The Pac-12 hasn’t had any problems replacing talent lost due to eligibility, the transfer portal or the upcoming NFL draft.
Highlighted by Colorado’s No. 1 overall incoming transfer class, each team in the conference has reloaded in some form. Plus, 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 two-time Pac-12 Championship Game winner Cam Rising.
But still, there are plenty of new faces primed to make a big impact in 2023. Here’s a look at each Pac-12 team’s top newcomer as we enter spring football, according to ESPN:
Arizona State: QB Drew Pyne
The former Notre Dame QB threw for over 2,000 yards with six touchdowns last season, giving new head coach Kenny Dillingham a reliable option at QB.
Cal: OC Jake Spavital
Not a player, but Spavital comes back to Cal after four seasons as head coach at Texas State. He’ll now lead a Golden Bears offense in need of major improvements.
Arizona: DL Bill Norton, LB Daniel Heimuli and LB Leviticus Su’a
Although he didn’t play much in four seasons at Georgia, defenisve lineman Bill Norton figures to receive a significant boost in playing time at Arizona. Heimuli comes to the Wildcats from Washington and Su’a is an incoming four-star freshman.
Oregon: OL Ajani Cornelius
Cornelius, a Rhode Island transfer, comes to Eugene to block for Heisman Trophy candidate Bo Nix.
Stanford: HC Troy Taylor
Another non-player, former Sacramento State head coach Troy Taylor is now leading the Cardinal. His first season at Stanford is expected to be a rebuilding year, however.
Oregon State: QB DJ Uiagalelei
The Oregon State Beavers have finally filled their hole at quarterback with Clemson transfer DJ Uiagalelei coming to Corvallis.
UCLA: QB Dante Moore
The favorite to replace Dorian Thompson-Robinson, Moore was recently named the 2023 All-American Bowl MVP.
USC: WR Dorian Singer
Losing Jordan Addison and Travis Dye hurts a lot less with Arizona transfer Dorian Singer ready to become Caleb Williams’ top target next season.
Utah: WR Emery Simmons
The four-star Indiana transfer should Cam Rising provide a reliable option at wide receiver.
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 help improve their run game.
Washington State: OC Ben Arbuckle
Arbuckle oversaw arguably the best Group of Five offense last season at Western Kentucky, which averaged 497.2 yards per game.
Colorado: CB Travis Hunter
And finally, two-way star Travis Hunter comes in as Colorado’s newcomer to watch. Expect the former five-star to make an impact at both CB at WR next season.