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Oregon State Football: The Top 5 Beavers Will Face In 2021 Wrap-Up

It’s how our “Top 5” lists ended up looking overall.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 21 USC at Notre Dame Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The All-Top 5 Team

USC v Arizona
USC edge-rusher Drake Jackson is among the best at his position in all of college football.
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  • QB: Kedon Slovis (USC)
  • RB: Max Borghi (Washington State)
  • WR: Drake London (USC)
  • OL: Jaxson Kirkland (Washington)
  • DL: Kayvon Thibodeaux (Oregon)
  • LB: Drake Jackson (USC)
  • DB: Mykael Wright (Oregon)
  • Coach: Kyle Whittingham (Utah)

The Breakdown

Most Overall Team Selections: USC & Oregon (6 Selections)
The Trojans and Ducks topped the list of the most players selected, with USC’s loaded defense and Oregon’s all-around talent sprinkling the list. That’s no surprise as the two programs are both expected to both compete for a Pac-12 crown come this Fall.

Least Overall Team Selections: California & Idaho (1 Selection)
California only got on the board with head coach Justin Wilcox finding a spot, while it was wide receiver Cutrell Haywood who represented Idaho as one of the best pass-catchers on the upcoming slate. Could it be a sign of two potential wins for the Beavers?

Most #1 Team Selections: USC (3 Players)
USC never has a lack of top-tier talent and heading into 2021, that will be on full display between QB Kedon Slovis, WR Drake London and LB Drake Jackson leading the way. All three would be considered among the top at their position naturally.

Biggest Sleeper: DL - Korey Foreman (USC)
At 6’ 4”, 265 pounds, there’s tons of belief that five-star prospect Korey Foreman could be one of college football’s biggest surprises in becoming an instant game-changer, much like Kayvon Thibodeaux was for Oregon a season ago.

Biggest Risk: QB - Jarrett Guarantano (Washington State)
At Tennessee, Guarantano was a mixed bag of results, sometimes showing brilliances of the next-level QB that he was once believed to be. Overall though, a fresh start at Washington State could either be his saving grace or simply more of the same.

Surest Non-Top Three Selection: LB - Darius Muasau (Hawai’i)
The list of top linebackers was among the toughest to finally pan out, as there were so many talented second row guys on the Beavers slate. Muasau is an All-Mountain West First Team talent who very well could’ve been a top pick in another year.

Biggest Omission: RB - Christopher Brown Jr. (California)
The irony of my overwhelming admiration for Christopher Brown is my general lack of love for California, but when reviewing our running backs list, Brown was one of the hardest cuts to make. Don’t be surprised if he’s one of the Pac-12’s most stable players.

The Lists