I’m admittedly stealing this from a Tweet I saw earlier today from Paul Myerberg over at PreSnapRead, but it’s kind of the time of year when you take your ideas where you get them.
Anyway, Myerberg noted today that the news last week that Arizona State’s Steven Threet will have to give up football due to concussions means that nine of the teams in the new Pac-12 now pretty much now exactly what they will do at quarterback next fall.
Threet was ASU’s starter most of the year, but missed most of the last two games due to concussions and Brock Osweiler took over and led the Devils to wins over UCLA and Arizona, going 49-85 for 647 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions. Osweiler’s performance had many pegging him as the likely ASU starter in 2011, though he would have had to battle with Threet. Now, the job is Osweiler’s (and ASU also suddenly has a bit of a depth problem at QB, as noted in the linked story).
UW is obviously one of the three that does not have a set QB heading into 2011, with Keith Price and Nick Montana set to battle in spring practice (which begins March 29) and likely continues into fall camp.
The others with uncertainty are Cal and UCLA.
Cal returns Brock Mansion, who started the last four games of the season (including against UW) but Bears coach Jeff Tedford has said the job will be wide open in the spring. In fact, Ted Miller recently noted that as many as five QBs each have a shot at the job.
UCLA returns its two 2010 starters in Kevin Prince and Richard Brehaut. But as this story details, Prince may miss the spring to recover from knee surgery while Brehaut is also playing baseball this spring. That could mean true freshman Brett Hundley, who is already on campus and will take part in spring ball, has a legitimate shot to win the job.
Here’s a look at the QB situations for the rest of the Pac-12 entering 2011:
ARIZONA: Nick Foles returns for his third year, and he won’t have any competition with the recent decision to redshirt Matt Scott, who started two games last year (including the win over UW) and would then be able to take over for Foles as a senior in 2012.
COLORADO: Tyler Hansen, the starter for much of 2009 and 2010, is expected to retain the job in 2011, though new coach Jon Embree will undoubtedly take a hard look at everything.
OREGON: Darron Thomas returns for his junior season after leading the Ducks to the Pac-10 title and the BCS Title Game.
OREGON STATE: Ryan Katz will return for his second season as a starter.
STANFORD: Andrew Luck will return for his third season as a starter.
USC: Matt Barkley will return for his third season as a starter.
UTAH: Jordan Wynn will return for his third season as a starter, though he’s likely to miss spring with a shoulder injury.
WASHINGTON STATE: Jeff Tuel will return for his third season as a starter.