. Arizona

A legit Heisman candidate who might be the best player at any position in the country, Wright is an easy choice here even with stars like Jack and Cravens also in the conference. He could go down as a Pac-12 all-time great if he has another season like he did in 2014.

2. Myles Jack Jr. UCLA

I am usually one that points out that Jack's early success on offense overrated him as a linebacker, but regardless he is still one of the best in the nation. The versatility he uses to be a good running back shows with his outrageous athletic play at linebacker and ability to excel against the run and the pass.

3. Su'a Cravens Jr. USC

Cravens is usually listed as a safety, but it sounds like he is officially going to be a full-time linebacker in 2015. A guy who was the conference's best safety, Cravens has out of this world versatility that he brings to the linebacker spot and is an All-American candidate.

4. Jared Norris Sr. Utah

One of the best players in the conference who you may not have heard of. He had more than 100 tackles in 2014, double digit tackles for loss and was a leader on a very good defense.

5. Kevin Anderson Sr. Stanford

Stanford still has some great linebackers left and Anderson is the best of the bunch. He is your typical Cardinal backer with great size and instincts with a knack for making plays in the backfield.

6. Blake Martinez Sr. Stanford

Very similar to Anderson, Martinez is another classic Stanford linebacker of the past few years.

7. Joe Walker Sr. Oregon

Walker is another one of those unsung hero Ducks that simply never leaves a play on the table who seems to never make mistakes. He is also a leader on the perpetually great, but perpetually overlooked Oregon defense.

8. Michael Barton Jr. Cal

Barton is the lone standout on a bad Cal defense. He is a complete linebacker that will likely be near the conference's leader in tackles.

9. D.J. Calhoun So. Arizona State

A freshman All-American, Calhoun is the perfect speedy linebacker for Todd Graham's scheme and a star in the making. He has the speed to make plays all over the field and be an asset in pass defense.

10. Christian French Sr. Oregon

French plays the DE/OLB role that Tony Washington excelled in the past few years and should maintain Washington's high level of play. He should rack up even more sacks in a full-time starter role.

11. Salamo Fiso Jr. Arizona State

A tough linebacker with a great motor, Fiso is a skilled pass rusher. He had a lot of tackles for-loss in 2014 and is one of the best pass rushing linebackers in the conference.

12. Jeremiah Allison Sr. Washington State

Allison was the best player on a struggling Cougar defense in 2014. He makes a lot of tackles and can also make plays in the backfield.