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Pac-12 North Pre-Spring - Team Problems
California QB Zach Maynard
California QB Zach Maynard
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Posted Feb 12, 2012


2012 Pac-12 North Pre-Spring Preview - What Every Pac-12 North Team Should Be Grouchy

2012 Pre-Spring Preview   

Why To Be Grouchy - Pac-12 North


North California | Oregon | Oregon St | Stanford | Washington | Washington State
South Arizona | Arizona St | Colorado | UCLA | USC | Utah 

2012 Pac-12 Pre-Spring Preview
- Pre-Preseason Pac-12 North Rankings
- Pre-Preseason Pac-12 South Rankings
- Why Every Pac-12 North Team Should Be Excited
- Why Every Pac-12 South Team Should Be Excited
- Why Every Pac-12 North Team Should Be Grouchy
- Why Every Pac-12 South Team Should Be Grouchy
- What Every Pac-12 North Team Needs To Work On 
- What Every Pac-12 South Team Needs To Work On 
2012 Recruiting Rankings Pac-12 North | Pac-12 South

California

The Bears will be forced to adjust to new rotations on both lines after losing their best offensive and defensive linemen to graduation. First-team All-Pac-12 LT Mitchell Schwartz is one of two departing starters up front, leaving a giant hole for the front wall. RT Matt Summers-Gavin, who protects the blind side of the left-handed QB Zach Maynard, will be asked to become the leader of the reshuffled group. Over on defense, two of the three starters are also gone, all-conference Trevor Guyton and Ernest Owusu. NG Aaron Tipoti is on the tarmac, but who flanks him at end?

Oregon

Nearly half of the defense that started the Rose Bowl has exhausted its eligibility. The coaching staff must develop successors for DE Terrell Turner, linebackers Josh Kaddu and Dewitt Stuckey, rover Eddie Pleasant and CB Anthony Gildon. If the offense is even slightly less potent than in recent seasons, it’ll be up to the D to pick up some of the slack. At least in the early going, Nick Aliotti’s reshaped unit could have a difficult time rising up to the challenge.

Oregon State

Even with the addition of Michael Philipp up front, Oregon State still has plenty of work to do along the offensive line before the opener. Three starters from a year ago, LT Mike Remmers, C Grant Johnson and RG Burke Ellis, are now former Beavers. They formed the foundation of a unit that was among the worst in the Pac-12, ranking 81st nationally in sacks allowed, and blocking for the country’s 118th-ranked ground game.

Stanford

The offense will have a hard time approaching last year’s production, and it won’t be for the obvious reason. As if losing the game’s best quarterback, Andrew Luck, to the NFL wasn’t tough enough, three other All-Pac-12 first-teamers are gone, TE Coby Fleener, LT Jonathan Martin and RG David DeCastro. At this early stage, there’s no clear-cut successor to Luck behind center. Last year’s caddie, Brett Nottingham, has attempted just eight career passes, and won’t be anointed the starter until proving he’s ready for the promotion.

Washington

It could take a month or more into the season before the Huskies adapt to the departures of key players on both sides of the ball. Of the nine players who were named honorable mention All-Pac-12 or higher, six are no longer in Seattle. On offense, star RB Chris Polk leaves behind an impressive three-year legacy as a workhorse. The defense is really going to miss the presence of DT Alameda Ta’amu and MLB Cort Dennison, the unit’s two best answers to the other guy’s ground game.

Washington State

The Cougar offense could be hampered by the play of an offensive line that parts ways with four seniors who played plenty of football in Pullman over the years. It was a subpar group before the turnover, yielding more sacks than all but four FBS programs. It’s no wonder that quarterbacks Jeff Tuel and Connor Halliday both lost time to injury in 2011, and the ground game managed just three yards a carry. LG John Fullington has anchor potential, but he’s the exception on an otherwise middling collection of blockers.

North California | Oregon | Oregon St | Stanford | Washington | Washington State
South Arizona | Arizona St | Colorado | UCLA | USC | Utah 

2012 Pac-12 Pre-Spring Preview
- Pre-Preseason Pac-12 North Rankings
- Pre-Preseason Pac-12 South Rankings
- Why Every Pac-12 North Team Should Be Excited
- Why Every Pac-12 South Team Should Be Excited
- Why Every Pac-12 North Team Should Be Grouchy
- Why Every Pac-12 South Team Should Be Grouchy
- What Every Pac-12 North Team Needs To Work On 
- What Every Pac-12 South Team Needs To Work On 
2012 Recruiting Rankings Pac-12 North | Pac-12 South