Jack Follman’s 2021 Top 50 Pac-12 Football Players: 50-41

Counting down the 50-best Conference players for 2021 in descending order

Posted on June 20, 2021

  By Jack Follman, SuperWest Sports

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Not Christmas, but preseason Pac-12 football rankings time!

Each year, I like to close out my preseason rankings by counting down the 50-best Pac-12 players in descending order.

Ready to get outraged and offended about where a player from your favorite team is slotted?

Let’s get going with a list of the players who just missed the Top 50 cut.

60. Tyler Johnson, Senior Defensive End, Arizona State
59. Devon Williams, Junior Wide Receiver, Oregon
58. Clark Phillips III, Junior Cornerback, Utah
57. Jaylen Watson, Senior Cornerback, Washington State
56. Isaiah Lewis, Junior Cornerback, Colorado
55. Britain Brown, Senior Running Back, UCLA
54. Terrance Lang, Junior Defensive End, Colorado
53. Henry Bainivalu, Senior Guard, Washington
52. Sataoa Laumea, Freshman Guard, Utah
51. Joshua Gray, Sophomore Tackle, Oregon State

50. Zion Tupuola-Fetui, Junior Defensive End, Washington

Zion Tupuola-Fetui | Jeff Halstead/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

I was seriously considering having ZTF as the number one player on this list before he got injured this Spring with an Achilles injury.

He was possibly the Pac-12’s best player at any position in the four games he played in 2020, being outright dominant.

He may be back late in the season, and if he can make that kind of impact starting late, he could be one of the 50-best players in the Conference.

49. Brendan Radley-Hiles, Senior Cornerback, Washington (via Oklahoma)

Brendan Radley-Hiles | Amanda Snyder/Seattle Times

The Oklahoma grad transfer started for the Sooners for multiple years and in a lot of huge games.

He instantly will bring a big-play ability and big-hitting track record to the already strong Husky secondary.

48. Keaontay Ingram, Junior Running Back, USC (via Texas)

Keaontay Ingram | John McGillen/USC Athletics

The Texas transfer looks to be USC’s feature back going into 2021. He has elite talent and it should serve him well instantly as a new face in the Pac-12.

He seems like a back that should crack 1,000 yards this season.

47. Zach Charbonnet, Junior Running Back, UCLA (via Michigan)

Zach Charbonnet | 247Sports


Let’s go with another transfer. This one is a former Michigan player who has started and contributed a lot during his time in Ann Arbor.

He’s a huge back who should immediately be really productive for Chip Kelly and the Bruins.

46. Thomas Booker, Senior Defensive End, Stanford

Thomas Booker | Pac-12 Conference

Booker is one of the best veteran defensive linemen in the Conference, and has a ton of experience.

He’s a big, elite athlete with great versatility and he can stuff the run and get after the passer.

45. Jamal Hill, Junior Safety, Oregon

Jamal Hill | Rick Scuteri/AP

Hill broke out in the Pac-12 Championship Game with two huge interceptions.

He’s a big, impressive athlete who is just coming into his own and should be a dangerous presence in the Oregon secondary in 2021.

44. Kana’i Mauga, Senior Linebacker, USC

Kana’i Mauga | Trojans Wire USA TODAY

Another player who had a great Pac-12 Championship Game in 2020.

Mauga is a very active athlete who makes plays all over the field, and got better as the season went on last year.

43. Ryan Bowman, Senior Defensive End, Washington

Ryan Bowman | Mike Siegel/Seattle Times

The veteran pass-rusher plays a lot of different positions and is great at getting to the quarterback.

He barely played in 2020 and should come back fresh for one last run through the Pac-12 and get close to 10 sacks.

42. Mika Tafua, Senior Defensive End, Utah

The Utes always get the most out of defensive linemen, especially late in their career, and it feels like the big, strong and experienced Tafua will be their next breakout defensive lineman.

He was part of a unit that was excellent at defending the run last year.

41. Quentin Lake, Senior Safety, UCLA

Quentin Lake | 247Sports

Lake really emerged in 2020 as a stellar veteran defensive back.

He’s really good against the run and racking up tackles and also a ballhawk who can pick off and knock down passes.

—Other Players in the Top 50 Countdown—
Players 30-21
Players 40-31

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