As spring practice gets underway, keep an eye on these 10 players in the Pac-12.
March 10, 2017
1 of 10Robert Beck
Sam Darnold, USC QB
Darnold has assumed the mantle of the QB to watch in L.A. after passing for 3,086 yards with 31 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 2016.
2 of 10Robert Johnson/Icon Sportswire/Getty Images
Cody O'Connell, Washington State OG
The All-America honoree is one of the top returning linemen in the entire country. He help the Cougars develop an effective rushing attack last season.
3 of 10Kevin D. Liles
Jake Browning, Washington QB
Browning built on his promising freshman season to lead the Huskies to the Pac-12 title and the College Football Playoff last season. He threw for 3,430 yards with 43 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
4 of 10Steve Conner/Icon Sportswire/Getty Images
Royce Freeman, Oregon RB
The upside of a dismal 4–8 season for the Ducks was that it helped convince Freeman to return to Eugene for another year. The back is averaging 5.9 yards per carry in his career.
5 of 10Sam Craft/AP
Josh Rosen, UCLA QB
Rosen arrived at UCLA with great hype, and while he hasn't disappointed, neither has he transformed the program. After a shoulder injury cut short his 2016 season, he'll look to get back on track in what will likely be his final year with the Bruins.
6 of 10 Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
Phillip Lindsay, Colorado RB
Lindsay's surprising success was key to the Buffaloes' stunning breakthrough last season as he powered the offense with 1,252 yards and 17 total touchdowns.
7 of 10Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
Quenton Meeks, Stanford CB
Meeks steps into a leadership role on the Cardinal defense after developing into a shutdown cornerback.
8 of 10Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire/AP
Iman Marshall, USC CB
Adoree' Jackson may have made more highlights, but Marshall was arguably the better cover corner for the Trojans. He steps into the limelight this year.
9 of 10John W. McDonough
Azeem Victor, Washington LB
A leg injury ended Victor's season in early November, yet he still earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors. He'll be ready to go for the Huskies' spring practices.
10 of 10Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images
Mitch Wishnowsky, Utah P
A Utah punter has won the Ray Guy Award for three straight seasons, including Wishnowsky's win last year. He'd like to make it four in a row in 2017.
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