2012 Pac-12 South Pre-Spring Preview
Arizona State RB Cameron Marshall
Arizona State RB Cameron Marshall
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Posted Feb 12, 2012


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

2012 Pre-Spring Preview   

Why To Be Excited - 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

Last season, the Wildcats rebuilt along the offensive line. Next year, they reload. In 2011, Arizona was forced to employ five new starters up front, and the makeshift unit had a predictable amount of struggles. However, all five blockers now return as a more cohesive unit that’ll be headed by honorable mention All-Pac-12 C Kyle Quinn. Plus, the 6-8 tackles, Mickey Baucus and Fabbians Ebbele, were just redshirt freshmen in 2011, and are bound to be more competent in their second turn in the saddle.

Arizona State

Whoever takes over at quarterback will be aided by a solid supporting cast at the skill positions. Yes, there were departures, but Cameron Marshall has 1,000-yard potential, and WR Jamal Miles is a bona fide gamebreaker whenever the ball is in his hands. As an added bonus, RB Deantre Lewis is ready to return after missing all of 2012 following a random shooting, and recent signee Marion Grice is an instant-impact JUCO back. If WR Rashad Ross can build on his late-season spurt, the Sun Devils might not slide as much as many are predicting.

Colorado

Second-year head coach Jon Embree used a ton of young players in 2011, who don’t figure to be so wide-eyed this fall. Plus, everyone is going to be helped by the added experience with a staff and a system that are no longer so unfamiliar. The Buffaloes have high hopes for WR Paul Richardson, LT David Baktiari, RB Tony Jones and CB Greg Henderson, who all played key roles as underclassmen in 2011. Plus, standout LB Doug Rippy is set to return from a knee injury, joining Jon Major to give Colorado a terrific corps of linebackers.

UCLA

With the arrival of Jim L. Mora as the head coach comes a renewed sense of hope, a businesslike approach and a terrific first recruiting class to Westwood. It’s cautious, but there’s a welcome sense of optimism surrounding the Bruins as spring approaches. The new staff inherits a ton of letterwinners from both sides of the ball, an intriguing blend of experience and underclassmen. Senior RB Johnathan Franklin will be the face of the offense, while a cadre of returners will compete for honors on D. The line gets a lift from 2009 starter Xavier Su'A-Filo, who’s back from a church mission.

USC

Matt Barkley chose a legacy over a fat payday. When No. 7 decided to return for his senior year, the Trojans instantly became one of the favorites to compete for the National Championship in 2012. With Stanford’s Andrew Luck gone, Barkley is suddenly the best hurler in the country—let alone the Pac-12—and his receivers are a phenomenal collection of athletic wideouts and tight ends. There are returning starters everywhere, including on defense and special teams, and fewer serious holes on the depth chart than just about any program in college football.

Utah

Now in their second season in the Pac-12, the Utes will be a lot more familiar with their surroundings and their competition. And they’ll be more experienced, getting back QB Jordan Wynn, who missed more than half of the year with a shoulder injury. He’ll provide a nice complement to second-team All-Pac-12 RB John White, the 1,519-yard rusher in his debut out of junior college. Whereas Utah was a one-note attack in 2011, a healthy Wynn plus a healthier DeVonte Christopher at wide receiver will create a new set of headaches for opposing defenses.

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