The PAC-12 Championship is scheduled to kickoff Friday night at 7:30pm in Las Vegas. The 11th ranked Utah Utes will face Heisman favorite and fourth ranked USC. Both teams can run up points like crazy, with both placing inside the top 30 for points per game this season. Utah has also attacked USC well, having given the Trojans their only loss this season. There are a lot of marquee matchups between NFL draft prospects and star studded talent.
LT Braeden Daniels
Daniels is 6-4, 297 and a dominant run blocker. With over 2786 career snaps with 829 at left tackle, 813 at right tackle and 1144 at guard, versatility is in his wheel-house. He’s only allowed 53 pressures and five5 sacks over his career with only 10 pressures sacrificed this year. He’ll have a matchup vs Tuli Tuliplotu to show off his traits.
RT Sataoa Laumea
Not hearing a lineman’s name is a good thing. Laumea stands at an imposing 6-5, 320 and has experience at both right guard and tackle splitting 2058 snaps evenly between the two. He’s only allowed four sacks and 57 pressures in 1049 career pass pro snaps. His best strength is as a run blocker and Utah is running the ball nearly 62% of the time to his side.
QB Cam Rising
Rising might not declare but he’s an interesting mid round QB option if he does. He’s prototypical size at 6-3, 220 with a strong arm, good pocket awareness and mobility. He does struggle with making some reads but the tools are there. Since starting for the Utes he’s led them to two straight Pac-12 championships posting a career 65% completion, 5167 yards, 42 TD, 12 interceptions and adding 879 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns.
TE Brant Kuithe
Kuithe is one of two standouts in the Utes tight end room. Primarily the blocker of the two, he’s posted 867 run blocking snaps paving an impressive 6.3 yards per carry as a lead blocker. He’s undersized and could end up getting moved to fullback in the NFL.
TE Dalton Kincaid
Kincaid can’t pass block and is an okay run blocker, he’s one dimensional as a receiver but he’s physical with some good speed also. It works in his favor often. He has good size at 6-4, 240 and has put up 103 receptions for 1375 yards and 16 touchdowns in only 25 career games. In a deep tight end class, the next few months will be huge for Kincaid
CB Clark Phillips
Phillips is going to be a prototypical standout nickel corner in the NFL, he’s got the size at 5-11, 185 lbs and the speed to play in the slot. His instincts, physicality and ball skills are off the charts. He’ll be a good corner for a while in the NFL. 2022 has been his best season in coverage by far, allowing only 37 receptions on 64 targets for 430 yards, four touchdowns and a 65.6 QBR. He’s also added six (yes six!) interceptions, five breakups, two touchdowns, and 23 tackles. He has a career nine interceptions, 20 breakups and four interception return touchdowns.
WR Jordan Addison
The former Biletnikoff winner, Addison has put up 54 receptions for 810 yards and eight touchdowns far off his 1500 yards, 17 touchdown season last year at Pitt. Addison has the speed, hands, and route running of an NFL receiver. Only concern is his size at 6-0, 170 lbs.
G Andrew Vorhees
Interior line or offensive line in general during the early rounds is never the sexy pick, but Vorhees is a fantastic guard though with a ton of experience having played 3491 snaps over six seasons at USC. He’s really taken off the last two seasons and only allowed 11 sacks and 84 pressures while splitting snaps across LT, LG, RG, and RT.
DT Tuli Tuipulotu
Tuipulotu took off this year with 49 pressures, 11 QB hits, two forced fumbles, 40 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and 13 sacks in just 354 pass rush snaps. Tuipulotu is an athletic monster, he has insane bend and power and can win from anywhere on the defensive line. He’s played 751 snaps at defensive end, 428 at the three-tech, and 177 at nose tackle all at 6-5, 290 lbs.
CB Mekhi Blackmon
Blackmon is well on track to see his stock skyrocket, he’s having his best season yet in coverage having only allowed 28 receptions on 60 targets for 281 yards, one TD, a 47.4 QBR while adding eight breakups and three interceptions. He loves to play the run as well, something NFL teams are going to love.