Arizona State was the primary Pac-12 group to conclude spring follow, on Feb. 28.
Washington and Colorado have been the final Pac-12 groups to conclude spring follow, on April 27.
The 2-month hole makes any conference-wide, post-spring evaluation — comparable to what you’re about to learn — a bit tough to time.
The Solar Devils are approaching the midway mark of their five-month offseason, whereas most groups ended spring someday in April and are within the early levels of their break.
Nonetheless, we stock on …
Right here’s the primary a part of the primary installment of the Hotline’s post-spring sequence.
We’ve acquired loads extra deliberate over the subsequent few weeks, that are certain to deliver roster information for a number of groups (on the switch entrance, if nothing else).
Spring recreation wrap: Khalil Tate performed two sequence, so we’ll chorus from drawing any conclusions on his growth. (That’s not the case for the participant on the opposite finish of Tate’s 83-yard landing go, nonetheless: receiver Devaughn Cooper has been dismissed from this system for violating group guidelines.) Even with the restricted take a look at Tate, it’s tough to think about he hasn’t develop into extra snug/environment friendly in Kevin Sumlin’s system … A number of younger quarterbacks performed within the scrimmage, however no person regarded markedly extra polished than the others … Like Tate, all-conference tailback J.J. Taylor was basically held out. I counted Taylor for one sequence however may very effectively have missed a second … Defensive finish Jalen Harris jumped off the display for his pace off the sting. Arizona averaged lower than two sacks per recreation final season. Even a modest uptick in consistency of stress may have a ripple impact by your complete protection.
What’s subsequent: Arizona’s offseason is one week shorter due to the Aug. 24 season opener at Hawaii … The first problem hasn’t modified for the reason that finish of final season: The Wildcats should get greater, stronger and higher on the traces of scrimmage to be able to compete within the South, the place the size has lurched towards the ability recreation with Utah’s ascent and the arrival of head coaches with a choice for working the ball (Mel Tucker, Herm Edwards and Chip Kelly). The Wildcats want instant assist from the inflow of junior faculty transfers on either side of scrimmage. If that unfolds and Tate stays wholesome, a postseason berth awaits.
*** Arizona State
Spring recreation wrap: The Solar Devils mixed follow drills with a limited-contact scrimmage so way back that the Hotline needed to re-watch the Pac-12 Networks broadcast as a result of I had forgotten a lot of the motion … The important thing takeaway was the identical on each viewings, nonetheless: Dillon Sterling-Cole is the heavy favourite to be the beginning quarterback when ASU breaks coaching camp … Powerful to look at the protection with out instinctively specializing in Merlin Robertson, one of many high younger playmakers within the convention. Primarily based on how Robertson was used throughout spring, his position will probably be expanded subsequent season … Freshman receiver Geordon Porter appears prepared to hitch the wideout rotation, probably as a complement to Frank Darby, Brandon Aiyuk and Kyle Williams.
What’s subsequent: Herm Edwards was good to maneuver spring ball into February: The sooner you end, the extra time for accidents to heal, for gamers to work on their deficiencies and for the teaching workers to align its spring recruiting priorities. (Don’t be stunned if extra groups observe ASU’s lead, though climate and the spring examination schedule are a part of the calculation.) … The problems dealing with ASU on the ultimate day of February will exist the 29th day of August, when the Devils open the season in opposition to Kent State: New quarterback, no N’Keal Harry, attrition on the traces and a protection that’s now not younger however, in lots of spots, not fairly mature.
Spring recreation wrap: The Buffs had a stable crowd and high quality climate for what may need been a rousing success for Mel Tucker, besides senior quarterback Steven Montez often regarded like sophomore quarterback Steven Montez. He blended a handful of stable passes with two ugly interceptions. Backup Sam Noyer was probably the most spectacular quarterback on the sector … CU wants a tailback, and freshman Jaren Mangham regarded the half, plowing over and working previous defenders … Laviska Shenault didn’t take part however needs to be prepared for coaching camp.
