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13 Pac-12 players make the Bednarik watch list, including three USC Trojans

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The Chuck Bednarik watch list was announced to honor the best defensive players in the country. Here’s a list of the 13 Pac-12 players to make the list.

Arizona State Sun Devils linebacker Koron Crump.


Oregon Ducks linebacker Troy Dye.

Oregon doesn’t have a great defense, but Dye is one of the best tacklers in the conference.

Utah Utes defensive end Kylie Fitts.

The former USC transfer has become a relentless pass rusher in Salt Lake.

USC Trojans linebacker Porter Gustin

Gustin is one of the most versatile defenders in the conference. Sacks, forced fumbles, tackles in open space, he can do it all.

Utah Utes defensive tackle Lowell Lotulelei

Lotulelei figures to continue to be a big run stopper and clog up the middle against the best Pac-12 offensive lines.

USC Trojans cornerback Iman Marshall

Marshall figures to step into the Adoree’ Jackson role and excel.

Washington State Cougars defensive end Hercules Mata'afa

Mata’afa is going to be the key between a good Washington State defense and a great one.

Stanford Cardinal defensive tackle Harrison Phillips

The Stanford tradition of outstanding front seven play figures to continue with Phillips.

Stanford Cardinal safety Justin Reid

Can Reid keep locking down on deep threats?

USC Trojans linebacker Cameron Smith

Smith has become one of the most productive players in college football and will be one to watch come draft time.

Washington Huskies defensive tackle Vita Vea

Vea clogged tons of holes up front and figures to continue to do so this season.

Washington Huskies linebacker Azeem Victor

Victor remains one of the toughest players to defend with his versatile relentlessness.

UCLA Bruins linebacker Kenny Young.

Young was one of the bright spots for a down UCLA season.