The 12 Best Freshmen in the Pac-12

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The 12 Best Freshmen in the Pac-12
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According to 247Sports, four Pac-12 teams—UCLA, USC, Washington and Oregon—brought in top-20 recruiting classes this season, more than any other non-SEC conference in the nation.

That means that, once again, 2013 could be a year of the freshman out West.

Just last year, freshman quarterbacks ran rampant through the conference, including Oregon's Marcus Mariota, who was named to the Pac-12's first team. He was flanked by the likes of UCLA's Brett Hundley, who won the Pac-12 South in his first season, and Stanford's Kevin Hogan, who beat Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl.

Freshman domination extended past just the signal-callers, though. UCLA's Jake Brendel, Oregon's Tyler Johnstone and USC's Leonard Williams were all named to the FWAA's Freshman All-American team, giving the Pac-12 three of the best young linemen in America.

It's hard to say with confidence which Pac-12 freshman will accomplish what this season. The sport of college football is too fickle, the transition from high school to FBS far too intense.

But with so much talent coming in, it's hard to imagine a world within which this class disappoints. 

 

All Rankings via the 247Sports Composite

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