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Pac-12 players poised to break out in 2021 season

Here is a look at football players in the Pac-12 this spring who are poised to have standout seasons this fall:


QB Jayden Daniels, junior. Daniels was superb as a freshman but wasn’t the same last season as the Sun Devils battled COVID-19 issues and broke in young receivers. Daniels won’t have the same problems this season, so expect him to return to being one of the nation’s top dual-threat quarterbacks.


WR Stanley Berryhill III, junior. The speedy wideout returns after leading the Wildcats with 23 receptions, 227 yards, and three touchdowns in five games last season. He may have been Arizona’s best player in the spring. Berryhill entered the transfer portal and was headed to Ball State after coach Kevin Sumlin was fired, but he changed his mind when Jedd Fisch was hired.


RB Jarek Broussard, junior. Coming off a knee injury in 2019, Broussard became one of the nation’s top running backs last season. The 5-foot-9, 185-pound back was third nationally with 149.2 yards per game, finishing with 844 yards and three TDs in five games. Don’t expect a drop-off this season.



DE Kayvon Thibodeaux, junior. Thibodeaux was a disruptive force as a sophomore and earned third-team All-American honors by The Associated Press. He had 9.5 tackles for loss in seven games last season and was dominant in the Pac-12 Championship game, pressuring the quarterback 12 times and finishing with two tackles for loss.

injuries and arm fatigue that led to some unsafe passes and a loss of confidence. Slovis has spent the offseason working on his mechanics to avoid fatigue and could be one of the nation’s best quarterbacks as a junior.


QB Charlie Brewer, senior. Brewer threw more than 9,000 yards and 65 TDs at Baylor before transferring. He’s looked sharp in spring practices and will compete with Cam Rising for the starting job in the fall.


LB, Edefuan Ulofoshio, Jr. The Huskies were expecting big things from Ulofoshio this season. They will rely on him even more after Zion Tupuola-Fetui was lost for the season with a torn Achilles tendon. Ulofoshio had 47 tackles, two recovered fumbles, and a sack in four games last season.


OL, Cody O’Connell, senior. One of the nation’s best offensive linemen is back for a final season in his home state. The 6-foot-9, 368-pounder was a consensus All-American last season and was on the AP second team in 2019. He is one of the favorites to win the Outland Trophy, awarded to the nation’s top offensive lineman.

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