College Fantasy Football: Pac-12 Pre-Spring Questions
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Here are some key college fantasy football questions to ponder as the Pac-12 embarks on spring ball.
The Wildcats must replace their entire offensive line, which is never a great thing. How well can this unit gel in the spring?
There's been some rumors swirling that the 'Cats will throw the ball around more often this fall. Spring should give us a sneak peek of just how much they plan to wing it. The QB-WR combination of Nick Foles to Juron Criner is a great piece to build around.
Is it time for the Brock Osweiler era to begin in Tempe? The 6’8" Osweiler looked solid late last year and looks to have a leg-up on Steven Threet for the starting gig. A big spring could go a long way in determining the success of the big guy.
There are a couple of truths in life: death, taxes and a stud Cal RB! For the first time in years, there is a ton of uncertainty in the Bears backfield. The early leader is probably Isi Sofele, but he is a smaller back and there are questions regarding his ability to hold up under a big workload. He will be challenged by Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson, Dasarte Yarnway and Trajuan Biggs. JUCO transfer C.J. Anderson and true-frosh Brendon Bigelow could also find themselves in the mix. It will be interesting to see if one emerges from spring as the lead Bear.
Is the QB job Brock Mansion's to lose? Not so fast, my friend. He will be pushed hard by Buffalo transfer Zach Maynard, Austin Hinder, Allan Bridgford and Beau Sweeney. Interesting nugget: star wide receiver Keenan Allen is Maynard's half-brother.
How will the Ducks replace starting wideouts Jeff Maehl and D.J. Davis? The list of possible replacements includes Lavasier Tuinei, Josh Huff and some younger guys with blinding speed. One name to watch is freshman Devon Blackmon, who could see time early in Eugene. Another is Rahsaan Vaughn, a highly-touted JUCO transfer.
After three very productive seasons, Jacquizz Rodgers has moved on to the NFL. Do the Beavers have anyone ready to step up and fill his shoes? The primary candidates are Ryan McCants (remember him?), Jovan Stevenson and Jordan Jenkins. True freshman Storm Woods and Malcolm Agnew could also get a look. Coach Riley usually likes to ride one guy and lets just hope that trend continues this year.
The other huge question is the health of James Rogers. He is recovering from a knee injury and was granted another year of eligibility from the NCAA. He is unlikely to participate in spring ball. Can he return to form in time for the season?
How will the loss of Jim Harbaugh affect the Cardinals as a whole? Will their hard-nose scheme change at all? All-everything QB Andrew Luck returns, but he loses his top two receivers from 2010 and will need Chris Owusu to stay healthy.
Will the Bruins ever have a productive fantasy QB again? Is anyone on the current roster capable of producing any kind of numbers? Kevin Prince is coming off an injured knee and Richard Brehaut might not be the answer either. The lone bright spot just might be incoming freshman, Brett Hundley.
Will we finally get a feature back out of the Trojans? Marc Tyler showed flashes last fall, but wasn't able to assert himself and become the main man. We keep hearing how special Dillon Baxter is, but his 4.3 yards per carry in 2010 was anything but "special".
The Utes must replace their top-three rushers from 2010 and will look to establish a pecking order this spring. They bring in two top recruits in Harvey Langi and John White IV, who will both participate in spring practice. There is a strong possibility that both see the field often this fall.
The Huskies will need to replace the face of their program in Jake Locker. The competition for the starting quarterback gig will pit Keith Price versus Nick Montana. Should be an interesting battle to watch this spring.
Todd DeVries is the founder of CollegeFootballGeek.com, the nation's foremost authority on college fantasy football. Prolific and deadly accurate.
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