Happy Friday! Former Arizona RB Ka'Deem Carey is settling in as Matt Forte's backup. ASU's Carl Bradford signed his contract with the Green Bay Packers. A Q&A with Richard Rodgers of Cal, who is also now with the Packers.
On Thursday, we looked at the Pac-12 North Division. Today, we turn to the South: ARIZONA Spring start: March 3 Spring game: April 20 What to watch: QB competition: Coach Rich Rodriguez has used first-year starters in his first two seasons at Arizona and will make it three-for-three in 2014.
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.
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.
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.