- Sam Darnold So. QB USC
Darnold looks like he is going to be USC’s Andrew Luck. He’s big, has a live arm, accurate, can run and is a gamer. Unlike a lot of star college football quarterbacks who let the game come to them and amass numbers in offensive system, Darnold takes the game in his hand and is scary to the rest of the Pac-12.
2. Azeem Victor Sr. LB Washington
Victor would have been Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year last year if he wouldn’t have gotten hurt. He should win it in 2017 if he stays healthy.
3. Jake Browning Jr. QB Washington
Browning put up lights out numbers in 2016 and led the Huskies to 12 wins. Yet, he still doesn’t get much respect. I think he should have another massive season and isn’t a pure numbers/system guy, he is a competitor with game-changing accuracy and mastery of the Husky offense.
4. Luke Falk Sr. QB Washington State
I was surprised Falk came back, but he’s a true Cougar and will be really fun to watch as a senior. He is going to destroy some more record books and is one of the most-accurate and prolific passers to ever play in the Pac-12.
5. Phillip Lindsay Sr. RB Colorado
Lindsay is one of the most-underrated players in the entire country. He is the heart of Colorado’s offense and a touchdown machine who has home run speed and inside strength. He had more than 1,700 combined rushing/receiving yards and scored 17 touchdowns in 2016.