QB: Marcus Mariota (6-4,210) Oregon. Heisman and AA candidate, Mariota, threw for 3665 yards and 31 TDs with only 4 INTs. He also ran for 715 yards and 9 TDs. Mariota is back for his junior year and no doubt his last as a Duck. Most any NFL team would be fortunate to gain his services.
QB: Brett Hundley (6-3,225) UCLA. Possibly also a Heisman candidate. Hundley had a super year in 2013 throwing for 3071 yards and 24 TDs and running for 748 more yards and 11 more TDs. What may be even more amazing is he did this playing behind a mostly freshmen offensive line. Hundley is ready to have an even bigger 2014.
RB: Byron Marshall (5-10,210) Oregon. Marshall ran for a 1038 yards at 6.18 yards per carry which led to 14 TDs. Additionally, he snagged 13 passes.Oregon needs to get that run game rolling to take pressure off of Heisman candidate Mariota and let him do his thing.
RB: Javorius Allen (6-1,215) USC. The Trojans had a lot of injury problems last season at RB and Javorius “Buck” Allen came through at the of the season and that should carry over into 2014. Allen had 774 yards rushing and 14 TDs. Pac 12 conference is getting tougher but look for USC to return to prominence if they can compete with Stanford.
WR: Jaelen Strong (6-4,205) Arizona State. Strong is an excellent receiver from Philadelphia that had 75 receptions for 1122 yards and 7 TDs in 2013. He will be a junior in 2014 and I would not be surprised at all if he declares for the NFL draft.
WR: Ty Montgomery (6-2,215) Stanford. Big, strong and talented Wide Receiver.Montgomery had 61 catches for 958 yards and 10 TDs. He is definitely a big play guy with his 30.31 average on kick off returns and 2 TDs. He is much bigger than the standard KO return guy.
WR: Bralon Addison (5-10,180) Oregon. Josh Huff was Oregon’s leading receiver last season but Addison was a close second. He caught 61 passes for 890 yards and 7 TDs. Addison is also a good punt returner and scored 2 more TDs on returns.
TE: Connor Hamlet (6-7,265) Oregon State. Huge Tight End for the Beavers hauled in 40 passes for 364 yards and 5 TDs.
OT: Mickey Baucus (6-8,305) Arizona. Super tall tackle that is athletic for his height. 4 year starter at Left Tackle
OT: Andrus Peat (6-7,315) Stanford. Former 5 star recruit out of Chandler, Arizona. One of the top offensive tackles in the nation if not the very best. More than likely will be a top pick in the 2015 NFL draft.
OG: Hamani Stevens (6-3,315) Oregon. Super athletic for a big man, has great feet. Oregon has a really good offensive line returning and Stevens and Grasu are it’s leaders.
OG: Jamil Douglas (6-4,300) Arizona State. Made all conference a year ago and is back for more. Talented and athletic Offensive Guard. The Sun Devils had a great offense a year ago and their offensive line is where it all started.
C: Hroniss Grasu (6-3,300) Oregon. It’s between Grasu and Auburn’s Reese Dismukes for the country’s top center. Grasu is obviously excellent. He possesses enough quickness and athletic ability to pull from his center position. One of the best out there.
DE: Hau’oli Kikaha (6-3,250) Washington. This defensive end is an absolute beast. He had 70 tackles and 13 sacks. Throw in 15.5 tackles for losses and 3 passes broken up and 3 fumbles forces, and you have one of the better defensive linemen in the nation.
DE:Leonard Williams (6-5,290) USC. Plays the end in the 3-4 defense. Had 73 tackles with 12.5 of those being for a loss. He also had 5 sacks and 4 QB hurries.
DT: Danny Shelton (6-1,330) Washington. Immovable object in the middle. 59 tackles with 3.5 of those being for losses and 2 sacks. He is relentless in his attack and movement to the ball.
DT: Eddie Vanderdoes (6-4,305) UCLA. Super sophomore was considered the top DT prospect in the country last year. He had 37 tackles with 4.5 of those going for losses. He also forced a fumble and recovered another. Future is bright for UCLA and for Vanderdoes.
OLB: Addison Gillam (6-3,225) Colorado. One of those situations where a player is one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dismal situation. Gillam had 107 total tackles with 9.5 being for losses and he had 3 sacks. Colorado used to be a powerhouse and maybe they will get back there some day.
OLB: Derrick Malone (6-2,215) Oregon. Tough OLB that racked up 105 tackles a year ago with 2.5 for losses. Also sacked the QB twice and picked them off twice as well with one going back for a TD. Will be a senior.
ILB: Myles Jack (6-1,225) UCLA. Jack was the Pac 12 Freshman of the year on both sides of the ball. Should be able to focus on defense this season where he had 76 tackles and 2 interceptions. He took one of them to the end zone last year and has that ability. In case he is needed on offense, he had 267 yards rushing and 7 TDs. Very athletic LB.
CB: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (5-10,185) Oregon. One of the top corners in college football. He had 84 tackles and 5 of those for loss. He intercepted 3 passes and broke up 6 more. The Ducks are lucky he came back for his senior season.
CB: Alex Carter (6-0,205) Stanford. Carter will be a junior and has pretty much started from day one. Totaled 58 tackles and 8 passes broken up plus 1 interception. Stanford will have another good secondary and Carter is one of it’s best. He has really good size and strength for a corner.
S: Jordan Richards (5-11,210) Stanford. Like Carter, Richards is a bigger and stronger defensive back than most. He’s a play maker from his strong safety position. He had 68 total tackles with 4 of those for loss, plus he picked off 3 passes and returned 1 of them for a score. Even without their heart and soul, Shane Skov, The Cardinal defense should be salty.
S: Josh Shaw (6-1,195) USC. Productive safety for the Trojans. Shaw scored a TD on a run back from one of his 4 interceptions. On top of that, he had 67 tackles and 7 passes broken up. He was in the opponents backfield a few times as he had 5.5 tackles for losses.