Last season the Pac-10 was full of breakout players. Jacquizz Rodgers, Jahvid Best, LeGarrette Blount, and Jeremiah Masoli were unproven commodities. Each had a stellar 08 campaign and they are now known as the Pac-10's best.
The Pac-10 conference is full of talent and many players are just waiting to break out.
The Pac-10 has a strong supply of running backs, but most teams are breaking in a new quarterback, or have receivers making their first starts.
These five players will need to step up to help their team find success in 2009.
Goodwin has already broken out. He finished 8th in the Pac-10 in receiving yards as a sophomore. Goodwin caught 60 balls for 692 yards but only one touchdown.
Heading into his Junior season, Goodwin returns as the Pac-10's second best pass catcher, only to USC's talented wideout Damian Williams.
What makes Goodwin a breakout candidate this year is the return of last year's preseason All Pac-10 quarterback Jake Locker. Locker broke his thumb in Washington's fourth game and missed the entire season. Ronnie Fouch took over and had trouble, only throwing four touchdown passes.
Locker threw for fourteen touchdowns as a freshman, so Goodwin should have more chances at yards and touchdowns. In Locker's four games in 08, Goodwin was his favorite target totaling 27 catches and averaging 78 yards receiving per game.
After Locker was hurt, Goodwin's yards per game average dropped to 57.
Ramirez is a risky pick here for two reasons: he was academically ineligible for the 2008 season, and UCLA has five other candidates to start at tailback.
But the coaches love the Junior's combination of size, speed and power. Ramirez is 6' 2", weights in at about 215 and has a terrific all-around game. In 2007, he averaged 5.2 yards per carry.
Besides his running skills, Ramierez can catch the ball, and help with pass protection. He is as complete a back as there is in the conference.
After head coach Rick Neuheisel's first season was disastrous on the offensive side of the ball, a revamped offensive line and improved quarterback play should help Ramirez find holes and run for big yardage.
Catchings had a terrific freshman season hauling in 33 balls for 386 yards and a touchdown.
But he took a step backward as a sophomore only catching seven passes.
Now the Junior to be gets another chance at glory. He replaces Sammie Stroughter, who led the Pac-10 in receiving yards by a landslide in 08. Catchings is a similar build to Stroughter, except Catchings is taller and has the ability to go up make catches. Stroughter obviously was better, but Catchings has the potential to succeed.
In the Beavers two spring scrimmages, Catchings caught 13 balls for 423 yards and four touchdowns. He also developed a strong relationship with Beaver quarterback Sean Canfield.
If Catchings can breakout and become a steady receiving option, he, the Rodgers brothers, and solid senior quarterback play would give the Beavs a potent offensive attack.
Scott is a highly recruited dual-threat quarterback. After playing in mop up duty as a freshman, Scott has a chance to start for the Wildcats. Scott will have to beat out Michigan State transfer Nick Foles, who is more of a typical drop back passer.
Scott only threw a few passes in 2008, but showed off his quickness and running ability rushing for 188 yards on just 23 carries. Which for those that decline to do the math, is 8.2 yards a pop.
Scott was a four star recruit coming out of high school and received interest from Oregon, Michigan and California.
Arizona boasts the Pac-10's top tight end, as well as two talented backs. If Scott can win the job and learn quickly, he has the weapons surrounding him to put up big numbers.
The list goes on and on, Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, John David Booty, Mark Sanchez, and...Aaron Corp.
Corp's first challenge is winning the starting job. He is competing with talented freshman Matt Barkley, and Arkansas transfer Mitch Mustain.
If Corp wins the job, he will be in line to be the next great USC quarterback.
Corp is in the right spot to flourish. His receivers are among the nations best, his offensive line is full of NFL future draft picks, and USC has a plethora of elusive backs.
Corp will have to face many rowdy crowds as the Trojans have a handful of big time matchups on their 2009 schedule.
Pete Carroll prepares his entire team well, but especially his quarterbacks. Corp should be ready to make an impact the moment he steps onto the field.
The Trojans do have a tough schedule, and Corp may suffer a few growing pains, but he should post big numbers with the talent surrounding him.