Thursday, May 17, 2012
Poll: Best shape without starting QB
By Kevin Gemmell and Ted Miller
Last week we gave you our thoughts on which team yet to name a starting quarterback was in the best shape in the Pac-12.
Kevin Gemmell went -- overwhelmingly -- with Oregon, given the history of new quarterbacks under Chip Kelly, the weapons the new guy is going to inherit and the offensive line that is going to be protecting him.
Ted Miller went further south, picking UCLA because the burden of expectation isn't going to be as high on the Bruins as it is with Oregon. He also likes how Noel Mazzone handles quarterbacks.
Did we pick the wrong teams? There are three others to consider with question marks at quarterback.
How about Arizona State? The quarterback emerging from the three-way competition has maybe the deepest running back corps in the conference -- headlined by stud Cameron Marshall -- and some speedy receivers on the outside.
Maybe it's Colorado? Given the difficulties the Buffs have endured of late, maybe the fact that there is almost no pressure on them means every victory is gravy.
What about Stanford? Whoever wins the job as Andrew Luck's replacement has two of the best tight ends in the conference to throw to, an elite running game at his disposal and a defense that can bail him out when needed.
Which team yet to name a starting quarterback is in the best shape heading into the fall?