Ranking the Top Safeties in the Pac-12 for 2020

Jevon Holland leads an elite Oregon Secondary this Fall.


Photo: Sean Meagher - Oregon Live


1. Jevon Holland - Oregon


Jevon Holland put together a dominant season as a Sophomore in 2019 with 66 tackles, 4.5 TFL, and 4 interceptions while earning PFF 1st Team All-Pac-12 honors. Entering 2020, Holland has received 1st round hype and will play mostly nickelback but projects as a Safety at the next level at 6-1 200lb.


2. Talanoa Hufanga - USC


Hufanga flew under the radar a little bit last season but is a popular player among NFL scouts who see him as a potential 1st/2nd round pick in 2021. In 2019, Hufanga produced 90 tackles, 7.5 TFL and 3.5 sacks.


3. Brady Breeze - Oregon


Brady Breeze was the 2020 Rose Bowl Defensive MVP with an amazing clutch performance that resulted in 11 tackles, a fumble recovered for a touchdown and a forced fumble that resulted in the game winning score for Oregon. Breeze played his best football at the end of the season and big things are expected for the fearless safety.


4. Nick Pickett - Oregon


If you haven't noticed yet, the Oregon secondary is incredibly stacked. PFF ranked Pickett as their 10th best safety in all of CFB for 2020. Pickett has 126 career tackles and 14 career passes defended.


5. Elijah Hicks - Cal


Hicks has been a consistent performer for Cal over the past 3 seasons with 113 tackles and 9 TFL. Athlon projects Hicks as a 2nd team All-Pac-12 performer in 2020.


6. Aashari Crosswell - ASU


Aashari Crosswell was the Pac-12's 16th highest graded defender at any position in 2019 according to PFF and was a 2nd Team All-Pac-12 performer on the analytics site as well. In two seasons, Crosswell has 91 tackles and 23 passes defended. Crosswell should take another leap in 2020 and could be a candidate for 1st Team All-Pac-12.


7. Isaiah Pola-Mao - USC


Pola-Mao features intimidating size at 6-4 205lb and will be one of the most feared safeties in the Pac-12 in 2020. The USC secondary will be formidable in 2020 between Hufanga, Pola-Mao, Olaijah Griffin, Greg Johnson and Chris Steele.


8. Cameron Williams - Washington


Williams had some highs and lows as a freshman safety in 2019 but had a knack for some big plays. Williams had 32 tackles and 3 interceptions while being named 2nd Team Freshman All- America by PFF.


9. Asa Turner - Washington


Turner is a formidable safety that can cover the pass and stop the run with his elite size. Turner had 19 tackles, 2 TFL and an interception as a freshman in 2019.


10. Skyler Thomas - WSU


Thomas doesn't posses ideal NFL size at 5-9 but has been productive during his career with WSU. The Cougar safety has 152 career tackles, 6 interceptions and 12 passes defended. Athlon selected Thomas as a 3rd Team All-Pac-12 performer for 2020.