Before Washington State safety Deone Bucannon made his way to Indianapolis for the NFL combine, he said he wanted to be a first-round pick. While the first round still seems like a bit of a reach, Bucannon certainly helped his cause Tuesday with an impressive display of athleticism across the board.
Earlier this morning, we took a look at who might replace the guys who jumped to the NFL in the South Division. Here's a look at the North. Leaving: Brendan Bigelow, RB, Cal The replacement: Khalfani Muhammad and Daniel Lasco are both coming back, so there is at least some experience at the position.
The Pac-12 has seen a flurry of defensive coordinator movement over the last couple of weeks -- starting with the power struggle for former Washington defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox to the recent exoduses of Stanford's Derek Mason to Vanderbilt as head coach and UCLA's Lou Spanos to the Tennessee Titans as linebackers coach.
While a number of big-name players opted to stick around for another year of Pac-12, most notably Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, UCLA QB Brett Hundley and Oregon State QB Sean Mannion, the conference was hit hard by early defections.
We continue our team-by-team review of the Pac-12 with Oregon. Offense: Things were going pretty well there, for a while. The Ducks stormed out of the gates and scored at least 50 points in their first five games and in six of their first seven.
While the return of UCLA QB Brett Hundley for his redshirt junior season was the weekend's big news, an early-entry to the NFL draft talent drain is hitting the Pac-12 hard. While a number of big-name players have not yet formally announced their intensions -- such as Arizona RB Ka'Deem Carey, Stanford OG David Yankey, Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Arizona State LB Carl Bradford and Oregon State QB Sean Mannion -- already 17 players have announced they will give up their remaining eligibility to turn professional.
Happy Friday. The Wildcats picked up a four-star flip from USC. ASU's Kevin Ozier was honored as a walk-on. Cal's Khairi Fortt is declaring for the NFL draft. A Buff is headed to the East-West Shrine game.
Oregon is terrible on fourth down. The Ducks have converted on just seven of 18 fourth-down plays this year. Their 38.9 conversion rate ranks 10th in the Pac-12, behind struggling teams like Colorado and California.
Welcome to the second half. Greg in Salt Lake City writes: "If you don't like where you are in the Power Rankings, play better." Oh, like maybe beat No. 5 Stanford? Done. Wait, that didn't really help.