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2011 Spring Preview Pac-12 South Attitudes
Arizona WR Juron Criner
Arizona WR Juron Criner
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Mar 17, 2011


The attitude for each Pac-12 South team going into spring practices.


2011 Pac-12 Spring Preview

South Spring Attitudes

Click for each team's spring preview
North California | Oregon | Oregon St | Stanford | Washington | Washington State 
South Arizona | Arizona State | Colorado | UCLA | USC | Utah

2011 Pac-12 Spring Preview  
- 2011 Pac-12 North Spring Buzz
- 2011 Pac-12 South Spring Buzz
- 2011 Pac-12 North Spring Attitudes
- 2011 Pac-12 South Spring Attitudes
- 2011 Pac-12 North Spring Key Positions
- 2011 Pac-12 South Spring Key Positions   
- 2011 Pac-12 North Spring Questions 
- 2011 Pac-12 South Spring Questions    
- Pac-12 Spring Rankings

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Arizona

Although the Wildcats have been to three straight bowl games, they’ll spend the next few months trying to locate some lost swagger. Of course, even if that occurs it won’t solve the holes that exist on offense and defense. It’s going to be an important offseason for Arizona, which has an uncomfortable number of holes to fill. The strength is on offense, where Nick Foles, RB Keola Antolin, and WR Juron Criner give the program one of the better trios of playmakers in the conference.

Arizona State

If Arizona State was ever going to get back on the rails, now would be the time to do it. A trendy choice to win the Pac-12 South, the Sun Devils return a 6-8 chucker at quarterback, options at the skill positions, and almost every starter on defense. For a school that lost four games by no more than four points a year ago, attitude and confidence will be important intangibles heading into 2011. If it gets hot early and starts learning how to win the close ones, it has a chance to be one of this year’s bigger surprises.

Colorado

Just because Colorado is in full-fledged rebuilding mode doesn’t mean the program is lacking in talent. RB Rodney Stewart and receivers Paul Richardson and Toney Clemons are quality skill guys, and NT Will Pericak and LB Jon Major are the cornerstones of the front seven. Still, the Buffaloes have a long way to go, particularly on offense, as they begin life in a new conference. New head coach Jon Embree & Co. will use 2011 to set the table and the ground rules in the hopes of gradually turning things around at a school that’s gone five years without a winning season.

UCLA

Three years into his rebuilding project, and Rick Neuheisel has the Bruins going in reverse. After making a cameo in the Top 25 in early October, UCLA lost six of its final seven games and then performed poorly on signing day. Naturally, it’s a crucial year for the coach, who’s squandering an opportunity to narrow the gap on wounded rival USC. There’s an air of desperation in Westwood that’ll only dissipate if a bunch of players overachieve and perform beyond their resume.

USC

USC may not be out of the woods, but it’s beginning to see a little daylight. With a year of NCAA sanctions and postseason ineligibility now in the rear view mirror, the program is that much closer to getting back on equal footing with the rest of the conference. The objective for Kiffin and his staff in 2011 is to start producing better results and a cleaner product after regressing beyond expectations last season. If the line comes together, the offense should again be potent with QB Matt Barkley returning for his third year. The D, on the other hand, must gel and become more than just a bunch of talented, yet disparate, parts.

Utah

These are exciting times in Salt Lake City. Gone are the days when the Utes played in the shadows and needed perfection in order to earn a spot in a BCS bowl game. Winning the Pac-12 will be no small chore, but at least Utah has more control of its own destiny. Conference affiliation will have no bearing on how the school prepares in the offseason. Kyle Whittingham wants to install the new offense, get the backfield in shape, and get beyond last year’s poor finish.
 
Click for each team's spring preview
North California | Oregon | Oregon St | Stanford | Washington | Washington State 
South Arizona | Arizona State | Colorado | UCLA | USC | Utah

2011 Pac-12 Spring Preview  
- 2011 Pac-12 North Spring Buzz
- 2011 Pac-12 South Spring Buzz
- 2011 Pac-12 North Spring Attitudes
- 2011 Pac-12 South Spring Attitudes
- 2011 Pac-12 North Spring Key Positions
- 2011 Pac-12 South Spring Key Positions   
- 2011 Pac-12 North Spring Questions 
- 2011 Pac-12 South Spring Questions    
- Pac-12 Spring Rankings