This week, we took a look at the best pass-rushers returning in the Pac-12 in 2012. It was a strong crew.
Quarterbacks likely will be looking over their shoulders this season. But our question is this: Who will lead the Pac-12 in sacks in 2012?
Or will it be Shirley? Shirley had a great spring and looks ready to take the next step as a sophomore.
Oregon's Dion Jordan might be a good choice. Like Thomas, he earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors in 2011, recording 7.5 sacks in the process.
What about Oregon State's Scott Crichton who had six sacks and 14.5 tackles for a loss as a redshirt freshman in 2011? What might he do for an encore?
But it doesn't have to be a young gun: What about Washington State's Travis Long, a four-year starter who might benefit from moving from defensive end to outside linebacker?
It wouldn't be surprising if any -- or even more than one -- ended up with double-digit sacks. But who will get the most?