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Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Pac-10 spring position battles


Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Now we talk quarterbacks.

Because that's what just about every Pac-10 fan -- other than Oregon and Washington adherents -- will be talking about this spring.

Even Oregon State, which saw Lyle Moevao throw for 2,500 yards and 19 touchdowns, has a bit of quarterback intrigue, or did you forget how well Sean Canfield played while Moevao was hurt (3-0 with two starts)?

We're supposed to do only five entries here. But we're going to do six.

Washington State gets left out because Marshall Lobbestael, the favorite to win the job, will be limited this spring as he comes back from a knee injury.

And so does Oregon State because the Beavers are choosing between two known quantities, while the following teams will be evaluating one more or more candidates with almost no significant playing experience.

Please note, however, that the likelihood of these competitions being settled this spring is remote. In fact, the coaches evaluating these competitions may not even announce a pecking order until the season opener is on the immediate horizon.

That's just how coaches ride.

1. USC: Mitch Mustain vs. Aaron Corp vs. Matt Barkley

2. California: Kevin Riley vs. Brock Mansion

3. Arizona State: Danny Sullivan vs. Samson Szakacsy vs. Chasen Stangel vs. Jack Elway vs. Brock Osweiler

4. Arizona: Matt Scott vs. Nick Foles vs. Bryson Beirne

5. UCLA: Kevin Craft vs. Kevin Prince vs. Chris Forcier vs. Richard Brehaut

6. Stanford: Tavita Pritchard vs. Andrew Luck