19 INTERCEPTIONS THROWN BY THE BEAVERS IN 2011, INCLUDING 18 BY SEAN MANNION—BOTH OF WHICH WERE THE MOST IN THE PAC-12.
DE SCOTT CRICHTON SOPHOMORE
He earned a starting role as a redshirt freshman last season, when he had 74 tackles, six sacks and six forced fumbles (setting a school record). Crichton's continued impact is key to an improved run defense.
CB-KR JORDAN POYER SENIOR
One of the nation's best cornerbacks (four picks, 16 passes defended in 2011), the 6-foot 190-pounder is also vital in the return game. Oregon's top baseball player as a senior at Astoria High, he played seven games in the outfield for the Beavers last year.
WR MARKUS WHEATON SENIOR