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The top 2016 Pac-12 quarterbacks: Luke Falk leads a green pack of Pac-12 QBs

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Ranking the top 12 Pac-12 quarterbacks heading into the 2016 season.

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1. Luke Falk Jr. Washington State - The dean of Pac-12 QBs is a legitimate Heisman candidate who looked like the QB Mike Leach has been looking for in Pullman since he arrived. He threw for more than 4,500 yards and tossed 38 touchdowns in 2015 while leading the Cougars to their best season in more than 10 years.

2. Josh Rosen So. UCLA - The blue chip of all blue chip quarterback recruits lived up to his hype as a true freshman starter in 2015 passing for more than 3,500 yards with 23 touchdown passes. He has the best skills of any quarterback in the conference and should become the conference's best either in 2016 or 17.

3. Jake Browning So. Washington - Browning fantastic freshman season was overshadowed by Rosen's but he was  also really impressive as a true freshman starter in 2015. He threw for nearly 3,000 yards with a 63 percent completion percentage and 16 touchdowns.

4. Anu Solomon Jr. Arizona - It has been a rough past 20 months for so for Solomon but I think he still has everything he needs to take the next step and become an elite Pac-12 QB. For all the criticism of him last season, he at least still had 20 touchdown passes to just five interceptions.

5. Davis Webb Sr. Cal - The Texas Tech transfer flipped from Cal just weeks ago and looks to at least have a great shot at being a reliable senior QB who can put up numbers in the Bear Raid.

6. Sefo Liufau Sr. Colorado - Liufau has seemingly been around forever and has played a big role in making Colorado respectable the past couple of seasons. However, he was injured late in 2015 and his status for 2016 is still uncertain, especially considering he has a redshirt season to utilize.

7. Dakota Prukop Sr. Oregon - Prukop still has to win the job in the fall, but the former Big Sky star looks he can at least be a solid QB in Oregon's still strong system. Much like Vernon Adams last year going into the season, his preseason ranking is incredibly hard to slot. He could be be in the Top three of the conference or not even win his starting job.

8. Troy Williams Jr. Utah - Williams' athleticism, big arm and natural play-making abilities have the Utah crowd thinking he might actually be an upgrade from four-year starter Travis Wilson. The former Washington QB is another that still has to win the job, but he certainly has a lot of people very excited.

9. Max Browne Jr. USC - Browne fought off upstart freshman Sam Darnold in the spring and it looks like the former five-star recruit may finally get his chance to lead the USC offense. He's a big, smooth passer, who like Cody Kessler before him, may not have star quality just yet, but can probably fill it up with all the fun toys USC's offense has in 2016.

10. Keller Chryst Jr. Stanford - All signs point to Chryst, the son of a longtime NFL assistant/coordinator being the successor to Kevin Hogan and that has Stanford fans excited. A huge (6'5 235) pocket passer with a big arm and NFL tools, he is a lot more polished than Hogan was when he started as a freshman.

11. Manny Wilkins So. Arizona State - One of the most-interesting QBs who has a chance to be a new starter in the conference. He is a rangy (6'3 190) athlete who, like Taylor Kelly, can make plays with his feet and move around the pocket, but is still accurate and a natural passer.

12. Darrell Garretson Jr. Oregon State - Garretson hasn't taken a live snap yet with Oregon State and has already been named a captain which is a great sign for him maybe even being an immediate upgrade over Seth Collins who transferred out after starting as a true freshman. He can move and has the leadership ability the Beavers really need to start improving.