Top Pac-10 talent

ESPN.com's Mel Kiper lists the top five players on the roster of each Pac-10 team.

Originally Published: July 12, 2004
By Mel Kiper Jr. | Special to ESPN Insider
Editor's note: ESPN.com's Mel Kiper Jr. continues his look at the best players in each conference by examining the top five players on the roster of each Pac-10 team (schools listed in alphabetical order).

Arizona Wildcats
1. Mike Bell, RB, jr. -- Rushed for 920 yards last season and averaged 5.5 yards per carry. Bell caught only six passes last year, and the coaching staff would like to get him the ball more in those situations.
2. Steve Fleming, TE, sr. -- A strong 6-foot-5, 255-pounder who had 24 catches last season and should top 30 this year.
3. Darrell Brooks, S, jr. -- Has very good instincts for the position along with excellent physical ability.
4. Marcus Smith, DE, jr. -- Has cat-like quickness at 6-5, 250 and needs to become a sack artist if the Wildcats hope to improve on defense and make some noise in the Pac-10.
5. Brandon Phillips, OT, sr. -- Regarded as one of the better tackles in the league entering last season but injured his knee and missed the last nine games of the season. Phillips has been granted a sixth year of eligibility and should be back in the fold this season.

Mel Kiper Jr.

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