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Shaquille Richardson, cornerback
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The sophomore from California leads the team with three interceptions and returned one for a touchdown. As a freshman, he was a part-time starter and had two interceptions and 29 tackles.

Paul Vassallo, linebacker
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He came to Arizona last year from Sierra Community College and ended up as the team's top tackler with 102 and was named honorable mention all-Pac-12. This year he leads the team with 53 tackles, including five tackles for loss, a sack and a fumble recovery.

Robert Golden, safety
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The senior from Fresno has been a solid starter for the defense for three years. He has just four interceptions in three years, but two have been electrifying — a 79-yarder in a win over Stanford in 2009 and the 91-yarder last week against Washington that made several highlight reels.

Juron Criner, wide receiver
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The former high school teammate of Utah's DeVonte Christopher leads the Wildcats with 47 catches for 559 yards and eight touchdowns. He has started off and on since his freshman season and as a junior caught 82 passes for 1,233 yards and 11 touchdowns when he was a first-team all-Pac-10 selection.

Nick Foles, quarterback
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The 6-5, 240-pound senior from Texas has started for three years and has gotten better each year. In 2009 and 2010, he passed for 5,677 yards and 39 touchdowns. This year he has completed 259 of 370 passes (70 percent) for 20 touchdowns with eight interceptions and has a passing efficiency rating of 150.12. He ranks No. 5 in the nation in total offense with 355 yards per game.