James Johnson Of Washington Huskies, WSU's Andrei Lintz Among Pac-12 Breakout Candidates

There are always players in college football who break out in a big way to lead their team to victory each week. For the Washington Huskies, they are a program looking to finish at the top of the Pac-12 this season and compete for a Rose Bowl. For the Washington St. Cougars, it's all about installing new head coach Mike Leach's system in Pullman.

After a wild spring of workouts and practices, a few players appear poised for big seasons in 2012. Who might they be in Washington? We take a look at them after the jump.

Ted Miller of ESPN recently visited all the schools in the Pac-12 as they went through spring camp. Who did he think may be primed for a big year in the fall?

Here was his pick for the Huskies:

James Johnson, WR, Washington: After an injury-plagued career, Johnson is finally healthy and in the starting lineup. The physical tools are all there and the quarterback is in place for him to put up some solid numbers -- if he can stay on the field.

And here was Miller's selection for the Cougars:

Andrei Lintz, WR, Washington State: This converted tight end was the talk of WSU's spring session. He has the hands and size to be effective over the middle and he showed great chemistry with Jeff Tuel during the 15 practices. The more attention Marquess Wilson draws, the more opportunities there will be for Lintz to excel.

Summer camp and the start of the regular season are just a few short months away. College football is almost back, folks. It's time to get excited.

For more on the Huskies, check out UW Dawg Pound. For coverage on the Cougars, be sure to visit Coug Center.

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