Pac-12 Position Rankings: QB

The Pac-12 will be top heavy at quarterback, as it holds four of the best in the country. Click inside to see how breaks down the position.

Throughout the week, will be taking a look at each position unit and ranking them. This week, we will start with quarterback, as Arizona stands in solid shape.

1. Andrew Luck, Stanford: There is absolutely no question about this, as Luck is very likely to be the top pick in next year's NFL Draft and is the favorite to win the Heisman.

Luck is in a position in which many people wondered why he even came back, and it is still difficult to see why considering how highly regarded he is.

2. Nick Foles, Arizona: If it wasn't for Luck, most people would feel Foles would be the best quarterback in the conference.

Foles is projected by some to be a first round pick and his biggest obstacle this season may be whether or not he gets enough time to throw.

If he does, there is a good chance that he is going to put up some of the best numbers in the country, as he certainly has the weapons to do so.

3. Matt Barkley, USC: Barkley threw 26 touchdowns to 12 interceptions last season and could be poised for an even bigger year.

Barkley struggled a bit against the better teams and he will have to answer that challenge if USC is going to win the conference next season.

In terms of potential, Barkley has plenty of it. However, he will have to be able to produce as well.

4. Darron Thomas, Oregon: If you judged by numbers alone, Thomas would likely be much higher.

However, the system certainly has to get a lot of credit for Thomas' numbers and we are hard pressed to believe he would put up similar numbers as the quarterbacks ahead of him.

That is not to say Thomas is not a good quarterback, because he is. However, if we are talking purely from the quarterback perspective, his stock takes a bit of a hit.

5. Jordan Wynn, Utah: Wynn completed 62 percent of his passes last season while throwing 17 touchdowns to 10 interceptions.

He is not a dominant quarterback by any means, but he is generally pretty consistent. Wynn may not be considered to be in the upper echelon of quarterbacks in the conference, but you know what you are going to get with him and that is just fine with Utah's coaches.

6. Ryan Katz, Oregon State: Arizona fans know plenty about Katz, as he threw for nearly 400 yards against the Wildcats last season.

Katz was not asked to make a lot of difficult throws but, when he was, he tended to struggle as evidenced by throwing three interceptions against Stanford, Oregon, and Washington.

He is the type of quarterback that is going to run Oregon State's offense effectively, but he is not going to be the one to singlehandedly lead his team to victory.

7. Jeff Tuel, Washington State: The fact that Tuel had legitimate success at Washington State is remarkable.

He threw for nearly 300 yards and four touchdowns against Stanford and had a handful of other successful games as well.

Part of his solid numbers is the fact that he had to throw because his team was behind, but Tuel is still a player that should get credit.

8. Brock Osweiler, Arizona State: This is when we get into the territory of not really knowing what we are going to get.

Osweiler only has two career starts, but he looked solid in his last two games of the season.

If he can continue that, Osweiler will likely lead Arizona State to a much improved season. Now that teams know what they are getting from him, it will be interesting to see how Osweiler handles it.

9. Zach Maynard, Cal: Maynard is a dual-threat quarterback that a lot of people likely have not heard of.

He threw for four touchdowns against Pitt while at Buffalo and had some solid games. It will be interesting to see how Cal handles Maynard, because Tedford is not the type of coach to rely on a running quarterback.

10. UCLA Quarterback: It really depends on who the Bruins go with here. UCLA is the only team in the conference that has yet to name a quarterback and there are still numerous options.

Do the Bruins go with potential in Brett Hundley or the experience with Kevin Prince and Richard Brehaut?

Either way, we have no idea how this will shake out and at this point either do the Bruins.

11. Keith Price, Washington: The Washington coaching staff likes Price enough to not want to go with Nick Montana, so that tells you something.

Price is a dual-threat, but he is also the least experienced quarterback in the conference. The potential is there, but there will likely be some growing pains along the way.

12. Tyler Hansen, Colorado: Hansen only had legitimate playing time in six games last season and was mediocre.

He threw three interceptions against Cal and only hit the 200-yard mark twice. Hansen is going to have to improve in a big way if the Buffs want to make an early statement in the Pac-12.

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