Stanford senior left guard
Height, weight: 6-foot-5, 311 pounds
Previous rank: No. 12
His case: Stanford ran for 210.9 yards per game, and Kevin Hogan has only been sacked 13 times in 13 games. Two-time all-Pac-12 lineman Yankey is the biggest reason why The Cardinal is in the Rose Bowl.
What we said before the season: Maybe you've never heard of him, but Yankey is one of the nation's best offensive lineman. He won the Morris Trophy, voted on by Pac-12 defensive linemen, last year, and earned first-team All-America honors by two publications. He started all 14 games last season at left tackle and 13 at left guard the year before. He'll likely return to guard this year, and could be a first-round draft pick.