All-Pac 10 Hair Team
All this talk of expansion and networks got me to thinking, what is the thing that someone should put some focus on? Hair.
That's right, it's time to look ahead at the season to come and see who will be rocking the best 'do on the field.
Throw the stats and playing time out the window on this one. This is the Pac-10 team that focus not what happens on the field but what's under the helmet.
Quarterback: Nick Foles, Arizona
Nick Foles got the nickname "Sunshine" from his teammates thanks to his long golden locks.
Foles hair has the laid-back surfer look that Southern California "dudes" like so much, but he's from Texas.
Oregon QB Jeremiah Masoli would have been the winner if not for his suspension. ASU QB Samson Szakacsy was a close second.
Running Back: JacQuizz Rodgers, Oregon State
All-Pac 10 running back and potential Heisman candidate. That may have a lot of credentials with media and fans but it is not the reason why he's on this list.
Since coming to the Beaver, "Quizz" has started to let his hair grow out. Starting with mini-dreads, they are starting to sprout out the back of his helmet.
Who knows what they may look like should he stay for his senior season. He may even be able to be pulled down by them.
Fullback: Taimi Tutogi, Arizona
One thing fans may see a lot of on the goal line against Arizona is a bull of a man with a lion's mane plowing into the endzone.
That man would be Taimi Tutogi. Only a sophomore, he has some of the best hair-growing potential of anyone on this team.
Wide Receiver: Devin Aguilar, Washington
Look at those cornrows. Those are a thing of beauty.
The design work that was put in there was excellent and most likely a time consuming event. Now, is it Rip Hamilton's Goodyear Tire cornrows? Not by any means. Still it is very impressive to have for a team photo.
The best part about his hair is it is still long enough to hang out the back of his helmet.
Wide Receiver: Diante Jackson, Oregon
Diante Jackson is a junior college transfer who will be playing his first season with Oregon in 2010.
Many are expecting him to make an immediate impact on their receiving corps. He has already made an immediate impact in the hair department.
Dreadlocks that are dyed in his team colors. That is definitely going to make it on the list.
Look for the green and yellow haired one catching balls and taking reverses for the Ducks all fall.
Tight End: Spencer Ladner, Cal
If you dont think "Hey Bud, Let's Party" when looking at Spencer Ladner, then go rent Fast Times At Ridgemont High and see Sean Penn in his best performance to date.
Look at those blonde locks. That is what a toeheaded man with long hair is supposed to look like.
While he might be blocking and catching passes for the Golden Bears, he's able to do a hair flip that would make those girls in Herbal Essences commercials jealous.
Offensive Lineman: Khaled Holmes, USC
I think that this picture is priceless.
Anytime you can get a guy flipping his hair after throwing some water in there, do it. It always makes for a good photo.
Holmes can be seen in the trenches letting that fro pop out the back of his helmet.
Offensive Lineman: Conan Amituanai, Arizona
Conan Amituanai (try saying that three times fast) has had big hair ever since coming the Arizona.
Amituanai has grown his hair out since high school to honor his Polynesian roots.
Now, he is easily recognized as the offensive lineman with all the hair sticking out the back of the Blue "A".
Offensive Lineman: Andrew Roxas, Wazzu
Andrew Roxas (seen here sans helmet) has some long hair but this photo doesn't do it justice.
Roxas, a junior, is the feel good story on this team. He sat out last season after contracting viral hepatitis. He currently is making a good case for being the Cougars' starting center.
Offensive Lineman: Brian Schwenke, Cal
Now this dude has some long hair and isn't afraid to show it.
Brian Schwenke lets it all hang out, no ponytail, no putting his hair up in bun.
Offensive Lineman: Adam Tello, Arizona State
Adam Tello has a "picked this just enough so it stands up but still looks like it is natural look."
Under a helmet it might not stick out but we all now he's trying hard to get it there.
On a side note, he kind of looks like the guy from Hangin' With Mr. Cooper.
Defensive Lineman: Brooks Reed, Arizona
Brooks Reed may have some of the longest hair on this list, easily reaching halfway down his back.
He has been nicknamed by fans and writers as Thor for his resemblance to the mighty Norse God.
Defensive Lineman: Christian Tupou, USC
Christian Tupou may be at a disadvantage with his hair as an offensive lineman looks to grab whatever they can.
Tupou does have a healthy set of hair going on under his helmet, but I wonder how new coach Lane Kiffin feels about it?
Defensive Lineman: Lolomana Mikaele, Arizona
Arizona has a lot of players with long hair on their team and don't worry, there are more to come.
Lolomana Mikaele (which I can say five times fast) is a part of a current duo of long hairs who are scheduled to start at defensive tackle for the Wildcats, the other being Sione Tuihalamaka.
Mikaele gets the nod thanks to seniority.
Defensive Lineman: Ricky Elmore, Arizona
Ricky Elmore has had some of the more strange hairstyles in football history.
Now, he hasn't reached Dennis Rodman territory but they have definitely been talked about. He has dyed his hair half-black, half-blond and there is the cheetah dye job (pictured above), just to name a few.
He has asked fans on Facebook how he should style his hair for the upcoming season.
Linebacker: Jordan Campbell, USC
Campbell has quite the hair repertoire going on.
He can be seen rocking the long hair popping out the back of his helmet or has put his hair in corn rows that hang out the back of his helmet.
While his hair may be long the focus should be put on the John Randlesque eye black application.
Linebacker: Casey Matthews, Oregon
The little brother of another long-hair, Clay Matthews of the Green Bay Packers, is following in his family's footsteps.
Casey stands out on the football field for the Ducks and can be seen with his hair sticking out of his helmet as flies around the field.
Linebacker: Trent Murphy, Stanford
Ok so Trent Murphy doesn't have super long hair or some cool design but it's not like I wasn't going to put a guy who makes that his picture on the list.
The beard is what really makes the hair. The red headed combo is too much to ignore.
Defensive Back: Marcus Benjamin, Arizona
Marcus Benjamin has clearly put in some work on his hair.
He wants it to come out the back of his helmet and with the summer to grow it out it just may as he contends for a starting cornerback position with Arizona.
Defensive Back: Bryant Nnabuife, Cal
The pickings were slim at defensive back. Apparently they like to be clean cut.
Bryant Nnabuife looks as though he just started so I assume he is looking to grow these out really long. Like Bob Marley long.
Defensive Back: Adam Hall, Arizona
Adam Hall likes to wear a hair tie to keep his hair pulled back while playing.
Do you blame him? His hair would be all over the place and would at some point cover his eyes if not for the hair tie.
Defensive Back: Anthony Gildon, Oregon
Anthony Gildon has the hair that matches Oregon's uniforms.
The headband pullback is a good look and keeps with the color scheme of Oregon.
Special Teams: Christian Yount, UCLA Long Snapper
I think the headband is a solid touch by Mr. Yount.
Anytime that you hair can still flip out when wearing a headband that big, you have a solid mop on your head.
Did I miss anyone?
Feel free to leave suggestions in the comments as this list can be amended as new entries come to light.
(Plus I can only find three defensive backs and am looking for a fourth)