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2019 Pac-12 weaknesses: potential trouble spots for each team heading into Fall Camp

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Each Pac-12 team has at least one unit that’s a question mark.

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Arizona - Offensive Line - The Wildcats have seemed to struggle on the line since the start of Rich Rodriguez’ wide-open offense. They don’t have the talent and depth other Pac-12 teams do and it makes it hard for them to control games on the ground the way they should with Khalil Tate and JJ Taylor in their backfield. Losing talented linemen Michael Eletise and Nate Eldridge to transfers especially hurt.

Arizona State - Defensive Line - The Sun Devils struggled to stop teams from running the ball against them in 2018, and that was with fourth-round pick Renell Wren at defensive tackle. There are familiar names coming back, but no one who really jumps out. Herm Edwards and staff will have to do a lot of development here to help out his talented, young linebackers.

Cal - Quarterback - The Bears’ defense was so good in 2018 that they might have won 10 games with it if they had an even decent offense. The biggest problem was quarterback where the Bears were limited in potential and turned the ball over. It sounds like returning starter and sophomore Chase Garbers improved in the Spring and they will need him to if they hope to do better in 2019, especially with Patrick Laird graduated.

Colorado - Defensive Back - The young talent that had to replace Colorado’s deadly 2016 secondary has yet to step up. Their are some nice players in the fold so don’t be surprised if they step it up. The Buffs will have trouble stopping opposing passing offenses if they don’t.

Oregon - Wide Receiver - The Ducks lost about 80% of their receiving production when Dillon Mitchell left early and they’ll need some players to make major strides if they hope to replace him with any success. Penn State grad transfer Juwan Johnson is a nice plug in, but he’s had two touchdowns in his career and the other players in the system like Jaylon Redd and Johnny Johnson haven’t flashed the way many have expected.

Oregon State - Defensive Line - The Beavers were historically bad at stopping the run last season, giving up 281 rushing yards per-game. They’ll have to find a way to turn things around with the talent they have, and it’s not going to be easy.

Stanford - Wide Receiver - The Cardinal lose a ton of firepower with JJ Arcega-Whiteside off to the NFL and Trenton Irwin graduated. Throw in losing star tight end Kaden Smith early to the NFL and you have extra pressure on this unit. They need someone like Osiris St. Brown to fulfill their potential and become a playmaker.

UCLA - Offensive Line - Chip Kelly’s killer Oregon teams were always anchored by super skilled offensive lines and that’s definitely not what he had in his first year at UCLA. There’s still nice talent here, it just needs to step up and it didn’t help that Andre James jumped early to the NFL when he should have returned to school.

USC - Defensive Back - The Trojans are completely reloading at defensive back, losing a wealth of talent and experience. It’s USC, so there’s still a decent amount of talent waiting in the wings, but it’s not what it used to be and they’ll have to get a lot of development to keep themselves from getting torched through the air in 2019.

Utah - Offensive Line - The Utes have to replace three starters from a group that was good, but not great in 2019. They Utes need this group to step up to help them better control games and not put as much pressure on their defense to have to completely shut down opponents to win games.

Washington - Linebacker - The Huskies have to completely rebuild at a lot of positions and I I feel this is the one they have the least amount of experience and talent waiting in the wings. They lose massive production in Ben Burr-Kirven and took a big blow when senior DJ Beavers had to medically retire.

Washington State - Quarterback - There’s no getting around it, the Cougars need a stud quarterback to thrive and I know that Mike Leach has always been able to seemingly create one on the fly, but it’s still a concern. The Cougars will have to turn to two seniors who have yet to contribute if Eastern Washington grad transfer Gage Gubrud can’t come in and light things up in the Fall.