MVPs and Players To Watch
5-9 200 senior
RUNNING BACK | OREGON STATE
Simonton is looking for his fourth consecutive 1,000 yard rushing season and is a very legitimate Heisman candidate. Last year Simonton gained 1,474 yards on the ground in an offense built around the diminutive tailback that is lethal in the open field and tough to take down.
6-1 300 senior
DEFENSIVE TACKLE | WASHINGTON
Tripplett is a pre-season all-American and outland award candidate. Tripplett lead the Huskies with 6.5 sacks from his nose tackle position last year. He had 38 tackles including 11 tackles for loss and knocked down three passes. Tripplett set the school squat record this spring by squatting over 750 pounds. Could've been an NFL pick last spring but decided to stay in school for his senior year.
5-8 165 redshirt sophomore
WIDE RECEIVER | STANFORD
Powell had 502 yards receiving and averaged 28 yards per reception last year. His explosive speed and elusive moves after the catch have yielded big plays already, including 4 catches better than 60 yards and 6 over 30 yards. He is dangerous on returns and recorded a 51-yard TD punt return. He reminds some of former Cardinal great Troy Walters.
6-3 195 true freshman
DEFENSIVE BACK | UCLA
Considered one of the best prospects in the nation last year and ranked the #1 DB prospect in the country by PrepStar and SuperPrep, Ware could step in as a true freshman and start at either cornerback or free safety.
6-5 260 true freshman
TIGHT END | ARIZONA
The biggest immediate impact for the newest Wildcats could come from Brittain. With no tight ends on the roster that have ever caught a collegiate pass, there could be an opening for Brittain to make an impact.
5-9 168 redshirt freshman
CORNERBACK | ARIZONA STATE
Oliver could have started his freshman year and his play during spring practice validated that notion. He posses excellent cover skills with blazing speed. After a redshirt season he's ready to make his presence known.
6-4 280 redshirt freshman
INSIDE LINEBACKER | STANFORD
Amon has a freakish frame, speed and hard-hitting knack. Injury forced him to take a medical redshirt last year, and he again was sidelined this past spring. But the moments he has shown on the practice field verify every bit of his hype out of high school. He could unseat some veteran linebackers to play, or possibly start, alongside Coy Wire.
6-5 260 true freshman
DEFENSIVE LINE | USC
The USA Today high school defensive player of the year in 2000 will have the opportunity to come in and earn immediate playing time at the defensive end spot after having 255 tackles and 57 sacks in two seasons at Los Altos HS.
5-11 200 sophomore
RUNNING BACK | OREGON
Smith comes to Oregon from Tennessee and despite a troubled past off field there is no question about his abilities on field. One of the top backs coming out of high school two years ago, Smith should see significant playing time this season, and has been frequently compared to another Smith in his running style, Emmett Smith of the Dallas Cowboys.
6-0 190 true freshman
RUNNING BACK | WASHINGTON STATE
Wright rushed for nearly 4,000 yards over the past two seasons and received nine of a possible ten votes in the Long Beach Press-Telegram's "Best in the West" rating of prep talent. Only 14 other running backs in the 25-year history of the ratings have received more votes than Wright. Some of those backs included Ricky Williams, Marcus Allen, Lawrence Phillips, Rashaan Salaam and Napoleon Kaufman.
6-3 280 true freshman
DEFENSIVE LINE | CALIFORNIA
Alexander was named a Parade All-American and was named among the top 10 defensive linemen in just about every recruiting periodical that went to print last year. Alexander has an immediate shot at playing time with the losses of Waasdorp and Carter on the defensive line.
6-0 180 JC transfer
WIDE RECEIVER | OREGON STATE
Cyrus comes to OSU from Mount San Antonio JC and enters a program where the top three receivers all graduated. Expect Cyrus to get playing time immediately.
6-4 210 true freshman
WIDE RECEIVER | WASHINGTON
However fair or unfair they might be, comparisons to Randy Moss will spring to life once the rest of the Pac-10 sees Williams in action because of his size and speed combination. He's a sprinter (Washington State champion in the 100 meters) with a body built for football. Solid hands and a solid citizen, Reggie should make an immediate impact at Washington in his first season.
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