Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Spring breakout players
By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com's Bruce Feldman looks at 10 "breakout" players this spring, and two from the Pac-12 made his list: Arizona State DT Will Sutton and Washington DE Josh Shirley.
To be brief: I concur. Good choices.
Here's Feldman's take.
5. Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State Sun Devils
The Sun Devils have gotten way more than their share of talent from Southern California's Centennial High, and Sutton appears ready to be the next product of that program to make an impact. ASU staffers I know have gushed about the 6-2, 285-pounder's potential for a while. He missed the 2010 season due to academic issues, but the word is he's ready to be a force now. In fact, Sutton, a very quick, very explosive sophomore, may more than make up for the loss of Lawrence Guy to the NFL.
10. Josh Shirley, DE/OLB, Washington Huskies
The Huskies were sixth in the Pac-10 in sacks last season. Expect the speedy 225-pound Shirley to help address that. He flashed big-play potential for what appears to be a much-improved defensive line.
A handful I'd add: Washington State WR Kristoff Williams, Stanford TE Zach Ertz, Arizona DE C.J. Parrish, UCLA RB Jordan James, Colorado DT Conrad Obi, California OLB Dave Wilkerson, Oregon State OLB Michael Doctor, USC RB Curtis McNeal, Utah DE Joe Kruger and Oregon DE Dion Jordan (who was supposed to breakout in 2010 but apparently waited a year).
Yes, I wanted to make sure everyone got their breakout player.