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Top 50 2019 Pac-12 players 21-30: Washington State’s Abraham Lucas is their next great OT

We continue our countdown of the best players in the Pac-12 going into 2019.

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30. Gage Gubrud Sr. QB Washington State - Yes, I’m putting a player who has never played a snap of FBS football at number 30. That’s how much confidence I have in Mike Leach’s system, the Cougars’ talent on offense and keep in mind that Gubrud excelled when he played against FBS teams (including the Cougars).

29. Jacob Eason Jr. QB Washington - The other Washington QB transfer is going to be hyped all offseason and at least some of it is deserved because of his raw first round talent and SEC starting experience. If he can perform at least as well as Jake Browning did the past two years, with his raw skills, he should be at least a Top 30 player.

28. Jalen Thompson Sr. S Washington State - Thompson has been a rangy playmaker in the back of WSU’s defense for a few seasons now and feels like a player who could step his game up even more as a senior. He has nearly 200 tackles, six ints, and 17 PDs in his career.

*Unfortunately Thompson lost his eligibility this summer and is headed to the NFL.

27. Colin Schooler Jr. LB Arizona - He’s turning into the next Scooby Wright at Arizona. He was everything for the Wildcats D last year with more than 100 tackles, 21.5 for-loss, 3.5 sacks and 2 ints. He’s been a standout since early in his freshman year.

26. Troy Dye Sr. LB Oregon - Dye returning for his senior season was a semi-surprise as the 6’4 225 rare athlete with safety speed is seen as a solid NFL prospect. He’s coming off what might be his least-impressive season in Eugene, but his overall career has been amazing - more than 300 tackles, 32 for-loss, 10 sacks and three ints. He could easily return to 2017 form.

25. Hunter Bryant Jr. TE Washington - Bryant’s been hurt for so much of his career that we’ve barely been able to see what he can truly be. What the 6’2 240 talent can be is basically the conference’s best receiver after Laviska Shenault who is also a very strong blocker and the next Evan Engram.

24. Colby Parkinson Jr. TE Stanford - The 6’7 next great Stanford TE flashed what he is capable as a sophomore, catching 29 passes for nearly 500 yards and seven TDs. I think he’ll do much more than that as a junior and be KJ Costello’s top target with Kaden Smith and JJ Arcega-Whiteside off to the NFL.

23. Ashtyn Davis Sr. S Cal - He broke out as a star in Cal’s defensive revolution of 2018, with more than 50 tackles and four ints, including a pick six. He’s the backbone of Cal’s ridiculously-good secondary and also a great return specialist.

22. Camryn Bynum Jr. CB Cal - One of the best lockdown cornerbacks not many people know about. He had two ints and knocked down nine passes in 2018 and those numbers would be higher if more teams threw against him.

21. Abraham Lucas So. T Washington State - Lucas excelled as a freshman starting right tackle and earned all-conference honors. He’s next in line to be a stud Cougar OT and the scary thing is he might have the best physical tools of any of the NFL tackles who have played in Pullman under Leach.