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Top 50 2016 Pac-12 players 21-30: Darren Carrington poised for big season

We continue our countdown of the best players in the Pac-12 in 2016.

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30. Cameron Smith So. LB USC - Smith looked like the next great USC linebacker in the making as a true freshman. He was on pace to be USC's leader in tackles and interceptions before going down with a knee injury and was particularly great  in USC's upset of Utah.

29. Azeem Victor Jr. LB Washington - Maybe the scariest player in the Pac-12, Victor is a monster intimidator who isn't afraid to take on opponents. Arguably the best inside linebacker in the conference.

28. Randall Goforth Sr. S UCLA - Goforth is one of the most veteran players in the conference and is coming off a second-team all-conference season. He looks to be the leader of the Bruin defense in 2016 and is a versatile athlete who can excel at cornerback or safety.

27. Shalom Luani Sr. S Washington State - The New Zealand native and former rugby star was an instant star in the Pac-12 last year. He brings an interesting skill set to the table and should continue to really shore up Washington State' pass defense.

26. Kevin King Sr. CB Washington - The 6'3 rangy former safety is one of the most-underrated players in the conference. Washington's other corner Sidney Jones deservedly gets a lot of hype, but King might be just as good as one of the best cover corners in the conference.

25. J.J. Dielman Sr. T Utah - Dielman was second-team All-Pac-12 in 2015 and returns as one of the conference's best tackles. He is the leader of the massive Utah front which is pretty adept at mauling opposing offenses for running lanes.

24. Chad Wheeler Sr. T USC - Wheeler had some off-the-field issues towards the end of last season, but it looks like he will play next season and be an impressive four-year starter at USC. He is as nasty of an offensive lineman as there will be in the conference next year.

23. Nick Wilson Jr. RB Arizona - Wilson has major potential in RichRod's system and showed it in 2014 when he ran for more than 1,300 and 16 touchdowns, but battled injuries last year. He could easily get back to that level if healthy in 2016.

22. Demario Richard Jr. RB Arizona State - Richard broke out as a sophomore, running for more than a thousand yards and seven touchdowns while also receiving for more than 300 yards and a few scores. He is similar to Royce Freeman as a 5'10 220-pound load with speed.

21. Darren Carrington Jr. WR Oregon - We have yet to get to see a true full season of what Carrington can do since he broke out in the 2015 Rose Bowl. He is a headache-inducing threat downfield for defenses and should have a huge season.