The Pac-12 has had no trouble replacing talent lost due to playing eligibility, the transfer portal, or the upcoming NFL draft.
Highlighted by Colorado’s No. 1 incoming transfer class, every team in the conference reloaded in some form. Also, the Pac-12 enters spring football with arguably the most talented group of quarterbacks in the Power Five, including reigning Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams, Washington southpaw Michael Penix Jr., Oregon’s Bo Nix and the two-timer Pac-12 Championship Game Winner Camera rises.
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Still, there are plenty of new faces poised to make a big impact in 2023. Here’s a look at each Pac-12 team’s top newcomers as we enter spring football, according to ESPN:
Arizona State: QB Drew Pyne
The former Notre Dame QB threw for over 2,000 yards for six touchdowns last season, giving new head coach Kenny Dillingham a reliable option in the QB.
Cal: O.C. Jake Spavital
Not a player, but Spavital returns to Cal after four seasons as head coach at Texas State. He will now lead a Golden Bears offensive that is in dire need of improvement.
Arizona: DL Bill Norton, LB Daniel Heimuli, and LB Leviticus Su’a
Although he didn’t play much in his four seasons in Georgia, Bill Norton expects his Arizona tenure to increase significantly. Heimuli joins the Wildcats from Washington and Su’a is a prospective four-star rookie.
Oregon: OL Ajani Cornelius
Cornelius, a Rhode Island transfer, comes to Eugene to block for Heisman Trophy nominee Bo Nix.
Stanford: HC Troy Taylor
Another non-player, former Sacramento State head coach Troy Taylor, now leads the Cardinal. However, his first season at Stanford is expected to be a build-up year.
State of Oregon: QB DJ Uiagalelei
The Oregon State Beavers have finally filled their gap at quarterback when Clemson transfer DJ Uiagalelei comes to Corvallis.
UCLA: QB Dante Moore
Moore, the favorite to replace Dorian Thompson-Robinson, was recently named the 2023 All-American Bowl MVP.
USC: WR Dorian Singer
The loss of Jordan Addison and Travis Dye hurts a lot less as Arizona’s Dorian Singer is poised to become Caleb Williams’ top target next season.
Utah: WR Emery Simmons
The four-star transfer from Indiana should give Cam Rising a reliable option at wide receivers.
Washington: RB Dillon Johnson
After having one of the best passing attacks last season, the Huskies have now brought in a former Mississippi State RB to up their running game.
Washington State: OC Ben Arbuckle
Arbuckle oversaw arguably the best offense in the Group of Five last season in western Kentucky, averaging 497.2 yards per game.
Colorado: CB Travis Hunter
Finally, two-time star Travis Hunter enters the picture as Colorado’s newcomer. Expect the former five-star player to make an impression at both CBs at WR next season.