The Pac-12's proclivity for offense is no secret. More than half of the conference's members ran uptempo offensive schemes last season, and the trend shows no signs of dissipating in the coming years.
The prevalence of high-scoring, high-tempo offenses around the league has forced Pac-12 defenses to step up its intensity and players have responded.
The Pac-12 was home to some of the nation's best turnover-generating defenses, as well as some of the most prolific sacking defenses.
Defensive talent is plentiful around the conference and, to that end, deserving names did not make the cut. Those who did are primed to be the Pac-12's top playmakers in 2014.
Kyle Kensing is the Pac-12 Lead Writer. Quotes obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. Statistics compiled via CFBstats.com unless otherwise noted.