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2010 Pac 10 Preview - Unit Rankings
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Arizona State CB Omar Bolden
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Posted Aug 11, 2010


2010 CollegeFootballNews.com Preview - Pac 10 Unit Rankings


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Pac 10 Unit Rankings


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Pac 10 Overall

Based on how good each team is and NOT the predicted finish

1. USC
2. Oregon
3. Oregon State
4. Stanford
5. Arizona
6. California
7. Washington
8. UCLA
9. Arizona State
10. Washington State

Offenses

1. Oregon
Does Chip Kelly’s system make the quarterbacks? Oregon sure hopes so now that dynamic dual-threat Jeremiah Masoli has been booted from the squad. His dismissal leaves the program searching for a successor out of determined senior Nate Costa and surging sophomore Darron Thomas. At least Masoli had the courtesy to implode before spring so both quarterbacks could get first team reps in April. As long as RB LaMichael James and the veteran fortress he runs behind are around, the ground game will again be among the nation’s most prolific. The passing game and overall production from behind center, however, could suffer. Neither Costa nor Thomas is expected to be as dangerous as Masoli the last two seasons, and beyond Jeff Maehl, the receivers are pedestrian. There’s no doubt the Ducks will put up points, but leading the Pac-10 in scoring for a third straight year has a new hurdle that has to be cleared when Costa and Thomas face off for Round 2 in August.

2. Oregon State
3. Stanford
4. Washington
5. USC
6. Arizona
7. California
8. UCLA
9. Arizona State
10. Washington State

Quarterbacks

1. Washington
Jake Locker didn’t pass on the riches of the NFL to be average this fall. He returned to Seattle to deliver one of the more memorable seasons for a quarterback in school history. And he’s more than capable of authoring something special, especially with the best supporting he’s had in four years. Much more than just a quarterback, Locker is a unique athlete, with the ability to take over games with his arm and his legs. Able to elevate the play of those around him, he’s an NFL-ready player who’ll spend the next few months competing against college defenses.

2. Stanford
3. USC
4. Arizona
5. California
6. Oregon State
7. Oregon
8. Arizona State
9. UCLA
10. Washington State

Running Backs

1. Oregon State
Quietly, this program never seems to have a problem developing elite players out of the backfield. Jacquizz Rodgers is clearly the next in line. After two seasons, he has established himself as one of America’s most exciting playmakers and a model of consistency. Jovan Stevenson is capable of surprising those people who believe this is a one-horse stable at Oregon State.

2. Oregon
3. California
4. Washington
5. USC
6. Arizona
7. Stanford
8. UCLA
9. Arizona State
10. Washington State

Receivers

1. Stanford
The Stanford receivers have come a long way since this time last season. Chris Owusu is explosive, Ryan Whalen plays the position like a pro, and the tight ends are deep and dangerous. They’ve also all had a full season playing with Andrew Luck, which will make for a very potent passing attack. In Owusu and Whalen, Stanford has a lot more than just last year’s returning starters. It’s got two all-star caliber performers, who complement each other well, are on the same page with the quarterback, and combined for 94 receptions for 1,608 yards, and nine touchdowns.

2. Oregon State
3. Washington
4. USC
5. Arizona
6. California
7. Oregon
8. UCLA
9. Washington State
10. Arizona State

Offensive Lines

1. Oregon
Go ahead and continue heaping praise on assistant Steve Greatwood, who once again did a fantastic job with this crew. Oregon has rebuilt on the fly up front and now boasts one of the nation’s sturdiest front walls. Even without a bona fide star, this unit proves that the whole is indeed greater than the sum of its parts. Chemistry is the most underrated aspect of an offensive line, and the Ducks are flush with it. Not only are all five starters back, but that group combined to miss just two starts throughout 2009, and Darrion Weems and Nick Cody also return. There’s a level of continuity here that few schools in America can match.

2. USC
3. Stanford
4. Arizona
5. Oregon State
6. California
7. Washington
8. UCLA
9. Arizona State
10. Washington State

Defenses

1. USC
What do you get when you combine coordinator Monte Kiffin with the kind of talent he was used to seeing in the NFL? A whole lot of interesting potential. The Trojans have the staff and they have the raw materials, so even without Pete Carroll and the entire secondary, they’ll still be plenty ornery in 2010. The key will be that defensive backfield, which is being completely retooled around CB Shareece Wright, a possible breakout star in his finale. Even without Everson Griffen, the front seven will be among the best in the Pac-10. Up front, Jurrell Casey, Nick Perry, and Armond Armstead have All-Pac-10 ceilings. And at linebacker, returning starters Chris Galippo, Michael Morgan, and Malcolm Smith are being joined by D-line import Devon Kennard, who could make waves here. USC will be a little more vulnerable than in the past, but it still harbors a ton of elite talent on defense. It’s going to be interesting to see how quickly the new staff can mold it.

2. Arizona State
3. Oregon
4. California
5. UCLA
6. Arizona
7. Oregon State
8. Stanford
9. Washington
10. Washington State

Defensive Lines

1. USC
The Trojans are in terrific shape up front, which will have a ripple effect that reaches the second and third levels of defense. There’s enough size and quickness to be a handful on a weekly basis. Don’t discount the importance of Ed Orgeron, one of the nation’s premier D-line coaches. The keys will be Nick Perry, who’ll have to ignite the pass rush, and at nose tackle, where a sure-thing starter won’t emerge until August. This could be USC’s deepest defensive line in years. There’s size, experience, and talent everywhere, which will help keep everyone fresh and the opposition gassed. It wouldn’t shock anyone if Perry, Jurrell Casey, and Armond Armstead all finished the season on the Pac-10 honor roll.

2. Arizona State
3. Oregon
4. Arizona
5. Stanford
6. California
7. Oregon State
8. UCLA
9. Washington
10. Washington State

Linebackers

1. USC
While the learning curve was a little steeper than anyone anticipated a year ago, the linebackers return a season older and with even more depth now that Devon Kennard has joined. Collectively, they’ve got enough athleticism to make a ton of big plays, blitzing the quarterback and defending the pass. Kennard’s role will be one of the most talked about defensive subjects throughout the summer. Unlike a year ago, when USC was in full rebuilding mode, this year’s edition welcomes back four players who started a bunch of games in 2009. Throw in Shane Horton, along with starters Chris Galippo, Malcolm Smith, and Michael Morgan, and USC has five fantastic playmakers.

2. Oregon
3. California
4. UCLA
5. Arizona State
6. Washington
7. Stanford
8. Oregon State
9. Arizona
10. Washington State

Secondaries

1. Arizona
Arizona has had a knack for adapting on the fly in the secondary, and this fall will be no different. Yes, a few new players need to step up, but the program has recruited well enough to handle the changes. With Trevin Wade supported by a nice mix of veterans and young athletes, the Wildcats will again harbor one of the league’s tighter pass defenses.

2. Arizona State
3. USC
4. Oregon State
5. UCLA
6. Oregon
7. California
8. Washington
9. Stanford
10. Washington State

Special Teams

1. UCLA
For a team looking to rebuild in so many phases, PK Kai Forbath and P Jeff Locke are undisputed luxuries. Forbath is, well, practically a lock whenever he lines for a field goal attempt, and Locke is just getting started as the next big thing in a Bruin punter. If returner Josh Smith can pick up where he left off in Boulder, this could be America’s best all-around special teams units.

2. Stanford
3. Arizona State
4. Arizona
5. Oregon State
6. Oregon
7. USC
8. California
9. Washington
10. Washington State

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