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Pac-12 position unit rankings: Quarterbacks

Luke Falk threw for 4,566 yards in his first season as Washington State's full-time starter, and there's more where that came from. Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports

We continue one of our final inventory checks before the 2016 season kicks off. We'll be ranking every team's position units against the rest of the Pac-12.

Next up: the quarterbacks.

1. Washington State: Though it can certainly feel like who the quarterback is doesn't matter so long as Mike Leach is designing and calling plays, writing off WSU's Luke Falk as a product of the system would be foolish. In ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay's rankings of top draft-eligible quarterbacks, Falk came in at No. 4. After throwing for 4,566 yards last year, his first season as the full-time starter, Falk has the potential to put together one of the most statistically prolific seasons in college football history. And that's not hyperbole.

2. UCLA: With Josh Rosen at quarterback, there's a strong case for the Bruins at No. 1. Call it a coin flip. Rosen stepped on campus and from Day 1 was among the best quarterbacks in the country. Already he feels like a near lock to go No. 1 overall in the 2018 NFL draft. It's a steep drop-off to backup Mike Fafaul, but he has looked good in training camp, too.

3. California: How lucky is Cal? Consider this: The Bears just had the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft (Jared Goff) and will replace him with someone who has already thrown for 5,557 yards and 46 touchdowns in his career (Davis Webb, formerly of Texas Tech). It's not all luck, obviously; the coaching staff had to persuade Webb to come to Cal. His arrival was a huge boost to the Bears' chances of returning to a bowl in 2016. Coach Sonny Dykes tried to sound optimistic about the state of the position before Webb's arrival, but the reality is the program was always going to be better off giving Chase Forrest and Ross Bowers another year to develop.

4. Arizona: Forget the old adage that having two starting quarterbacks means you don't have one. Arizona has a proven starter, Anu Solomon -- he's just being pushed at the moment. Through two seasons as the Wildcats' starter, Solomon has thrown for 6,460 yards, which ranks fourth in school history. If Brandon Dawkins unseats him, that would speak more to what Dawkins has done to impress the Arizona coaches. Either way, the Wildcats might be the team most equipped to handle an injury should the eventual starter go down.

5. Washington: For Jake Browning to step into the starting role as a true freshman and play as well as he did -- 2,955 yards, 16 TDs, 10 INTs -- was encouraging for the Huskies. He's a big part of why so many people see the Huskies as a threat to win the Pac-12. That said, he has a lot to improve on in Year 2 and should probably be considered a Tier 2 quarterback in the conference until further notice.

6. Colorado: Not too long ago, it seemed like Sefo Liufau's season was in jeopardy. The Buffaloes secured a commitment from Davis Webb and it was just assumed Liufau would sit out the 2016 season as a result of a foot injury. Not so. After Webb backed off his pledge and decided on Cal, it became evident that Liufau, who started the past three seasons, would be able to play this year. He has had his ups and downs, but Colorado's woes shouldn't be considered a reflection of Liufau's play.

7. Stanford: Keller Chryst and Ryan Burns both look the part, but because most of Stanford's practices are behind closed doors, it's hard to fully grasp the state of the quarterback position or how the competition to replace Kevin Hogan is unfolding. Stanford's recent track record with quarterbacks makes it easy to have high hopes for whoever wins the job (we'll guess Chryst).

8. USC: Redshirt Max Browne saw very little action backing up Cody Kessler the past two seasons and has yet to pull away in his competition with Sam Darnold. Both guys have had their days in training camp -- though Monday was not one of them -- and once Clay Helton names the starter this weekend, the winner will have two weeks to prepare for Alabama.

9. Oregon: Dipping back into the FCS well doesn't speak well for the Ducks' depth chart, but it's hard to fault them after all the success Vernon Adams had last year after transferring from Eastern Washington. Dakota Prukop was a first-team All-American at Montana State, where he passed for 5,584 yards; however, he has yet to officially be named the Ducks' starter. He remains in competition with Travis Jonsen, and an announcement is expected to come 10 days before the Ducks' opener.

10. Oregon State: Considering Darell Garretson has FBS starting experience and was named the starter in April, the Beavers could easily be higher on this list. That they're at No. 10 is more about how close all the programs could be. Outside of the top two spots, there are a lot of questions remaining. Garretson started the final seven games as a freshman at Utah State in 2013 and played in five games there in 2014 before an injury ended his season and he elected to transfer to Oregon State.

11. Utah: Troy Williams leads Brandon Cox and Tyler Huntley in a three-way competition, but reports out of Salt Lake City indicate it's Williams' job to lose. The former Washington quarterback was the No. 2-ranked dual-threat QB in the country in the Class of 2013 and started one game in 2014.

12. Arizona State: The Sun Devils have the distinction as the only team in the conference without a quarterback on the roster who has attempted a pass in a college game. Sophomore Manny Wilkins remains the favorite to win the job over redshirt freshman Brady White, but a public decision from coach Todd Graham isn't expected until just before the opener.