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Pac-12 South Pre-Spring - Team Problems
Utah RB John White
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Posted Feb 12, 2012


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

2012 Pre-Spring Preview   

Why To Be Grouchy - Pac-12 South


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

Arizona

The Wildcats have a problem at quarterback without a sure thing to kick off the Rich Rodriguez era. The graduation of strong-armed Nick Foles pretty much ensures that there’ll be a drop-off behind center. Senior Matt Scott has untapped potential, but has attempted only 177 passes over the last three seasons. Behind him will be a pair of recent signees, Javelle Allen and Josh Kern. If Scott can’t secure the position, or is lost to injury, Arizona will be put in the unenviable position of handing the reins over to a rookie.

Arizona State

Todd Graham’s new staff will need much of the offseason to decide on a quarterback. Brock Osweiler’s decision to turn pro early was a crushing decision for the 2012 team. It leaves the Devils to sift through sophomores Taylor Kelly and Mike Bercovici, and redshirt freshman Michael Eubank. The trio has combined to attempt just seven passes at this level. Ouch. Add in the implementation of a new offensive system, and Arizona State could take a while to find its sea legs this fall.

Colorado

From the team that won just three games last season, Colorado is losing a big chunk of pivotal players to graduation. Just for beginners, the Buffs must replace starting QB Tyler Hansen, leading rusher Rodney Stewart and their most productive receiver, Toney Clemons. The battle at quarterback will be particularly important since sophomore Nick Hirschman and Connor Wood, a Texas transfer, don’t have a lot of experience between them.

UCLA

The passing game remains saddled with uncertainty. While Kevin Prince is the presumed starter behind center, he’s never been able to complete a season with spending considerable time on the DL. And who will be his targets? Yeah, TE Joseph Fauria is a good one, but without WR Nelson Rosario, the Bruins will have a hard time stretching opposing defenses. Balance is a priority for the staff, which knows that Franklin’s running room will be marginalized without a supporting aerial attack.

USC

There are legitimate concerns in the trenches, both on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. Matt Kalil was the country’s best left tackle, providing flawless backside protection for Matt Barkley, but now he’s primping to become one of the first players selected in April’s NFL Draft. On defense, three starters must be replaced, namely All-Pac-12 DE Nick Perry, who gave up his last season of eligibility. Although the Trojans will still be talented on the first unit, depth is going to be a bigger than usual concern this season.

Utah

While the offense might be improved at the skill positions, the loss of both starting tackles, all-leaguers Tony Bergstrom and John Cullen, could be a stumbling block to success. The Utes weren’t especially effective at the point of attack as it was, so the departures of a couple of possible next-level performers will be doubly painful. Plus, QB Jordan Wynn has been an injury magnet throughout his career, a major concern for the staff. After he went down last October, backup Jon Hays proved to be a largely inconsistent replacement under center.

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