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2011 Spring Preview Pac-12 South Questions
Utah QB Jordan Wynn
Utah QB Jordan Wynn
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Posted Mar 17, 2011


The big questions surrounding each Pac-12 South team going into spring practices.


2011 Pac-12 Spring Preview

South Spring Questions

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North California | Oregon | Oregon St | Stanford | Washington | Washington State 
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Arizona

Can the ‘Cats use the spring to shake off the bad mojo from last year’s season-ending collapse? While there’s a need to bolster both sides of the ball, the staff will also be looking to repair the team’s psyche. After climbing high up the polls, Arizona failed to sustain, losing its final five games, capped by an awful bowl loss to Oklahoma State. If the players are still a little fragile, they better address it in March and April because there’ll be no leniency once the season starts.

Arizona State

Is this the last stand for head coach Dennis Erickson? After starting so quickly at Arizona State, he’s flat-lined, going 15-21 without a bowl invite over the last three seasons. This season, he’ll have fewer excuses than ever before, coaching a team loaded with returning starters. Assuming Brock Osweiler doesn’t get injured, testing a sudden lack of depth behind center, the Sun Devils will boast experience at every spot on the field. With that many familiar faces, another mediocre season will be tough for Erickson to justify to the administration.

Colorado

Can QB Tyler Hansen end his career on a high note? He’s been a disappointment, but then again, he hasn’t exactly gotten a ton of support. The starter before rupturing his spleen midway through last year, he’s thrown more career interceptions than touchdown passes, a trend that could bump him from the pole position if it continues. Back to full strength again, his main spring objective is to digest the system and earn the confidence of an entirely new set of coaches.

UCLA

Can hot-shot recruit Brett Hundley nab the quarterback job in his Westwood debut? Why not? Widely considered one of the nation’s top recruits coming out of Chandler (Ariz.) High School, he won’t be competing against Troy Aikman and Cade McNown. Projected starter Kevin Prince has had trouble staying healthy, and is still recovering from a knee injury. Richard Brehaut struggled in his place last fall, throwing a pick in each of his last six games. Although it’s never easy for a rookie to make up this much ground so quickly, UCLA is open to suggestions for solving its offensive woes.

USC

Can the defense rebound in Monte Kiffin’s second year as the coordinator? The underlying cause of last year’s five-loss campaign, Troy was uncharacteristically porous, especially when the ball was in the air. The positive news is that most of the regulars are back on campus, and a second season in the system should benefit everyone. At the height of the Pete Carroll era, the defense was among the stingiest in America, which is where this team is aiming after bottoming out in 2010.

Utah

Who carries the load now that Eddie Wide and Matt Asiata have graduated? The Utes lose their top two rushers and more than 70% of last season’s production, leaving a hole in the backfield. Unless one of the holdovers makes a quantum leap, the job could eventually go to a newcomer, either true freshman Harvey Langi or junior college transfer John White. If the situation really becomes dire, don’t be surprised to see the staff employ sizable backup QB Griff Robles in more “Wildcat” packages.

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