Jack Follman’s 2023 Preseason Top 50 Pac-12 Players (40-31)

At this point, we start to get into some more well-known players who could become stars

Posted on June 9, 2023

  By Jack Follman, SuperWest Sports

Pac-12We continue our countdown of the top Pac-12 players going into the 2023 season with numbers 31-40.

At this point in the count, we start to get into some more well-known players and guys who could turn into true stars this year and climb the ranks.

Here are the next 10 best players as I see them.

40. Nakia Watson, Senior, Running Back, Washington State
Washington State RB Nakia Watson | Tyler Tjomsland/The Spokesman-Review
How good he was in 2022 slipped by a lot of people.

I don’t think that’s going to happen in 2023 as he goes for the 1,000-yard mark.

39. Jabbar Muhammad, Senior, Cornerback, Washington
Washington CB Jabbar Muhammad | Washington Athletics
The Oklahoma State transfer earned All-Big 12 honors and looks to be Washington’s top corner coming into the season.

He should step in and compete for All-Pac-12 honors right away.

38. DJ Uiagalelei, Junior, Quarterback, Oregon State
Oregon State QB DJ Uiagalelei | Getty Images via CBSSports.com
It’s hard to gauge DJU.

Will he win the starting job? Will he become the next Bo Nix who leaves a southern power after being just alright and blows up?

This seems like a fair spot.

37. MarShawn Lloyd, Junior, Running Back, USC
Trojan RB MarShawn Lloyd | Artie Walker Jr./AP
The South Carolina transfer has been good in the SEC and it feels like he could be even better in the Pac-12.

I have a feeling he’s going to be a star in Lincoln Riley’s system in L.A.

36. Evan Williams, Senior, Safety, Oregon
Oregon S Evan Wiliams | Fresno St Athletics
A perennial All-Mountain West player at Fresno State, Williams should come in and be one of the better DBs in the Pac-12.

He should bring a steady and needed presence to the back of Oregon’s defense.

35. James Rawls, Senior, Defensive Tackle, Oregon State
Oregon State DE James Rawls | Sean Meagher/The Oregonian
A big part of why Oregon State’s defense was better in 2022.

Rawls is a rock in the middle for the Beavers.

34. Ron Stone Jr., Senior, Defensive End, Washington State
Cougar DE Ron Stone Jr. | WSU Athletics
The veteran edge rusher has more than 10 sacks in his career and nearly 150 tackles.

One of the toughest pass rushers in the Conference.

33. Elijhah Badger, Junior, Wide Receiver, Arizona State
Arizona State WR Elijhah Badger | Christian Petersen/Getty Images
The rangy receiver was excellent in 2022 on a struggling ASU team and was one of the best receivers in the conference.

He finished with over 800 yards and caught seven touchdowns.

32. Michael Wiley, Senior, Running Back, Arizona
Arizona RB Michael Wiley | Christian Petersen/Getty Images
The veteran back is here for another run at Arizona and should be one of the better RBs in the conference.

Wiley had more than 1,000 yards combined rushing and receiving last year and scored 11 touchdowns.

31. Tetairoa McMillan, Sophomore, Wide Receiver, Arizona
Arizona WR Tetairoa McMillan | Mike Christy/Arizona Athletics
The 6-foot-5 playmaker showed he is a star in the making as a true freshman last year.

McMillan logged 700 yards and eight touchdowns and should have more in 2023.

See players ranked 50-41

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