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August 2, 2012
Pac-12 stacked with talented newcomers
The star power of the Pac-12's freshman class is evident from a look at the guys missing from our list of the conference's impact newcomers.
We were all set to include USC running back/wide receiver Nelson Agholor on our list-- which is restricted to true freshmen and junior-college transfers-- but we wondered how he could find playing time in an offense that already features Curtis McNeal and Penn State transfer Silas Redd in the backfield plus All-America candidates Robert Woods and Marqise Lee in the receiving corps.
Stanford garnered plenty of attention for signing three Rivals100 offensive linemen in five-star prospects Andrus Peat and Kyle Murphy, plus top-50 recruit Josh Garnett. But the Cardinal also return three starters on the offensive line, so we weren't sure how much any of those three newcomers would play immediately.
Of course, it wouldn't surprise us if Agholor or one of those Stanford linemen puts together a huge season. We also wouldn't be shocked if the new coaching staffs at Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA and Washington State are tempted to play some of their own recruits immediately. However, the uncertainty amid all that upheaval prevented us from listing any newcomers from those four schools.
We instead went with the following five (actually six) players. We felt they had the necessary talent and opportunity to come in and contribute right away. Keep in mind that we only were considering true freshmen and junior-college transfers for this list, which prevented us from including Division I transfers such as Redd.
Oregon DL Arik Armstead
Colorado CBs Kenneth Crawley and Yuri Wright
Oregon State OL Isaac Seumalo
California WR Bryce Treggs
Washington S Shaq Thompson