All-Pac-10 Possibilities

Sure we're still over three months away from the START of the college football season, but it is never too early to speculate about the END of the season. Arizona has a number of talented players. Some who will contend for All-Pac-10 honors. We take a look at who is most likely to be considered and even a few dark horse candidates.

BEST BETS

Antoine Cason Cason is generally considered one of the five best corner backs in the nation. He should be an All-Pac-10 performer. Maybe the biggest drawback is the fact that teams may try to avoid throwing his way.

Spencer Larsen In my mind he should have been on the first or second team a year ago. I didn't see four better linebackers in the Pac-10. With a very good senior season Larsen should make one of the teams.

Louis Holmes Even though Holmes' first season in a UA uniform failed to live up to the wild expectations a five-star player generates, he was still a second team All-Pac-10 pick. With another year in the system, including his first spring practice, it is completely possible that he has the monster season many envisioned when Holmes committed to Arizona.

Eben Britton Last year, as a redshirt freshman, he was the Wildcats' best lineman. With another year under belt, more size and strength he should really come into his own as a player.

POSSIBILITIES:

Mike Thomas He's the Wildcats' most productive returning receiver and a perfect fit for the spread. There are a lot of talented receivers in the Pac-10 but a huge season could boost Thomas.

Ronnie Palmer Has the talent to be a big time performer. With another year in the system, Palmer could be a player who rises up to become a top-tier linebacker.

Pete Graniello After last season some may be surprised to see him on this list. He had a mediocre 2006 but word is that he played most of the season with an injured shoulder. He has surgery on the shoulder this off season, so he could have a chance to return to the form that earned him Freshman All-American honors two years ago.

Yaniv Barnett Barnett does not rack up big numbers at defensive tackle, but is not asked to. He has quietly been one of the Cats' best defensive players for the past three seasons.

Willie Tuitama Tuitama has All-Pac-10 potential, but has to play a complete season. Even a really good season may not be enough with players like John David Booty, Rudy Carpenter, Ben Olson, Alex Brink and Nate Longshore all returning.

LONG SHOTS

Johnathan Turner Another guy with great talent but it could be a numbers game. He'd probably need a really big sack total to make one of the teams, but with Holmes and other talented ends on the roster, getting the big time numbers may be out of reach.

Wilrey Fontenot Fontenot will get a lot of attention with Cason on the other side. If he makes some big time plays he will get some attention.

Blake Kerley A solid performer, but it becomes a number's game. There are a lot of talented linemen in the Pac-10.

Anthony Johnson Had the best spring of any Wildcat receiver. Has never shown All-Pac-10 ability, but if he continues to be the top target in the pass-happy spread, he could put up the numbers to at least warrant consideration.

Earl Mitchell It can be tough for a blocking back to get All-Conference love, but if he works himself more into the offense he could be a unique weapon in the league.

Dominic Patrick Are highlight reel hits enough?


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