What’s subsequent: Primarily based on the spring recreation, we’re now projecting a really actual quarterback competitors in coaching camp — not like the fake variations for different South groups — with Noyer pushing Montez within the Buffs’ new offense … Progress made on the offensive line will probably be important, as effectively … Colorado carried out extra bodily practices beneath Tucker, whose choice is for an SEC-style identification. That, too, ought to proceed into coaching camp … The extra CU can do to alleviate the workload on Shenault, the higher likelihood he has of staying wholesome for 12 video games. The departure of Travon McMillan (1,000 yards) leaves a void within the backfield. What Jermar Jefferson was for Oregon State final season, Mangham might be for the Buffs subsequent fall.
Spring recreation wrap: The construction and competitors degree within the scrimmage have been interesting, however the outcomes weren’t — not less than for those who get pleasure from touchdowns (or could be happy with a landing) … The protection dominated the scrimmage as quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson, the presumptive starter, regarded just like the true sophomore he’s. (Backup Austin Burton wasn’t any higher; nor was he a lot worse.) … Probably the most vital growth in Westwood this spring concerned linebacker Keisean Lucier-South, one of many Bruins’ high gamers: He missed the ultimate weeks of the session to concentrate on lecturers. Lucier-South’s absence is predicted to be momentary however will probably be carefully monitored right here: His availability come fall, or lack thereof, may affect the division race.
What’s subsequent: The Bruins open on the street in opposition to Cincinnati after which face San Diego State and Oklahoma at dwelling: They’ll’t afford to misuse a minute of the offseason … We anticipate the protection to proceed its enchancment by camp and into the season, partly due to the consolation degree with Jerry Azzinaro’s scheme and partly due to personnel upgrades over the previous 18 months … The first space of want on offense is out broad, and to that extent the progress of JC switch Jaylen Erwin, who was spectacular within the spring recreation, appears paramount.
Spring recreation wrap: The Trojans regarded sharp, organized, targeted — all of the qualities they so usually lacked final season. Then once more, the scrimmage had restricted contact and was extra a exercise than a real competitors … The Hotline stays unconvinced there’s a authentic quarterback competitors by the offseason. JT Daniels will begin, however the duel for the No. 2 spot might be attention-grabbing with the shocking affect of freshman Kedon Slovis, an early enrollee … New coordinator Graham Harrell’s model of the Air Raid was efficient in getting the ball to the wideouts shortly, and sufficient runs have been dropped into the play-calling to alleviate considerations among the many trustworthy that USC will throw 60 passes per recreation … Freshman defensive finish Drake Jackson was very good, with a one-handed interception and Decide Six.
What’s subsequent: Loads of speak out of USC camp this spring in regards to the simplified protection and the affect of the Air Raid on the ability positions. However the Hotline will probably be monitoring the offensive line by coaching camp. New/previous line coach Tim Drevno, who labored for the Trojans in 2014 earlier than a stint in Ann Arbor, should improve the underachieving unit to ensure that the Trojans to compete within the South. We wouldn’t be stunned if Drevno has a considerable affect and proves the most effective workers hires of the offseason.
Spring recreation wrap: Tyler Huntley performed and regarded sharp; identical with Jason Shelley. The Utes are higher geared up at quarterback than most, if not all of the groups within the convention (as a result of depth issues) … Neither receiver Britain Covey or tailback Zack Moss participated within the scrimmage; each are recovering from accidents … The Utes have three top-tier offensive linemen and should fill out the rotation — we didn’t come away from the scrimmage with a lot readability, which might be to be anticipated. The competitors for rotation spots probably will final effectively into coaching camp
What’s subsequent: Utah was the Hotline’s decide to win the South in January, and nil has modified: No group has a greater mixture of line-of-scrimmage play, confirmed manufacturing on the ability positions/quarterback and defensive perimeter expertise … The Utes aren’t with out holes, with linebacker and security atop the record … The departure of tailback Armand Shyne, who transferred to Texas Tech, depletes the depth behind Moss for an offense that figures to make a full dedication to the working recreation beneath coordinator Andy Ludwig, who joined/returned to this system following the departure of Troy Taylor.
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