Friday, March 28, 2014
Poll: Best three-headed monster?
By Ted Miller
Which Pac-12 team has the best overall three-headed monster?
To review what the heck we are writing about: On offense, that's an elite combination at quarterback, running back and receiver. On defense, it's an elite combination of a leading tackler, a leader in sacks and leader in interceptions.
We've reviewed South offenses and North offenses and South defenses and North defenses.
But now we want your take on whose troika is the mightiest. Who has the surest thing heading into 2014?
On offense, we like Oregon in the North and Arizona State in the South.
Oregon offers QB Marcus Mariota, RB Byron Marshall and WR Bralon Addison. Arizona State counters with QB Taylor Kelly, RB D.J. Foster, WR Jaelen Strong. That right there is a tough call.
The Ducks probably have a lead at quarterback, but you could say the Sun Devils are better at the other two spots. Or you might not.
On defense, we like USC in the South and Stanford in the North.
USC offers LB Hayes Pullard, DT Leonard Williams and S Su'a Cravens, while Stanford has LB A.J. Tarpley, DE Henry Anderson and S Jordan Richards.
That's a group of six players who figures to earn All-Pac-12 honors.
First you might choose which crew you like on offense and which one you like on defense. Then you could ask yourself which one you'd most want to play for your team.
It's nice to have star power at all three levels on either side of the ball. But your question today is whose stars shine the brightest.