Pac-10 preview The Pac-10 is an all out war between 4 teams, USC, ASU, Oregon and UCLA. This year it appears to be the same, with ASU claiming the top spot last year. Oregon looks to retain it's top spot after winning the national title 2 years ago. USC returns a ton of talent to the squad and look to stay in the top 10 like they've been for the past 5 years. UCLA is always under the radar but a team you'd rather not face as they always field a track team. ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS ---ASU returns one of the best QB's in the nation in SR Dominic Lambert (99). His amazing arm leads him to be a top 3 pick in the NFL draft this year. He has his trusty sidekick back in JR-RB Tramon Atkins (89) and the move to start him has proved bid dividends for ASU. He only rushed for 2100 yards, 32TD's to go along with 1049 yards receiving and 11 receiving TD's. Yes, Atkins won the heisman last year and returns to win it again! Look out for SO-RB Clint Rogers (78), a 96 speed 6'4" behemoth who should figure into the offense more this year. SR-WR Daniel Love (84) should be the #1 option in the passing game like last year (84 rec, 1344yds, 15TD's). ASU will start FR-WR Martel Ham (70), a 6'5" WR with 97 speed. He's raw as a WR but his speed and size will make him a threat based on that. JR-TE Brandon Singletary is 6'5", 255lbs and 87 speed. ASU is a bunch of mutated freaks it seems don't it? Defensively, ASU is led by JR-RE Lance Wright (92), who had 23 sacks last year in his breakout season. ASU seems to roll out these sack artists every year and this isn't no different. Their LB's are solid with impact SR-LOLB Steve Thomas (89) leading the charge with SR-MLB Wes Flanagan (86) and JR-ROLB Michael Reese (85) manning the other two LB positions. Their CB's are stellar with JR-CB Cole Smith (90), a 98 speed CB who can keep up with anyone in the nation, he is an elite athlete. Playing alongside Smith is JR Tyrone Brown (87), who had 107 tackles, which leds me to believe he's always around the ball. OK ENOUGH BOASTING.... ---ASU has quite a few question marks on both sides of the ball. The center position is a converted LT, who is only rated 71 overall. Defensively, they'll need SR-RE Orlando Washington (88) to step up to be a solid rusher alongside Lance Wright or else Wright will see a ton of double teams. ASU's DT's are relatively weak, with JR Marlon White (77) being the strongest DT with 81 strength. Their starting LB's are all under 82 speed, so they are not the fastest LB's out there, which could spell trouble trying to contain the speedy backs of the Pac-10. STRENGTHS- Star QB, Star RB, Speedy WR's, speedy CB's WEAKNESSES- Center, DT, Slow LB's USC TROJANS ---USC needs to make it's move now. Their have two good senior QB's right now, with Thomas Kemp (94) getting the nod as the starter. He's pretty fast (79), making him a threat to run as well. SO-RB Patrick Gordon (84) will assume the starting duties after Brian Stallings left the program. SO-WR Tyree Browning (90) simply was a manchild and the #1 option in the passing game last year with 94 rec, 2115yds and 27TD's. Being that he's the only option, he should see a ton of coverage his way but he does have 93 jump, a staple needed for the Trojan offense. SO-TE Fred King (80) will be the likely #2 threat for Kemp with a 6'5" frame and 87 speed to boot. USC boasts an even better pass rusher than ASU's Lance Wright and that's SR-LE Leon Weldon (89). Weldon has 89 speed and that alone gave him an astounishing 32 sacks last season. Behind Weldon is Brian Holt (80) an end with 88 speed so the trend shall continue it seems and it wouldn't surprise me to see Holt starting opposite of Weldon by season's end. Even SR-DT Jeremy Fuller (98) got into the act with 9 sacks last year. This front 4 is simply amazing at stopping the run and getting major pressure. The speedy Trojans are loaded at LB, with impact player SR-LOLB Mike Rose (99) leading the charge and he's fast (90). SR-MLB Jarrod Crowder (96) will be a manchild in the middle we suspect especially that he stands 6'2", 256lbs. SO-ROLB Vincent Duren (92) is no slouch and he may become the best LB out of the bunch when their respective careers are over. The captain is the quiet but effective SR-CB Michael Rollins (95), a 6'2" CB with solid speed but his best attribute is his awareness (99). He's a definite shutdown CB. We finally end with impact safet SR Darrell Oliver (99) who had 105 tackles and 3INT's last year. Simply