Trey Adams Sr. T Washington - Adams injured his knee in mid-2017 and then had back surgery at the start of 2018 and didn’t come back until the very end of 2018. He played their final few games, but he wasn’t 100 percent and he could be the Pac-12’s best offensive linemSan and a first round pick if he is.
Justin Belknap Sr. DE Arizona - The Wildcats need veteran talent on their defensive line in 2019 and that’s just what they’ll get with Belknap returning in 2019. He’s played a lot of snaps for the Wildcats and is a tough presence up front that can boost their defense on the edge.
Hunter Bryant Jr. TE Washington - Bryant is another Husky who has seemingly been injured forever. He got hurt in mid-2017 and then got hurt in Spring 2018. Like Adams, he came back in late-2018, probably not 100 percent, but still made a huge impact. An All-American candidate if healthy in 2019.
Cameron Goode Jr. LB Cal - The Bears will need a new linebacker or two to step up with Jordan Kunaczyk graduated. Goode missed 2018 and should be back as a starter in 2019.
Tyler Huntley Sr. QB Utah - The Utes and Huntley were just starting to take off when he went down with an injury in 2018. The Utes almost won the Pac-12 without him in 2018, imagine how good they’re going to be in 2019 with him at full strength.
Alex Kinney Sr. P Colorado - It’s not often you lose a punter to injury, but the Buffs did in 2018 and they get the very talented Kinney back in 2019. He’ll be one of the best punters in the conference.
Walker Little Jr. T Stanford - Little didn’t have a chunk injury in 2018. However, he was injured for a lot of the season and never seemed right. He’s a Top 10 2020 Draft pick when he’s fully healthy.
Zack Moss Sr. RB Utah - Utah got a huge present when Moss decided to come back after missing the end of 2018 with a knee injury. He’s as good as any running back returning in the Pac-12 in 2019.
Mike Saffell Jr. G Cal - Saffell should be a starter after missing 2018 with an injury. He can help them improve their horrible offensive in 2019.
Penei Sewell So. T Oregon - Sewell was one of the nation’s best freshman linemen for the first half of 2018, but went down with an injury midway through the season. He will be a legit first-team All-Pac-12 candidate going into the season and might already be the best lineman on a veteran Oregon offensive line.
Laviska Shenault Jr. WR Colorado - He got hurt and Colorado’s season fell apart. He’s one of the best pure players at any position and my choice for the Pac-12’s top player at any position in 2019. He could possibly carry the Buffs to a bowl by himself.
Josh Woods Sr. LB UCLA - Woods is one of the many blue chip linebackers Jim Mora brought to Westwood and his talented presence was missed in 2018 when he was injured. His return gives the Bruins an instant veteran on defense with major NFL potential.