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Top 50 2017 Pac-12 football players 21-30: Ryan Nall one of Pac-12’s best running backs

We continue our countdown of the Pac-12’s best players going into 2017

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21. Ryan Nall Jr. RB Oregon State

The 6’2 235 back carried the Beaver offense on his back at times. He ran for nearly 1,000 yards and scored 13 touchdowns with 214 yards and two scores receiving while basically missing three games in 2016.

22. Shay Fields Sr. WR Colorado

Might be the most-dangerous receiver in the conference. He finished 2016 with nearly 900 yards and nine touchdowns and averaged more than 15 yards per-catch.

23. Kalen Ballage Sr. RB Arizona State

Ballage had more than 1,000 yards combined rushing and receiving in 2016 and scored 15 touchdowns. The 6’3 230 back with great speed is one of the most-unique athletes in the conference.

24. Koron Crump Sr. LB Arizona State

Just another Sun Devil linebacker who makes plays in the backfield all the time. Crump finished 2016 with 10.5 tackles for-loss and nine sacks with an interception.

25. Keishawn Bierria Sr. LB Washington

Flanks Azeem Victor and is almost just as good as a linebacker. He had 68 tackles with five for-loss and two sacks in 2016 along with five fumble recoveries.

26. JoJo Wicker Jr. DE Arizona State

The 2016 All-Pac-12 selection finished 2016 with 11.5 tackles for-loss and 2.5 sacks while also being great against the run on the edge.

27. Hercules Mata’afa Jr. DE Washington State

A scary pass rusher on the edge, Mata’afa had nearly 50 tackles in 2016 with 13.5 for-loss and five sacks. He could be the best pure defensive end in the conference in 2017.

28. Taylor Rapp So. S Washington

The Pac-12 Freshman Defensive Player of the Year and Pac-12 Championship Game MVP came on huge late in 2016. He might be the conference’s best defensive back by the end of 2017.

29. Lowell Lotulelei Sr. DT Utah

Lotulelei was banged up in 2016 and didn’t have his best year, but is a major talent and has the potential to be the conference’s best defensive player if he is fully healthy.

30. Kylie Fitts Sr. DE Utah

Fitts had seven sacks and seven tackles for-loss in 2015, but missed basically all of 2016 with an injury. He is a first-team All-Pac-12-level player if he comes back full-strength.