put, this defense is loaded. OK ENOUGH BOASTING.... USC lack of depth in some areas is alarming. At RB, aside from Gordon, there's a ton of slow RB's which if Gordon gets hurt, could reduce USC to heavy passing team. Browning is the lone WR threat on the team. The other WR's are more possession type who are all unproven and have question marks. Their offensive line is relatively subpar aside from LT. They are starting a ton of freshman and sophomores on the OL. STRENGTHS- Speedy DE's, LB's, Safeties, Gamebreaking WR WEAKNESSES- Offensive line, depth at RB, depth at WR UCLA BRUINS ---The Bruins will be going back to the days of Chris Forcier it seems, except it's with a new QB at the helm. Michael Roberts (79) is faster than Forcier (93) so expect a ton of running from the Bruins this year. Roberts arm won't be a question but his feet will be. The option offense should suit this UCLA team very well, with JR-RB Emmanuel Nicholas (87) as the top RB and his 99 speed. Even guys like SR-RB Rory Ware (93) and JR-RB Julian Foster (89) figure to get carries in this offense. The WR's are all fast but they'll be asked to be more with their YAC and not for their downfield route running. Guys like JR-WR David Scott (87) and SO-WR Chad Grevious (84) will be the main cogs in this offense with their 98 speed each. The offensive line is suited well for the run game as well, as all their guys are top tier run blockers. Captain, SR-DT Vincent Mosley (94) is the man beast in this defense with his 95 strength and 6'6" frame. He'll make way for his LB's to come in and put pressure on opposing QB's, especially for guys like JR-LOLB Chris Mendoza (91), a 92 speed LB who should see his sack numbers jump or for JR-MLB Will Davis (88), a smallish type LB who has good speed (87). In the secondary, you have to watch out for SR-CB Larry Latimer (96) a speedy shutdown impact CB who had 7 INT's last year. JR-CB Ryan Sullivan (81) may draw the speediest WR's in the nation as he posted a 4.20 when he came into UCLA a few years ago. Even SO-CB Steve Smith (86) is a damn good nickel back who will hold down slot WR's. What's most impressive about the secondary though is JR-SS Jordan Downs (91), a 99 speed SS which is unheard of. Last year he had 128 tackles, 20 for loss, 6 sacks and an INT. He's a run stopping machine. OK ENOUGH BOASTING... It's pretty much to be said that UCLA will become more run oriented with a speedy QB and RB's. Their QB is no threat to pass with 82thp and 83tha. Opposing defenses will likely try to keep everything in front of them as Roberts can't outthrow defenses outside of 25 yards. JR-RE Bob Taylor (81) is slow and not strong and being that he's 6'3", 233lbs, he maybe pushed around and a likely target for opposing offenses to go after. STRENGTHS- Speedy QB, Speedy RB's, Speedy WR's, Speedy secondary WEAKNESSES- Passing game, LE OREGON DUCKS ---The Ducks finished 4th in the conference despite being 11-2 and being ranked #6 in the nation. That's the nature of the beast. Star QB, JR Cory Crowder (93) returns after his best statistical year to date (5045yds, 57TD's). JR-RB Gerald Goodman (92) hopes to stay healthy this year but now SO-RB Justin Harrell (85) did a good job in his absence last year and provides a very capable backup. At WR, their two starters return in speedy SO Ken Burton (78) and SR Alonzo Landry (88), a big possession type WR. JR-TE Brad Wilson (90) had a great year last year with 781 yards and 6TD's and he looks to repeat that performance. The offensive line returns 4 of it's 5 starters with FR-RG Marvin Henderson (75) getting the nod at RG. Defensively, the Ducks are led by their strong safety play and while they did lose their two best last year, they'll start highly recruited FR-FS Robert Cunningham (87) and SO-SS Kevin Bowling (80), giving Oregon their fastest safeties yet. The secondary boasts a ton of speed with impact SR-CB Jerry Richard (97) back for his final year as he looks to improve on his 7INT effort last year. He'll have FR Mike Taylor (79) playing alongside him and they both have 97 speed, making them able to cover any and everybody. The LB corps is led by SR-MLB Danny Moses (79), who with his 91 speed, showed last year in limited time he's a big time player (65 tackles, 14 FL, 4 sacks). He'll be surrounded by SO-ROLB Richard Garrett (86) and JR-LOLB Eric Sanni (86). The defensive line will be featured by JR-DT Justin Mitchell (86), the man expected to get huge push up the middle in the 3-3-5.