Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Poll: Replacing impact players in the South
By Kevin Gemmell
As you may have noticed, we've started our "Biggest Shoes" series on the blog -- which looks at one specific player from each team who has exited and left -- ergo -- big shoes to fill.
But who within each division will be missed the most? We're going to take a look at the South Division today to see which impact player leaves the biggest void for his team. (Note: these may not be the players we chose for the Biggest Shoes series, but they are the biggest names from the division).
So, for your Tuesday poll question: Which South Division player will be the toughest to replace? We'll take a look at the North Division on Thursday -- and possibly have a run-off next week with the top five vote-getters when we combine the divisions.
Matt Barkley, QB, USC: The league's all-time touchdown king completed 63.6 percent of his throws and led the league with 36 touchdown passes. He threw for 3,272 yards and averaged 297.5 yards per game.
Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA: The Doak Award finalist rushed for 1,767 yards and 13 touchdowns in helping the Bruins to the South Division title. He leaves the Bruins as the school's all-time leading rusher.
Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah: With 42 tackles, including 10 for a loss, the big man in the middle is slated as a first-round draft pick and potentially a top-five selection. He also forced three fumbles and recovered four.
Brandon Magee, LB, ASU: A leader on and off the field, Magee was second in the Pac-12 in tackles per game (9.4) and third overall with 112 stops. He also had 6.5 sacks.
Matt Scott, QB, Arizona: The Pac-12's passing leader averaged 301.7 yards per game with 27 touchdowns and completed 60.3 percent of his throws. His versatility as a runner was also key in helping the Wildcats to the postseason and eventual bowl victory.