Don Hansen

2015 – A Year of Change for Pac-12


The 2014 season will go down as one of the most competitive seasons in Pac-12 football history. Six teams finished in the AP Poll Top 25. Five of those six Pac-12 schools, UCLA, Arizona State, Arizona, USC, Utah, 2014 are in the same South Division proving that the Pac-12 South is arguably the toughest division in college football along with the SEC West. Where does the Pac-12 go from here in 2015?

Last week, Rob Malara discussed the fifteen underclassmen who joined Arizona State wide receiver Jaelen Strong by declaring early for the NFL Draft. When those players are added to the seniors who have used their eligibility, major talent is leaving throughout the entire Pac-12. When examining the Pac-12 All Conference Teams, the players who have completed their college careers are in orange below:

Fifty-five percent of the Pac-12 All-Conference Offensive Teams and seventy-one percent of the Pac-12 All-Conference Defensive Teams are heading to the NFL. Together, that is 63% of the Pac-12 All-Conference Teams, as voted on the by the coaches, gone from the conference.

Those numbers do not include the following successful Pac-12 household names who have completed their college careers as well:

  • Taylor Kelly, QB (ASU)
  • Sean Mannion, QB (OSU)
  • Connor Halliday, QB (Wazzu)
  • Ty Montgomery, WR (Stanford)
  • Austin Hill, WR (Arizona)
  • Marcus Hardison, DE (ASU)
  • Hayes Pullard, LB (USC)
  • Josh Shaw, CB (USC)
  • Eric Rowe, S (Utah)

The 2015 may be a transition season for the Pac-12 as new players step into the spotlights. USC quarterback Cody Kessler, Arizona State running back D.J. Foster, UCLA linebacker Myles Jack and Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright will get most of the headlines going into the 2015 season. Through its successful recruiting, the Pac-12 will continue to reload its talent, so who do you think will some new impact All-Conference performers in the Pac-12?

About Don Hansen

Don Hansen

Don is a 2003 graduate of Arizona State University where he spent four years sitting in the front rows of many ASU athletic events leading the rowdy student section. Now, Don co-hosts the "ASU Devils Den" podcast covering every detail of ASU football. Don works and resides in Gilbert, Arizona with his beautiful Sun Devil wife and their two beautiful daughters!

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