Pac-12: Steven Mitchell


The Pac-12 has 26 of the 98 early entrants in the NFL draft. That’s impressive. Some players are locks to get drafted. Others might have jumped the gun a bit and find themselves on practice squads or brushing up on their Canadian. We’ll see.

What we’re more concerned about here is who is going to replace them. Some answers are clearer than others. Some teams might have to alter their schemes just to account for a departed player.

Here’s a look at the possible replacement players in the Pac-12 South. We’ll look at the North later this morning.

Leaving: Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona.

The replacement: Jared Baker should be in the mix, though an injury will keep him out of spring ball. He’s expected to return in time for fall camp. Pierre Cormier and Zach Green will also get looks. Speaking with folks at Arizona, the word right now is that it’s wide open. One player could emerge, or it could end up being a by-committee approach. Nothing is off the table at this point.

Leaving: Carl Bradford, LB, Arizona State

The replacement: There really isn’t anyone who has Bradford’s skill set in the program yet, so the position is wide open. Viliami Latu has potential. So does Chans Cox, who was hurt a lot last season. They are also excited about incoming freshman Ismael Murphy-Richardson. He might not be ready to jump in immediately, but he could be the Devil backer by 2015.

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Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY SportsColorado will have a hard time replacing the explosive plays that Paul Richardson provided.
Leaving: Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado

The replacement: It was probably going to be Jeff Thomas before he transferred. Now it’s probably going to be a rotation of D.D. Goodson, Devin Ross, or redshirt freshmen Bryce Bobo or Elijah Dunston. Nelson Spruce has been solid, but he’s not the breakaway threat Richardson was. This will be a key spring battle to watch.

Leaving: Xavier Su'a-Filo, OL, UCLA

The replacement: Simon Goines should be back after starting six games at left tackle before an injury forced him out. Scott Quessenberry stepped in and played five games at left guard, which is where he’ll likely be next season with Goines back at tackle.

Leaving: Dion Bailey, LB, USC

The replacement: Leon McQuay III saw some playing time and is very highly regarded by the coaching staff. His contributions last season were mostly on special teams, but he’ll take on a larger role with Bailey’s departure.

Leaving: Marqise Lee, WR, USC

The replacement: Remember George Farmer? He’s still around and could be in for a big season if healthy. Darreus Rogers and Steven Mitchell both are promising, but both have missed time with injury. You never truly replace a Biletnikoff winner, but playing opposite a surging Nelson Agholor could help boost the production of whoever gets in the regular rotation.

Leaving: George Uko, DT, USC

The replacement: Transfer Delvon Simmons is coming off a redshirt season, as is freshman Kenny Bigelow. Both should get some serious looks, as this will be one of the hot position battles this spring. Someone will ultimately win the job, but expect a rotation with both next season.

Leaving: Marcus Martin, C, USC

The replacement: Lots of ifs here. It could be Max Tuerk moving over from guard, but he’ll also be in the mix for right tackle to replace Kevin Graf. Khaliel Rodgers redshirted and is an option at guard or center. Giovanni Di Poalo could also get a look.

Leaving: Xavier Grimble, TE, USC

The replacement: Grimble and Randall Telfer were basically co-starters, so all this probably means is Telfer’s workload increases as he becomes the clear No. 1. Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick is the only other scholarship tight end on the roster.

Leaving: Jake Murphy, TE, Utah

The replacement: Westlee Tonga seems like the logical fit. He has been around for a few years and has some experience, but was injured most of last year. He’ll get another opportunity to be the lead tight end in the newest installment of Utah’s offense.

WeAreSC links: Remembering McKay

August, 20, 2012
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Steve Bisheff writes: Insider Steve Bisheff goes down memory lane and discusses his experiences with former USC coaching great John McKay on the week that the McKay Center is opening.

Blair Angulo writes: Insider Steven Mitchell will stop at nothing in the quest of perfection, even if it means not allowing himself to drop one pass.

Garry Paskwietz writes: USC's second scrimmage of the fall saw the Trojans defense make several big plays at the offense's expense.

Paskwietz writes: A look at where the Trojans' three-deep stands going into the final week of fall camp.

Video: Scrimmage recap Video: Paskwietz and Greg Katz recap the USC Trojans scrimmage on Sunday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Video: Steven Mitchell Video: Alemany (Mission Hills, Calif.) wide receiver Steven Mitchell, No. 116 in the ESPN 150, talks to Angulo about committing to the Trojans and a recent visit to USC.

WeAreSC links: Craving titles

August, 15, 2012
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Blair Angulo writes Insider: Su'a Cravens has a CIF title and a USC commitment in the bag. But that's not enough, as the four-star recruit wants to add a state title.

Garry Paskwietz writes Insider: Tuesday's practice report chronicles the progress of junior wide receiver De'Von Flournoy, who has made a move in the competition for the No. 3 WR spot.

Garry Paskwietz writes Insider: With fall practices halfway over, Garry Paskwietz gives his position-by-position assessment of how the Trojans look.

Blair Angulo writes Insider: Mission Hills, Calif., wide receiver Steven Mitchell, who committed to the Trojans in June, was a visitor to Tuesday's practice.

Video: Su'a Cravens Video: Blair Angulo talks to USC commit Su'a Cravens (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) about going undefeated on the field last year, his expectations for this season and his personal goals.

WeAreSC links: Catching on

July, 10, 2012
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Garry Paskwietz writes Insider: The Opening allowed USC wide receiver commits Eldridge Massington, Steven Mitchell and Sebastian LaRue to get to know each other, and Trojans QB commit Max Browne, a little more.

Blair Angulo writes Insider: Upper Marlboro, Md., wide receiver Paul Harris is down to USC and Tennessee, and his decision could come at any time.

Garry Paskwietz writes Insider: Both of USC's running back commits, Ty Isaac and Justin Davis, were impressive in their performances at The Opening.

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