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Who's got the oldest team in the Pac-12?

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    By Ted Miller

    [​IMG]Unless you're one of those fans who's always looking ahead to a golden "next year," more often than not it's a good thing to have a lot of senior starters.

    There is no substitute for experience. Other, of course, than being remarkably talented.

    So which Pac-12 teams will start the most seniors?

    First, a qualifier. This is an inexact science. For one, many teams list more than 11 starters on one or both sides of the ball. We've included all position players listed as a No. 1 on the depth chart. Second, starting lineups are still fluid, so some of these guys might not end up as starters.

    But this is a best guess.

    Arizona State (12): WR Aaron Pflugrad, OG Mike Marcisz, C Garth Gerhart, OT Dan Knapp, WR Gerell Robinson, TE Trevor Kohl, WR Mike Willie, DE Jamaar Jarrett, DT Bo Moos, LB Shelly Lyons, LB Oliver Aaron, SS Eddie Elder.

    Reaction: The Sun Devils have 28 seniors, so they are one of the most veteran teams in the country. Those looking ahead should toss junior LB Vontaze Burfict in there; it's almost certain the true junior enters the NFL draft after the season.

    Colorado (12): WR Tony Clemons, OG Ethan Adkins, OG Ryan Miller, TE Ryan Deehan, QB Tyler Hansen, TB Rodney Stewart, FB Evan Harrington, DE Josh Hartigan, NT Conrad Obi, LB Patrick Mahnke, SS Anthony Perkins, CB Arthur Jaffee

    Reaction: A big of a surprise that the Buffs are so veteran. Another reason to wonder if they are being underrated.

    Arizona (11): WR Juron Criner, WR Dave Roberts, QB Nick Foles, RB Keola Antolin, WR David Douglas, DE C.J. Parish, DE Mohammed Usman, LB Derek Earls, LB Paul Vassallo,*SS Robert Golden, CB Trevin Wade.

    Reaction: A very strong crew of seniors 0n both sides of the ball. The O-line, though, features two redshirt freshman tackles, two juniors and a sophomore.

    California (11): WR Marvin Jones, LT Mitchell Schwartz, OG Justin Cheadle, TE Anthony Miller, DE Trevor Guyton, DE Ernest Owusu, LB D.J. Holt, LB Mychal Kendricks, LB Ryan Davis, S D.J. Campbell, S Sean Cattouse.

    Reaction: A lot of young guys are nipping at this crew's heels, particularly on defense.

    Oregon State (10): OT Mike Remmers, C Grant Johnson, OG Burke Ellis, TE Joe Halahuni, RB Ryan McCants, WR James Rodgers, DT Dominic Glover, LB Cameron Collins, CB Brandon Hardin, S Lance Mitchell.

    Reaction: So much changes if Rodgers can get to 100 percent in the early-going -- his talent and leadership would be a huge boost. Same with Halahuni. A veteran secondary is*typically a good thing.

    UCLA (10): WR Nelson Rosario, OT Sean Sheller, C Kai Maiava, OT Mike Harris, TE Cory Harkey, WR Taylor Embree, DT Justin Edison, LB Glenn Love, LB Sean Westgate, FS Tony Dye.

    Reaction: The Bruins younger players stand out more, and some of these guys are battling to hold onto starting jobs.

    Oregon (9): OT Darrion Weems, OG Ramsen Golpashin, WR Lavasier Tuinei, OT Mark Asper, TE David Paulson, DE Terrell Tuner, LB Josh Kaddu, ROV Eddie Pleasant, CB Anthony Gildon.

    Reaction: It's not*difficult to review the Ducks roster and -- get this for the nation's No. 3 team -- imagine great things... in 2012 (yes, we are now proclaiming the Ducks the pre-pre-season*favorites).

    Stanford (9): WR Chris Owusu, OT Tyler Mabry, TE Coby Fleener, WR Griff Whalen, DE Matt Masifilo, LB Max Bergen, FS Michael Thomas, SS Delano Howell, CB Johnson Bademosi.

    Reaction: QB Andrew Luck is a junior, though he's already said this will be his final season, so he should count here, too. And you'd suspect that a number of juniors will be testing their NFL prospects, including OT Jonathan Martin, OG David DeCastro and LBs Chase Thomas and Shayne Skov.

    Washington State (8): WR Isiah Barton, OT David Gonzales, C Andrew Roxas, OG B.J. Guerra, OT Wade Jacobson, WR Jared Karstetter, RB Logwone Mitz, LB Alex Hoffman-Ellis.

    Reaction: One of the reasons coach Paul Wulff is hopeful his O-line will improve is four senior starters. As for the future, most of the key playmakers will be back in 2012.

    Utah (7): OT John Cullen, OT Tony Bergstrom, DE Derrick Shelby, DT James Aiono, LB Chaz Walker, LB Matt Martinez, CB Conroy Black.

    Reaction: Two senior tackles should help protect the Utes most important asset: QB Jordan Wynn.

    Washington (7): WR Jermaine Kearse, LT Senio Kelemete, WR Devin Aguilar, DT-DE Everrette Thompson, DT Alameda Ta'amu, LB Cort Dennison, CB Quinton Richardson.

    Reaction: This crew has seen a lot for the Huskies -- 0-12 to a Holiday Bowl win over Nebraska. A pretty talented crew here, but the Huskies strength is in their youth.

    USC (5): WR Brandon Carswell, TE Rhett Ellison, DT Christian Tupou, LB Chris Galippo, SS Marshall Jones.

    Reaction: Hard not to see USC as young this year, with just*this small*handful of seniors, and a not particularly star-studded one at that. But those dreaming of big things in 2012 should keep in mind that juniors such as QB Matt Barkley, OT Matt Kalil, DE Nick Perry and FS T.J. McDonald, are big-time NFL prospects.

    Originally posted by ESPN.com - Pac-10 Blog
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    Wait. Is Mahnke really a senior? It seems as though he was mauling a nebraska QB in the backfield as a true freshman just yesterday!
     

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