Poll: Pac-12's passing leader in 2013?

June, 3, 2013
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We've been reviewing Pac-12 statistical leaders from 2012 who are coming back in 2013. Now it's your turn.

Of course, we start with quarterbacks.

Four Pac-12 quarterbacks who are returning this fall passed for at least 2,500 yards last year: UCLA's Brett Hundley, Arizona State's Taylor Kelly, Washington's Keith Price and Oregon's Marcus Mariota.

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Who will lead the Pac-12 in passing?

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Who do you think will lead the conference in passing in 2013?

Hundley is the leading returning passer with 3,740 yards (267.1 yards per game). He ranked third in the conference in passing last year as a redshirt freshman and his offensive coordinator, Noel Mazzone, loves to throw the rock around. One caveat: Solid but unspectacular at receiver, and the loss of dangerous RB Johnathan Franklin is a significant offensive question.

Kelly was fifth in the conference with 233.8 yards per game (3,039 yards total) as a sophomore. He has a good offensive line and running game to keep defenses off balance when he throws, but the Sun Devils' biggest question is at receiver.

Price threw for 2,728 yards (209.8 yards per game) in 2012, but he had a down year. Still, he threw for 3,063 yards in 2011 when he ranked seventh in the nation in passing efficiency and he's got a strong supporting crew coming back, including a good slate of pass-catchers.

Mariota didn't throw for many yards per game last year -- 205.9 -- because he typically didn't need to pass much in the second half. This fall, the Ducks' running game is more questionable and the crew of receivers is deep. There's a sense that Mariota, who led the conference in passing efficiency in 2012, could throw a lot more this fall.

Other is a decent choice here, by the way. It could include Oregon State's eventual QB -- Sean Mannion or Cody Vaz -- who will throw a lot this fall. Or it could include Washington State's Connor Halliday, who could hit 4,000 yards passing if coach Mike Leach has confidence in him to run his "Air Raid" offense.

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