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2011 Spring Preview - Pac-12 South Buzz
Colorado RB Rodney Stewart
Colorado RB Rodney Stewart
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Posted Mar 17, 2011


The early buzz around each Pac-12 South team going into spring practices.


2011 Pac-12 Spring Preview

South Spring Buzz

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

Nick Foles has just one year of eligibility remaining, but the Wildcats could be set at quarterback for the next three seasons. Once Foles graduates, Arizona might hand the offense to Tom Savage, who was lured across the country by head coach Mike Stoops. A former blue-chip recruit from Pennsylvania, he had a solid debut with Rutgers in 2009, but got injured and was never able to recapture his swagger as a sophomore. Unhappy with the situation, Savage took his time deciding on his next stop, eventually choosing to play in the desert, beginning in 2012.

Arizona State

Well, so much for that highly anticipated quarterback battle in Tempe. What might have been a three-man competition has now boiled down to one healthy Sun Devil, junior Brock Osweiler. His potential competition, Steven Threet and Samson Szakacsy, have given up the sport because of concussions and shoulder problems, respectively. Now, that doesn’t mean Osweiler is winning the job by default. He played real well after Steven Threet was sidelined late in the year, throwing five touchdowns without a pick and leading Arizona State to wins over UCLA and Arizona.

Colorado

Change is everywhere in Boulder, including in the way the program is attacking its offseason conditioning. New head coach Jon Embree brought Malcolm Blacken over from the Washington Redskins, who immediately saw a deficiency in the athletes he inherited. Dan Hawkins’ old staff preached heavy lifting, which left the Buffaloes a little lacking in the areas of flexibility and agility. The new emphasis will not only be on strength, but how well the players can transfer it and functionally use it. It’s a new philosophy that the holdovers are already embracing.

UCLA

His personnel incapable of sparking the Bruins, Rick Neuheisel has looked to his coaching staff for some divine intervention. He cleaned house after last year’s four-win disappointment, bringing in a couple of new coordinators. The final piece of the staff puzzle was defensive coordinator Joe Tresey, whose hiring in mid-February ended an exhaustive two-month search. While he had success in the Big East with Cincinnati and South Florida, he was a surprise addition and by Neuheisel’s admission, the school’s fourth choice. He’ll operate out of a 4-3 base, with the flexibility to shift alignments when necessary.

USC

When G Michael Reardon opted to not return for his final, choosing to work for his father’s company instead, it was another hit to the Trojan offensive line. Fellow guards Butch Lewis and Zack Heberer and C Kris O’Dowd were seniors in 2010, and junior T Tyron Smith left early for the NFL. Although Reardon wasn’t all-star caliber, he did start last year’s final five games and would have provided a much-needed veteran presence. Matt Kalil and Khaled Holmes are set in the lineup, but don’t be shocked if freshmen climb into the two-deep in a hurry.

Utah

A new conference isn’t the only major change Utah is facing in 2011. The program is also installing a different offense, courtesy of first-year coordinator Norm Chow. Gone is the spread, replaced by a multiple look. The quarterback will be under center far more often, which means different footwork for the passers and angles for the running backs. While starter Jordan Wynn is taking snaps and digesting all that he can, he’s still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery and is unable to throw passes during spring drills.

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