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Rivals.com – Pac-12 Highlight: Place battles to observe
April 8, 2021
Place battles in spring soccer are at all times of curiosity to followers. Right here’s a have a look at six key place battles within the Pac-12.
1. USC WIDE RECEIVER
The Trojans misplaced two extremely productive receivers in Amon-Ra St. Brown and Tyler Vaughns to the NFL, however the USC pass-catching manufacturing facility ought to have little bother filling within the gaps left by the previous five-stars.
Drake London is a lock at one of many three beginning spots in Graham Harrell‘s offense, as he returns having lead the workforce with 33 catches for 502 yards from the slot within the truncated 2020 season. Bru McCoy can have the primary crack to be on the prime of the depth chart on one exterior spot, with John Jackson and Colorado switch Okay.D. Nixon battling for the spot throughout from the previous five-star recruit.
Latest switch Tahj Washington from Memphis is productive as properly and will push within the slot and Gary Bryant is as dynamic after the catch as any receiver on the roster.
With the considerably shocking switch of beginning quarterback Tyler Shough to Texas Tech, the Geese enter 2021 because the favorites within the Pac-12 regardless of having an enormous query mark behind heart.
True freshman Ty Thompson has quite a lot of buzz round him as he enters as an early enrollee and will get a good shake to start out in his first 12 months on campus. However he can have competitors from two redshirt freshmen in former four-star Jay Butterfield and three-star Robby Ashford, each of whom didn’t see the sphere in 2020 however gained invaluable expertise behind the scenes.
And the returning chief for the job is Anthony Brown who might flourish within the offense and is preventing off the competitors.
The Cardinal lose each beginning tackles from their 2020 workforce, as Walker Little and Foster Sarell have left for the draft, so the bookends in Mike Bloomgren‘s offense are each open for competitors this spring.
Former 2020 five-star Myles Hinton, who noticed reps as a real freshman within the fall, ought to have the within observe at one of many two open positions, and Walter Rouse seems to be to be the favourite to start out reverse of him.
Nonetheless, do not be stunned if Barrett Miller, who began all six video games within the fall at left guard, will get an opportunity to kick exterior.
Demetric Felton is off to the professionals, and his versatility out of the backfield shall be sorely missed. Brittain Brown, the previous Duke switch, is the main candidate to start out within the backfield after being the workforce’s major backup in 2020.
Michigan switch Zach Charbonnet will push him for carries. Regardless of who begins, nevertheless, in Chip Kelly‘s offense, each backs are certain to see quite a lot of motion.
The Huskies misplaced two starters from the 2020 marketing campaign to the draft, the place Keith Taylor and Elijah Molden mixed for 87 profession begins. That being mentioned, if there’s one place on Washington that may at all times be counted on for having depth of expertise it is the defensive backfield.
Trent McDuffie began each recreation within the fall and earned second-team all-conference honors at exterior nook, however throughout from him the place is up for grabs. Kyler Gordon and Jacobe Covington are primed to battle for Taylor’s former spot, and Oklahoma switch Bookie Radley-Hiles is the favourite to take over for Molden within the slot.
With Jake Bentley and Drew Lisk each gone in Salt Lake, the Utes have to switch the 2 guys who took snaps behind heart final season. The battle this spring shall be between two Large 12 transfers in former Baylor sign caller Charlie Brewer and Texas backup Ja’Quinden Jackson.
Brewer has the sting in expertise, however Jackson’s twin risk skill matches higher with what Utah has historically appeared for on offense, so search for a good battle that extends into fall camp when Cam Rising arrives to push everybody. Peter Costelli, Cooper Justice and Bryson Barnes are additionally within the combine.