1. Tyron Smith Jr ...USC
2. Bo Thran Sr ...Oregon
3. C.E. Kaiser Sr ...Oregon
4. Senio Kelemete Jr...Washington
5. Jonathan Martin So ...California
The Pac 10 has some good looking tackles this year led by USC's Tyron Smith who is the best pro prospect according the the scouting services. Picking a top five wasn't exactly easy because there are obviously more than five pretty good tackles out there.
Cal's Michael Schwartz, Oregon State's Michael Philipp, and UCLA's Xavier Su'a-Filo all have the potential to be among the top five in the conference by the end of the season even though they didn't mak the cut during this round.
Oregon had two players make our list which is a huge reason they are still being picked to win the Pac 10 even though QB Jeremiah Masoli will be sitting out this season.
Tyron Smith played well in his first season as a starter in 2009 and was named to the All Pac 10 team as an honorable mention. He had surgery on his right thumb prior to 2010 spring practice. He has a terrific frame with long arms and quick feet.
Why Tyron's going to be a success is the way he approaches the game and the way he goes to work," Cregg said. "He's got a winner's mentality. ... He takes coaching and he's going to be a success. He's going to be a good player." Kiffin agrees: "He has a chance to be an NFL-type offensive lineman. We've just got to continue to work with him."
Oregon's Bo Thran started 12 games last season and was an honorable mention selection to the 2009 All Pac 10 team. Bo has been selected to the preliminary watch list for the 2010 Rotary Lombardi Award.
"Bo's the best athlete on our line because he's so versatile, fast and changes directions well," Kaiser said. "He's already great now. I can't imagine how great he would be if he had all the practice time the rest of us have had."
The play of Stanford's Jonathan Martin who started as a RS frosh last season was one big reason the Cardinal ran theball so well in 2009. Martin was named to the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List this spring. How many RS frosh can you name that can step into a starting job at LT and do well?
“I am just trying to get better out here and listen to the older guys,” Martin said after practice Thursday. “We have some real good senior leadership with Marinelli and Smith. And every time I mess up I have Andrew Phillips on my right.”
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Oregon's C.E. Kaiser started in 12 of 13 games in 2009.
“It’s weird, but I just go from game to game, and I kind of forget about games in the past. You don’t even know it, but you just put your head down and play, play, play. You’re living in the moment. You live for that game, and that moment, and it’s awesome.”
Senio Kelemete is playing his third position in three years so why does he make our top five at offensive tackle? Just ask head coach Steve Sarkisian.
"I love him, I love him," said UW coach Steve Sarkisian after Tuesday's practice. "He's an All-Pac-10 player." Asked why, Sarkisian said: "Because of one, his want-to. He wants to be great, he's athletically gifted enough to play that position, and he's got the leadership qualities it takes to be that type of guy. He's definitely that type of guy.