Who's the Defensive MVP on each Pac-12 Team?

Scout asked our Pac-12 experts to pick the most essential defensive player on the team they cover. Here's what they had to say.

Paul Magloire, LB/S, Arizona - "This is a big season for Magloire. He will be used in a variety of roles with the new coaching staff and brings experience to a young unit." -- Jason Scheer, Wildcat Authority 

Salamo Fiso, LB, Arizona State - "Fiso led the Sun Devils with 99 tackles in 2015, and he is the leading returning tackles-for-loss player in the Pac-12, after collecting 20 last season." -- Chris Karpman, Sun Devil Source 

Henry Mondeaux, DL, Oregon - "He is the most experienced, but this is a hard choice unlike the last few years when Oregon DL's were first round NFL picks. This year will be a nameless defense so perhaps it will be a collection of players under Brady Hoke's new scheme that will want to improve from one of the worst defenses in the country last year." -- Steve Summers, eDuck 

Caleb Saulo, LB, Oregon State - "He's a guy that new defensive coordinator Kevin Clune won't have to worry about. Saulo started in every game last year except one, due to an injury." -- Charlie Richenstein, Scout.com

Chidobe Awuzie, DB, Colorado - "This one is a no-brainer. Awuzie is the Buffaloes' best overall player, as well as the team's most versatile player and the best tackler. Awuzie is finally starting to generate some national attention as he gets set to enter his senior campaign. He will be used at both nickel back and cornerback this fall, and could even be an emergency option at safety, a spot he has played well at before." -- Adam Munsterteiger, BuffStampede

Solomon Thomas, DL, Stanford -- "Thomas is the anchor of the defensive line and is an absolute monster. He's a physical freak that can overwhelm offensive lines." -- Jackson Safon, Scout.com 

Jayon Brown, LB, UCLA - "He was UCLA's leading tackler a year ago, and the change in the defensive scheme will only enhance that. He's the heart of UCLA's defense." -- Tracy Pierson, Bruin Report

Cam Smith, LB, USC - "Smith took the USC starting job and ran with it last year, breaking all sorts of freshman linebacker records, before getting hurt. Assuming he's fully healthy for this upcoming season, Smith will be the anchor for a USC defense that was gutted on the defensive line." -- Jackson Safon, Scout.com 

Marcus Williams, FS, Utah -  "The returning All Pac-12 free safety looks to top his team-high five interceptions from a season ago, which was second in the conference. -- Zane Hopen, Scout.com 

Azeem Victor, MLB, Washington - "Victor is the spine of the Huskies' defense and needs to continue his dominant physical play. He is the one that brings the attitude and leads by example." - Chris Fetters, Dawgman 

Hercules Mata'afa, DL, WSU -- "A close call between Mata'afa and safety Shalom Luani, but Mata'afa gets the nod after being such a disruptive force last year. The third-year sophomore figures to be well-known across the Pac-12 by the end of the season." -- Barry Bolton, Cougfan

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