Pac-10: Players ready to shine in 2010

2009 is in the books, and the stars of the conference have moved on. Every season the Pac-10 will watch players evolve into exciting, big-time athletes. These players will have the opportunity to become the class of the conference.

Shane Vereen, California

Far from being an unknown player in the conference, Vereen is poised for a very large statistical season in 2010.  The Cal running back ran for 952 yards with 12 touchdowns and a 5.2 average while sharing the ball with Jahvid Best.  Starting the final four games of the season due to a Best injury, Vereen ran for nearly 500 yards.  With the inconsistency of Kevin Riley and an experienced offensive line expect Vereen to lead the league in rushing in 2010.

Chris Owusu, Stanford

Owusu and fellow Cardinal Ryan Whalen combined for over 1,600 yards receiving in 2009. A year of experience for Andrew Luck and the absence of Toby Gerhart will make Owusu’s role that more important.  Defensive coordinators focusing on Whalen will open the door for big plays from Owusu.  The 6-2′, 199 pound junior caught 37 receptions for 682 yards, 5 touchdowns and a 18.4 average.

David Paulson, Oregon

Paulson will look to continue the Oregon tradition of producing quality tight ends. Playing behind the departed Ed Dickson, Paulson caught 12 passes for 185 yards with a 15.4 average.  The 6-4, 250 pound Washington native is sure handed, strong, and not afraid to run routes over the middle of the field.

Delashaun Dean, Arizona

Arizona returns quarterback Nick Foles, and gone is former teammate Terrell Turner. The 2010 senior had his best statistical season in 2008 with 53 receptions, 593 yards and 4 touchdowns.  The Wildcat offense will be rolling in 2010 and the 6-4, 202 pound receiver is primed for a big year depending on the play of Foles.

Desmond Trufant, Washington

As a freshman, the 6-0′, 175 pound cornerback recorded 41 tackles and 2 interceptions.  In 2010 Trufant will look to become the shut down cornerback his relative Marcus became at Washington State.  If the Huskies continue their progression forward in 2010 it will largely be due to the play of Trufant.

Brandon Hardin, Oregon State

Part of a young talented Beaver secondary, Hardin will be asked to play opposite James Dockery and will luckily have the services of Lance Mitchell at safety.  A large cornerback at 6-2′ and 219 pounds, the 2010 sophomore will get plenty of chances to prove his worth.

Steven Threet, Arizona State

The 6-5′, 228 pound former Michigan Wolverine will look to lead the Sun Devils back to conference prosperity in 2010. With a steller defense, Dennis Erickson will be looking for efficiency from his quarterback.  If running back Cameron Marshall can produce look for Threet to have a great year in Tempe.

Adam Hall, Arizona

The former prep U.S. Army All-American selection will be looked to step up with the departures of Cam Nelson and Devin Ross.  At 6-4′, 195 pounds the freshman safety will make an immediate impact for the Wildcats.

Jared Karstetter, Washington State

With the development of quarterback Jeff Tuel, the Cougars will look to throw the ball more in 2010.  As a sophomore, Karstetter caught 38 passes for 540 yards and a 14.2 average.  At 6-4′, 203 pounds the Cougar reciever has the size to make a huge impact in 2010.

Almond Armstead, USC

The junior defensive end played in 3 games in 2009 and has recorded 16 career tackles.  At 6-5′, 290 pounds Armstead is physically ready to play professionally and should benefit from the strong play of Jurrell Casey.

Aaron Pfulgrad, Arizona State

The 5-10, 174 pound Oregon transfer has the talent, and discipline to lead the Sun Devils in receiving in 2010.  Pflugrad caught 23 passes for 247 yards and one touchdown in two season with the Ducks.

Lavesier Tuinei, Oregon

A lanky possession receiver, Tuinei caught 24 passes for 217 yards with a 9.5 yard average in 2009.  At 6-5′ he should be a primary short distance target for the Oregon quarterbacks in 2010.

Gabe Miller, Oregon State

Along with tackle Stephen Paea, Miller will need to anchor the defensive line in 2010.  As a sophomore he recorded 23 tackles, and 3 sacks in 10 games. The Oregon native has the potential to lead the team in sacks and his success will be a direct relation to the production of Paea.

Jonathan Franklin, UCLA

With the talent of the Bruin receiving corp, defensive coordinators will tempt Franklin to beat them on the ground.  Last year, the 2010 sophomore gained 566 rushing yards with 5 touchdowns and a 4.5 yard average.  If he can remain healthy look for Franklin to possibly reach the 1,000 yard mark.

TJ McDonald, USC Trojans

At 6-2′, 192 pounds, the 2010 sophomore doesn’t have the size of former Trojan Taylor Mays but McDonald has been clocked at a fast 4.42 in the forty yard dash.  Shareece Wright stands as the one upperclassman for the defensive backfield meaning McDonald must adjust quickly.

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~ by philip d. on May 28, 2010.

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