The Pac-12's 2020 college football season has been canceled — at least for the fall. While the conference hopes to play a spring season, many obstacles make that plan a longshot. While we will hold out hope for some college football (this fall or in the spring), some players may not suit up in a Pac-12 uniform again as they pursue the NFL Draft, a career outside of football or a potential transfer.
With the Pac-12 announcement of a canceled season, our experts at Athlon Sports discuss which player they will miss watching the most this fall:
Pac-12 Football: Which Player Will You Miss Watching the Most in 2020?
Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)
The top two quarterbacks in the Pac-12 — USC's Kedon Slovis and Arizona State's Jayden Daniels — certainly fit here. However, my pick is going to be a bit unconventional. The player I'm going to miss the most is Oregon left tackle Penei Sewell. The projected first-team All-American for Athlon Sports in 2020 was simply dominant and the best lineman in college football. Considering the defensive talent returning in the Pac-12 for 2020, watching Sewell in one-on-one battles, thriving in pass protection or moving defenders out of the way in the running game was going to be must-see television every week.
Mark Ross (@AthlonMarkR)
Justin Herbert may be gone but one of the big reasons Oregon won the Pac-12 last season was its defense. Linebacker Troy Dye may be gone but Kayvon Thibodeaux was all set to wreak havoc from his defensive end position. The elite recruit really started to blossom late last season as a true freshman, setting a Pac-12 Championship Game record with 2.5 sacks in the Ducks' win over Utah. While it's a shame we won't be able to watch him this fall, the good news is he will be at Oregon at least another year as he won't be draft-eligible until 2022.
Ben Weinrib (@benweinrib)
Draft-eligible safeties Jevon Holland and Paulson Adebo will be missed, assuming they go pro, but I'm bummed we'll miss a year of development from Jayden Daniels. As a true freshman last season, the Arizona State signal-caller had a dynamite 17-2 TD-INT ratio to go with nearly 3,000 passing yards. Herm Edwards brought in Zak Hill from Boise State as the new OC, who could have helped to push him to the next level. At least Daniels' college career isn't over yet, but it would have been easy to have seen him racking up 10,000 passing yards before a team selects him high in the 2022 Draft.
Eric Sorenson (@Stitch_Head)
This one might be a little off-the-radar of a pick, but if the Bruins were going to get out of their rut as a program, Demetric Felton was going to be a key difference-maker. Felton was the Swiss Army knife for this offense, being the leading returning rusher, catching 55 passes, and also having a 100-yard kickoff return to his stat sheet. In a Chip Kelly offense, having a dynamic talent like Felton is vital and he and versatile quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson would have made this offense exciting to watch.
(Top photo courtesy of Oregon Athletics)