2016 Conference Preview: Pac-12

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PLAYERS TO WATCH

CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY – HB, STAN

Christian McCaffrey had a season for the ages in 2015 and is back for more as he returns for his junior year.

McCaffrey shattered Barry Sanders all-purpose yards record with 3,864 yards. The Heisman Trophy finalist also became the first Stanford player to rush for over 2,000 yards in a single season. McCaffrey’s speed combined with his agility make the Cardinal halfback one of the most dangerous in college football and a Heisman favorite to start the season.

JOSH ROSEN – QB, UCLA

In the storied history of UCLA football a true freshman had never started at QB before. That changed in 2015 as highly touted Josh Rosen won the job.

While the Bruins had an up and down season, finishing 8-5, Rosen broke the UCLA record for passes in a row without an interception with 245 passes and threw for 23 touchdowns in 2015. His best game may have came in his first start against Virginia where he threw for 351 yards and 3 touchdowns, all while completing 80% of his passes.

With a season under his belt, the sophomore QB could be one of the better up and coming passers in college football.

JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER – WR, USC

JuJu Smith-Schuster followed up an impressive freshman season with an amazing sophomore season where the sophomore caught 89 passes for over 1,400 yards and 10 touchdowns.

The amazing part of these numbers is that Smith-Schuster was still able to be one of the best wideouts in the country while dealing with hamstring issues throughout the season. Imagine what he could do completely healthy.

The junior WR has top-5 pick potential and will be relied upon heavily to carry an inexperienced Trojans offense.