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2012 Pac-12 Pre-Spring Preview
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Posted Feb 12, 2012


2012 Pac-12 North Pre-Spring Preview - Why Every Pac-12 North Team Should Be Happy

2012 Pre-Spring Preview   

Why To Be Excited - 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

There’s hope for an offense that’ll be welcoming back its starting quarterback, senior Zach Maynard, 1,000-yard rusher Isi Sofele and future NFL receiver Keenan Allen. Maynard has work to do, but did improve as 2011 unfolded, cutting down on forced throws. Sofele traversed from ace reserve to improbable workhorse last fall, rushing for 1,322 yards and 10 touchdowns. Allen is one of the most dynamic receivers in America, even if few outside of the Pac-12 are familiar with his exploits or his ability to take over a game from the outside.

Oregon

Chip Kelly is still in Eugene after turning down an offer from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in January. It’s becoming obvious that as long as Kelly is on the sidelines in Eugene, the Ducks will have a chance to be very special, especially on offense. Even after losing QB Darron Thomas and RB LaMichael James to the NFL Draft, the program is confident that the backfield of QB Bryan Bennett, who impressed last fall, and backs Kenjon Barner and De’Anthony Thomas will help ensure that there’s no letting off the gas pedal.

Oregon State

The Beavers can’t possibly suffer as many injuries as they had a year ago. The upshot of all of those lost players is that they’re all expected back this fall, providing the program with an infusion of veteran talent. Three tackles, Michael Philipp and Darryl Jackson on offense, and Castro Masaniai on defense, figure to be in the 2012 rotation. RB Malcolm Agnew led the team in rushing despite missing most of his first year with a nagging injury. After throwing for 3,328 yards as a rookie, Sean Mannion is the undisputed quarterback of the future in Corvallis.

Stanford

The Cardinal could boast the best collection of linebackers in the Pac-12. The status of Shayne Skov, who was arrested for a DUI earlier in the month, remains a wild card, but with or without the former all-star, the second level will be littered with talent. Chase Thomas could have gone to the NFL, but decided to return to the Farm instead, and the best is still ahead for Trent Murphy, A.J. Tarpley and Jarek Lancaster. If Skov can get past his legal issues and last season’s knee injury, Stanford’s linebackers will be dynamite in the fall.

Washington

Head coach Steve Sarkisian has steadily upgraded the overall talent level since arriving on Montlake. There’s a particular amount of excitement surrounding junior-to-be QB Keith Price, who was a revelation when he was healthy in his debut as Jake Locker’s successor. In what the program cautiously hopes is a harbinger of things to come, he accounted for seven touchdowns in Washington’s Alamo Bowl loss to Baylor. He’ll be supported by stars at the skill positions, such as RB Jesse Callier, WR Kasen Williams and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

Washington State

The Cougars have hired their best coach since Mike Price was on the Palouse a decade ago. Mike Leach is more than just a proven winner. He’s a magnetic personality who’s going to boost interest in the program among fans and recruits. The inventive offensive guru inherits a team whose strength is at quarterback and wide receiver. Both Jeff Tuel and Connor Halliday are back behind center, and Marquess Wilson is one of the most underrated receivers in America. With the emergence of another set of hands or two, Wazzu is going to unleash a potent aerial attack on the rest of the Pac-12.

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