NCAA Players to Watch: Pac-10

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This could easily be called “Players to Watch: USC”. They have that much talent just on the defensive side of the ball. The other nine schools also have some good players, just not on par with the Trojans. Here are three Trojans and three Non-Trojans:

Fili Moala – DL – USC
Big Game:
Sept. 13 vs OSU

Moala is a big disruptive force that makes it easier for those around him. We feel he can play in either the 3-4 or 4-3.

Rey Maualuga – LB – USC
Big Game:
Sept. 13 vs OSU

Umm, yeah, wow. This guy hits, runs, covers, leads, and mows your lawn when he is done. Rey would be an insane addition as an OLB in any NFL defense.

Brian Cushing – LB – USC
Big Game:
Sept. 13 vs OSU

Didn’t get the accolades that his teammates Rivers and Maualuge received, but Cushing is a solid prospect whose versatility will bring him up into the first round.

Alex Mack – C – California
Big Game:
Sept 13 @ Maryland

Perhaps the top center in the NCAA, Mack is a cerebral center than can make the line call and begin to maul.

Max Unger – OL – Oregon
Big Game:
Oct. 4 @ USC

Hands down the best OL in the PAC-10, Unger should have his work cut out for him vs USC. Good footwork and strength make him a solid top 25 pick.

Jairus Byrd – CB – Oregon
Big Game:
Sept. 13 @ Purdue

A good fit in a cover-2 system, Byrd is raw but could develop into a solid nickel/#2 corner as a rookie.

One Response to “NCAA Players to Watch: Pac-10”

  1. MATT#33 says:

    NE,It would not surprise me a bit to see Rey Maualuga or Fili Moala suiting up for Bill Belichick’s defense in 2009. We have had scouts up and down the USC campus ever since Petey Carroll took over there (Matt Cassel will not be our biggest prize out of Southern California when all is said and done). As a matter of wild speculation close to the team, former USC DL Keith Rivers was extremely close to becoming a New England Patriot.

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