The Pac-12 Conference looks more fraught than last season, and transfers and new coaches have changed that.
Kenny Dillingham is in the state of Arizona and has Notre-Dame transfer Drew Pyne to quarterback; Cam Rising, Michael Penix Jr., Jayden de Laura, Bo Nix, Cam Ward and Caleb Williams all returned to their respective programs as well.
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Sam Jackson transferred from TCU to Cal and DJ Uiagalelei transferred from Clemson to Oregon State in another huge addition. Oh, and then there’s Shedeur Sanders, who followed his father Deion Sanders from Jackson State and looks poised to make the jump from the FCS to the Power Five.
The Pac-12 could very well have some of the best quarterbacks in the country, not to mention UCLA’s five-star incoming freshman Dante Moore. That’s just how much talent there is in the position.
Chip Patterson of CBS Sports revealed some of the biggest storylines leading up to the 2023 college football season, with one of his “bold” predictions that the Pac-12 will have the best quarterback game in the country:
The Pac-12 features the reigning Heisman Trophy winner at USC (Caleb Williams), high-ranking power conference starters at Utah (Cam Rising), Washington (Michael Penix Jr.) and Oregon (Bo Nix) plus a collection of transfers and freshmen who contain or have ever carried blue-chip projections from scouts and talent evaluators. UCLA has both with former Kent State QB Collin Schlee and five-star freshman Dante Moore, while Jaden Rashada,, has landed at Arizona State and former Clemson quarterback DJ Uiagalelelei is looking for a fresh start as he battles for the starting job at Oregon State. Add in Shedeur Sanders and the chance for him to be the face of the Colorado offense, and it’s clear the Pac-12 will start the season with the most interesting and arguably the best collection of quarterbacks in the country.
Defenses in the Pac-12 are going to get all sorts of headaches just about every week, and that’s just with regards to the quarterback position.