The Pac-10 is full of offensive firepower. Many Pac-10 greats have flourished in the pros and these guys are gonna be no exception.
One thing I did realize from doing this is that the Pac-10 lacks proven quarterback play.
These guys made my honarble mention...
Rob Gronkowski, Arizona, TE
Stafon Johnson, USC, RB
Lyle Moevao, Oregon State, QB
D'Andre Goodwin, Washington, WR
Ronald Johnson, USC, WR
Grigsby piled up 900 yards of offense as a freshman but really emerged as a big time player in his sophmore season posting 1,150 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also gave Arizona a running game it had lacked for such a long time.
Grigsby would be getting a ton of publicity if not for the likes of Jacquizz Rodgers, Jahvid Best, and LeGarrette Blount.
Grigsby's efforts this season helped lead the Wildcats to the Las Vegas bowl where they upset BYU. It was Arizona's first bowl appearance in ten years.
After a quiet freshman season, Gerhart's sophmore year started off great when he ran for 140 yards on 12 carries against San Jose State, but suffered a season ending ACL injury. Going into his junior season he was virtually an unknown.
Gerhart's bruising style of running gave the Beavers defense fits as he piled up 147 yards and 2 touchdowns in an upset win. Gerhart rumbled for 1,100 yards and 15 touchdowns which tied for 2nd best in the Pac-10.
Gerhart is a terrific athlete who also excels on the baseball diamond.
McKnight was once regarded as the next Reggie Bush to wear a Trojan jersey. McKnight is quite shifty and has excellent speed but he is no where close to Reggie Bush status.
McKnight is always a candidate to break a big one and excels in the passing, rushing and return game.
With only 5 career rushing touchdowns (in 2 years) McKnight is not an inside the twenties type of guy, he is yet to have a season of over 100 carries which most starting Pac-10 backs accomplish with a few games to go.
Playing at USC is great publicity, but also hits McKnight's playing time. He is ultra talented and one of the best, if the not the best return men in the conference.
Locker was a sub-par passer his freshman year (if that) as he threw 14 touchdowns and 15 picks. But locker made headlines with his legs as he ran for nearly 1,000 yards and he racked up 13 touchdowns.
As a sophmore Locker was preseason all Pac-10 pick but broke his thumb against Stanford in late September which cost him his season.
Even though Locker's 2008 number's were quite mediocre, he is a great athlete and with a new coach taking over Locker could build on the numberes he put up in 07 as a freshman.
Damian Williams emerged as a top target and is regarded as one of the best reciever prospects in the upcoming NFL draft. Williams was second in the Pac-10 in yards at 869. Williams also caught 9 touchdowns.
Williams put on a show against Penn State in the Rose Bowl where he caught 10 balls for 162 yards and a touchdown. He was seemingly open all day long.
His production might decrease with a new Trojan QB but he is still the top pass catcher in the Pac-10.
Masoli finished the season on a tear! In his last three games he averaged 276 yards in the air, 82 on the ground. Masoli also accounted for 14 total touchdowns in that span.
This was a great end to a season that started at as a diaster for Masoli which included 42 yard passing yards against UCLA (he did run for 170 though).
Masoli only threw 5 interceptions in 2008. He and Jake Locker are the Pac-10's only real dual-threat quarterbacks and it seems to work as they are the top signal callers in the conference.
Rodgers, generously listed at 5' 7", had a breakout freshman season rushing for over 500 yards and 2 touchdowns while averaging an eye-popping 11 yards per carry.
In 2008 Rodgers emerged as a recieving threat too. He caught 51 balls for 607 yards and 4 touchdowns while once again running for 400 yards and 4 touchdowns.
He also became a dangerous kickoff returner including a crucial return against Cal which helped gain momentum.
The Washington Huskies remember him quite well as he burned them for 110 yards on just 3 carries.
This talented 240-pound back is known as one of the top running back prospects in the upcoming 2010 NFL draft.
Although Blount is big, he has good quickness and speed creating huge headaches for defensive coordinators. He also is known for a few signature hurdles that most people his size can't accomplish.
After 2 years at Junior College, Blount enrolled with the Ducks and impressed many as he amassed 1002 yards on just 137 carries, he also had a Pac-10 leading 17 touchdowns.
Now with Jeremiah Johnson gone, Blount should assume a more featured role, look for him to put up even better numbers.
After his brother James sensational freshman season, expectations were high for Jacquizz. He exceeded these expectations by winning Pac-10 Player Of The Year, as well as taking home the National Freshman Of The Year award.
Rodgers stepped into the national spotlight with his 186-yard performance against the top ranked USC Trojan defense.
Rodgers is very small in stature at 5' 6", but weights nearly 200 pounds. He led Pac-10 in carries and was the yardage leader until he hurt his shoulder. Overall he ran for 1,250 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Rodgers did not start for the Beavers in the first 2 games. When Rodgers did start the Beavers only lost one game, which was a close battle against Utah, the nation's only undefeated team.
Best did not start as a freshman and only totaled 200 yards on the ground yet he showed terrific potential.
In his sophmore season, Best averaged 8.1 yards a carry which is incredibly rare for a lead back. He rumbled for 1,580 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Best is the most explosive back in the conference, in 6 of California's 13 games, Best broke at least one run of over 50 yards.
Best's combination of game-breaking speed and strength have him ranked as the top runningback prospect in the upcoming NFL draft.