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Pac-12: Hundley's return big news for UCLA

The trend of college football players leaving school early to enter the NFL draft has reached a point where it is big news whenever a star athlete chooses to stay for another year.

That's certainly the case with UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley, who on Monday announced he will play for the Bruins in 2014 as a fourth-year junior. Hundley also said he intends to leave after the coming season, following the timetable of former Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.

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Hundley's return is huge for UCLA. And his decision obviously affects the rest of the Pac-12 South. Any opponent hoping the Bruins would be weakened by his departure will have to find another way to beat UCLA.

The Bruins are losing offensive lineman Xavier Su'a-Filo, from Timpview High School in Provo. Of the Pac-12 athletes who have declared for the draft so far, Su'a-Filo and Oregon State receiver Brandin Cooks, Washington running back Bishop Sankey and Colorado receiver Paul Richardson may be the toughest players to replace.

Here's the rest of the list to date: USC safety Dion Bailey, Oregon State defensive lineman Scott Crichton, California linebacker Khairi Fortt, Cal cornerback Cameron Jackson, USC receiver Marquise Lee, Utah tight end Jake Murphy, Cal tight end Richard Rodgers, Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Oregon running back De'Anthony Thomas and USC defensive lineman George Uko.

From a Utah persepctive, the Utes miss Cal and Washington in the 2013-14 rotation, so the personnel losses at the other schools will have the biggest effect on their schedule.

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Arizona (Tucson Citizen)
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» Wildcats: Who's gonna be the QB?
» UA football: QB Patterson decommits from Arizona
» Hansen's Sunday Notebook: Tucson's streetcar leads to soccer

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» ASU football overview: Defensive backs
» Why is Sendek watching film of VCU, Louisville?
» ASU adds linebacker from Purdue
» Randall expected to compete for All-Pac-12 honors

California (East Bay Tribune)
» College football: Key dates for Cal, Stanford, San Jose State
» Local digest: Former Stanford star Kerri Walsh Jennings wins World Series of Beach Volleyball
» Internazionale Milan scores 3-2 shootout victory over Real Madrid
» Kerri Walsh Jennings reaches final of World Series of Beach Volleyball

Colorado (Denver Post)
» Pac-12 living up to tradition as tops in quarterbacks
» Changes in college football a cause of excitement and concern
» Pac-12 media days: Colorado eager to turn things around
» Colorado's MacIntyre at Pac-12 media days: "We will be improved"

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Oregon as the preseason favorite? That's fine with Stanford's David Shaw
» Oregon Ducks target Josh Sweat becomes ESPN's top-ranked football prospect, joining other future Ducks on the rise
» Oregon Ducks opponent preview: Washington State brings back its passing attack
» Report: Oregon Ducks' freshman Ray Kasongo denied admission: Oregon rundown

Oregon State (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
» Oregon State hires longtime trainer hired Fred Tedeschi
» Beavers hire Mark Massari as deputy athletics director
» Oregon State hands out Bennys to top athletes, coaches and teams
» OSU fishing: MacDonald, Martinez win conference tournament

Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» Stanford receiver Ty Montgomery says he's close to being ready
» College football: Key dates for Cal, Stanford, San Jose State
» Local sports digest: Former Stanford star Kerri Walsh captures World Series of Beach Volleyball
» Local digest: Former Stanford star Kerri Walsh Jennings wins World Series of Beach Volleyball

UCLA (Los Angeles Daily News)
» UCLA Football Notebook: Running back Malcolm Jones loses appeal for extra season
» College Football: Position coach Adrian Klemm says UCLA offensive line a work in progress
» 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

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 fall camp position preview: Linebackers
» Morning links: More love for Huskies' Shaq Thompson
» Morning links: Pauley Pavilion flooded
» Huskies to open three fall-camp practices to the public

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Looking at the WSU pre-camp depth chart
» Washington works on body, mind
» Wednesday WSU chat
» To paraphrase Frank, it was a very good day



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