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Pac-12: USC, Cal well represented at Combine

While variables such as injuries come into play, one way to judge the talent level of a college football team is by the number of players invited to this month's NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

The 2013 list of invitees suggests that a couple of Pac-12 teams really underachieved in 2012. The obvious one is USC, which is sending six players to Indianapolis after a 7-6 season. The other is California, with five entrants – lending support to the notion that former coach Jeff Tedford's firing was justified.

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Another theory is that the fewer players a school sends to the combine, the more talent it is returning.

Here's the list of Pac-12 invitees:

Arizona – quarterback Matt Scott.

Arizona State – kicker Josh Hubner, defensive back Keelan Johnson, linebacker Brandon Magee.

Cal – receiver Keenan Allen, running back C.J. Anderson, running back Marc Anthony, offensive lineman Brian Schwenke, defensive back Steve Williams.

Colorado – offensive lineman David Bakhtiari, tight end Nick Kasa.

Oregon – linebacker Kiko Alonso, running back Kenjon Barner, defensive back John Boyett, defensive lineman Dion Jordan, offensive lineman Kyle Long.

Oregon State – defensive back Jordan Poyer, receiver Markus Wheaton.

Stanford – tight end Zach Ertz, running back Stepfan Taylor, linebacker Chase Thomas, tight end Levine Toilolo.

UCLA – offensive lineman Jeff Baca, tight end Joseph Fauria, running back Johnathan Franklin, defensive lineman Datone Jones, kicker Jeff Locke.

USC – quarterback Matt Barkley, center Khaled Holmes, defensive back T.J. McDonald, defensive back Nickell Robey, defensive back Jawanza Starling, receiver Robert Woods.

Utah – defensive lineman Star Lotulelei, defensive lineman Joe Kruger.

Washington – defensive back Desmond Trufant.

Washington State – receiver Marquess Wilson.</

PAC-12 Links
Links from around the Pac-12
Arizona (Tucson Citizen)
» UA football: Your stories from the 'Hill Mary'
» Hansen's Sunday Notebook: Caldwell's pin count goes into record books
» UA football: Inside the numbers of UA's win
» UA football: My AP Top 25 ballot

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» ASU's rivalry with UCLA takes center stage
» ASU football practice report from Sunday
» College insider: ASU volleyball set for UA
» Jordan Simone goes from walk-on to playmaker

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Cal coach Sonny Dykes to players: 'Hang in there'
» Cal athletics store celebrates football victory prematurely
» Cal Bears' big night in Arizona ends in nightmare finish
» Local sports digest: Stanford, Cal in water polo showdown

Colorado (Denver Post)
» Speedy freshman Donovan Lee gives CU Buffs another playmaker
» Colorado coached to avoid coin-toss glitches, MacIntyre says
» Colorado's MacIntyre gratified Buffs practiced hard Monday
» CU Buffs tackle Jeromy Irwin might play vs. Hawaii after concussion

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Oregon Ducks open up Autzen Stadium doors for Fan Fest: Photo gallery
» LeGarrette Blount, T.J. Ward, Ndamukong Suh highlight NFL Week 3 local performances
» In Washington State scare, Oregon Ducks find trouble and confidence they can still out-adjust foes
» Oregon Ducks coach Mark Helfrich post-Washington State: 'We're getting better in some areas and we need to improve in many'

Oregon State (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
» Oregon State roundup (Sept. 19)
» OSU men's basketball: Tinkle says positive steps being made
» Spencer to become new AD at Evansville
» BeaversSalute program gives tickets to military personnel and veterans

Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» Local sports digest: Stanford, Cal in water polo showdown
» Stanford coach David Shaw goes digging
» Cal, Stanford Pac-12 men's basketball schedules announced
» Local sports digest: Stanford's Maverick McNealy ties for medalist honors

UCLA (Los Angeles Daily News)
» UCLA Football Notebook: Running back Malcolm Jones loses appeal for extra season
» COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Improving UCLA has questions to answer during preseason football camp
» COLLEGE FOOTBALL: UCLA's prized recruit Eddie Vanderdoes cleared to play by NCAA after leaving Notre Dame
» Pac-12 Media Day: Eyes on Anthony Barr for UCLA's 2013 hopes

USC (Los Angeles Daily News)
» USC Football Notebook: Marqise Lee's injury not too serious
» USC Football Notebook: QBs Max Wittek, Cody Kessler present dilemma for Trojans coach Lane Kiffin
» USC FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel thinks Trojans might not miss QB Matt Barkley
» USC FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Dion Bailey says it's 'now or never'

Washington (Seattle Times)
» Huskies get commitment from linebacker DJ Beavers
» Throw the ball more, says Huskies receiver Kasen Williams
» Huskies vs. Stanford, by the numbers: UW's Danny Shelton, Hau'oli Kikaha lead nation in sacks
» Huskies morning links: UW wakes up from first-half nap to rout Georgia State

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» A little night practice
» WSU basketball lands 6-8 wing
» One of these years, it will be corrected
» Day after Oregon links



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