Inside the Pac-12

April 2, 2010 7:00 PM

Inexperience At The QB Position Will Be Costly

pac10-08-mast-left.jpgNext season the Pac Ten will feature some of the best QB's in the country. Washington has Jake Locker who might be the first pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. The conference also has very good Sophomore QB's in Andrew Luck (Stanford) and Matt Barkley (USC). In 2009 Barkley threw for 2,735 yards and Luck threw for 2,575 yards. Arizona Wildcat QB Nick Foles will be the Pac Ten's leading returning QB in completion percentage in 2010. In 2009 Foles completed 64.2% of his passes. Heading into the 2010 season the best teams in the conference will be Washington, USC, Arizona, Stanford and UCLA. Those teams should be in the top half of the Pac Ten, because of the talent they have at the QB position.

Teams that will be in trouble for the 2010 season are Oregon and Oregon State. In one off-season the Ducks went from Pac Ten favorites to the middle of the pack when star QB Jeremiah Masoli was suspended for the 2010 season. Last year Masoli lead Oregon to the Rose Bowl and he would have been one of the leading candidates for the Heisman Trophy. Now the Ducks will have to find a QB to replace Masoli's production. Chip Kelly might be able to find a QB that is a better passer than Masoli, but Kelly will not find a better running QB than Jeremiah. The Beavers have to replace Sean Canfield. Canfield passed for 3,271 yards and 21 TD's. Oregon State still has Jacquizz and James Rodgers and returns the 3rd best defense in the Pac Ten against the run. The lack of an experienced QB will prevent the Beavers from competing for the Pac Ten Title in 2010. It will be difficult for California to be competitive in the Pac Ten if Kevin Riley's production does not improve a lot from the 2009 season. In 2010 the Pac Ten Conference will be a QB driven league.

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