Nobody seems to care about defense in the Pac-12 anymore. It's all about the experienced quarterbacks, the up-and-coming crop of receivers and the powerful offensive lines at schools like Stanford and UCLA.
You'll see the occasional note about a pass breakup or tackle for loss during spring practice, but that's not what gets fans going anymore. Who had the most dazzling performance on offense? How much better is QB1 or RB1 than he was last season? And what's the 40-yard time of the guy returning punts?
All of those questions are hot topics, but you aren't going to win without getting stops. Believe or not, offenses still have to game-plan for opposing defenses; they don't just shred 'em without preparation.
Which defenses are the hardest to prepare for? And more specifically, which guys keep players like Brett Hundley, Marcus Mariota and Nelson Agholor up at night?
That's the subject of today's piece, which takes a look at the five scariest defenders in the Pac-12. Buckle up!
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