Pac-12 Football Position Rankings: Secondary

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November 10, 2012; Berkeley, CA, USA; Oregon Ducks defensive back Brian Jackson (12) intercepts a pass intended for California Golden Bears wide receiver Darius Powe (10) during the fourth quarter at Memorial Stadium. The Oregon Ducks defeated the California Golden Bears 59-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

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1. Oregon Ducks

The Ducks talented secondary is headlined by junior cornerback Iso Ekpre-Olomu. The potential first-round pick intercepted four passes last season in addition to making 63 tackles. He’s not the only defensive back making an impact in Eugene, either. Junior Terrence Mitchell will line up opposite him for the third straight season. He has been a consistent force in the Oregon secondary the past two seasons. The Ducks don’t lack experience at safety, either, starting two seniors.

2. Stanford Cardinal

Not only is Stanford’s front seven scary, its secondary is intimidating, too. Once again, the Cardinal will have one of the top defenses in the Pac-12, and their secondary will be a big part of it. Senior safety Ed Reynolds was second in the conference in interceptions last season, with six. The third-team All-American will lead a young-but-talented Stanford secondary.

3. USC Trojans

The Trojans possess one of the best defensive players in the Pac-12, in junior safety Dion Bailey. After winning Defensive Freshman of the Year two seasons ago, Bailey racked up 80 tackles last year. At cornerback, the Trojans will start senior Torin Harris opposite junior Anthony Brown. USC has lots of talent in the secondary, but much-heralded recruit Su’a Cravens could see the field this year as well.

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