Here's a rundown of some of the USC recruits in action:
" WR Christian Kirk: I would say Kirk was as good as any player I saw today who wasn't named Calvin Ridley. Kirk had multiple touchdowns during the day from the slot, including a pair down the middle where he simply split the defense and outran everybody to the end zone. The common speculation among the recruiting media is that this one is a USC-Texas A&M recruiting battle, and whoever lands Kirk is getting a good one.
- Arizona has its new football promo video out. No words, just watch.
- Former ASU WR Josiah Blandin has committed to Colorado.
- Cal picked up a 2015 commitment from a QB at the Elite 11.
- A very, very early preview of Colorado-UMass.
- Oregon is leading for a top DE recruit, and Nike is owed some credit.
- A Q&A with Oregon State QB Sean Mannion.
- CBS Sports named Stanford the top dog in this year's "Best in College Sports."
- UCLA picked up a DB/WR commitment Tuesday night.
- A quick look at the middle of USC's season -- Colorado, Utah, WSU.
- More information on the possible transfer of Utah RB Harvey Langi.
- An Oregon writer takes a quick look ahead to the Washington game.
- A look at Washington State's "new" football stadium.
- Several Pac-12 QBs will be at the Manning Passing Academy. Here's a breakdown of what it does for the community and economy.
- Here are 50 quick questions and answers (with lots of Pac-12-ness) from Sporting News.
Here's how we do this. We provide three evaluative categories: "Great shape," "Good shape" and "We'll see."
Hint: You'd prefer your team to be in "Great shape."
"We'll see" doesn't mean you're going to stink at said position. It means just what it says -- we'll see, because there's no way at present to know.
You can review last year's rankings here.
Up next: Linebacker. Teams in each category are listed in alphabetical order.
Oregon: The Ducks are in great shape with inside linebackers Derrick Malone and Rodney Hardrick returning next to outside linebacker Tony Washington. The only departure they’ll have to account for is Boseko Lokombo, and that spot appears destined for Tyson Coleman once he’s completely healthy following a knee injury that sidelined him for the Alamo Bowl. Sophomore Torrodney Prevot is one of several talented young players to keep an eye on when the Ducks empty their bench during blowouts.
Oregon State: The Beavers are deep at linebacker with D.J. Alexander, Jabral Johnson and Michael Doctor projected to start in their 4-3 scheme. Rommel Mageo was a starter down the stretch last season and should see plenty of playing time, as will Caleb Saulo and Darrell Songy.
USC: Only outside linebacker Devon Kennard is gone from a a solid group that should have a rather seamless transition playing in new defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox's 3-4 defense. Hayes Pullard and Anthony Sarao figure to start inside, with Jabari Ruffin or Quinton Powell playing outside opposite J.R. Tavai.
Washington: The Huskies weren’t fully stocked during the spring, but figure to have one of the best groups in the conference with John Timu playing between Shaq Thompson and Travis Feeney. Cory Littleton can be listed at defensive end or outside linebacker -- UW calls him a rush end -- and is coming off a productive sophomore season.
Colorado: Addison Gillam led the Pac-12 in tackles per game last year (8.9) and will likely start between sophomore Kenneth Olugbode and senior Woodson Greer. The Buffaloes have depth, too, with Brady Daigh, a reliable backup for Gillam, and outside linebacker Deaysean Rippy, who sat out last season after transferring from Pittsburgh. Rippy was listed as an alternative starter to Greer on Colorado’s post spring depth chart.
Stanford: There might not be a more difficult task in the conference than replacing outside linebacker Trent Murphy and inside linebacker Shayne Skov, both of whom drew All-American accolades in multiple season. Inside linebacker A.J. Tarpley, already a three-year starter, is one of the conference’s unheralded players and outside linebacker James Vaughters is poised for a breakout senior season. Kevin Andersen has seen a lot of playing time over the past two years at outside linebacker, but the other inside spot needs to be ironed out.
UCLA: Like Stanford, the Bruins have a tough task in replacing Anthony Barr and Jordan Zumwalt, but have two talented returners in Eric Kendricks and Myles Jack. UCLA could very well end up one of the best groups in the conference pending the development of Kenny Orjioke, Deon Hollins, Isaako Savaiinaea and Zach Whitley.
Utah: Junior Jason Whittingham is a potential first-team all-conference type player and the Utes are high on Jared Norris, who started seven games last year. The group looked even better when Miami-transfer Gionni Paul was projected to contribute, but the start to his season is expected to be delayed by a broken bone in his foot. Uaea Masina, after contributing on special teams last year, will likely see a lot of playing time.
Washington State: Darryl Monroe and Cyrus Coen return as starters and Tana Pritchard, who saw his role grow as the season went along, will be leaned on heavily. The final spot up for grabs is the ‘buck,’ which looks like it will come down to Kache Palacio, a slight favorite who started at the end of the season, and Ivan McLennan. Chester Su'a could also make some noise after missing last season with an injury.
Arizona: The Wildcats need to replace three-year starter Marquis Flowers and two-year starter Jake Fischer. Scooby Wright started 12 games as a true freshman last season and gives the Wildcats a good piece to start with, but we’ll take a wait-and-see approach once the other pieces are in place. The good news is that Arizona has recruited well at linebacker.
Arizona State: Salamo Fiso returns, but having to replace three of the four starters from a year ago leaves more questions than answers. Early-enrollee D.J. Calhoun drew rave reviews during spring practice, but will have to beat out redshirt junior Antonio Longino for a starting job. Eriquel Florence (devil), and Laiu Moeakiola/Marcus Washington (spur) were also listed as starters at the end of spring practice.
Cal: Jalen Jefferson, Michael Barton and Hardy Nickerson are all back, but after last season’s defensive woes it’s hard to go in with much optimism. The situation at linebacker is clearly better than it was last year, but that’s not inspiring enough not to erase speculation.
OTHER POSITION REVIEWS:
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The first day of The Opening was highlighted by a commitment for the Trojans from Isaiah Langley (Pleasanton, California/Foothill), the No. 7-rated athlete in the ESPN 300 rankings. Langley (6-foot, 164 pounds) is a versatile receiver/corner who will focus on the defensive side of the ball for the Trojans. With good height and long arms to go along with solid coverage skills, Langley is the latest example of USC coach Steve Sarkisian's efforts to upgrade the cornerback spot.
"I'm a lockdown corner," Langley said. "I can bring some kind of physicality, but for the most part I'm a coverage guy."
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LOS ANGELES -- Southern California defensive lineman Kenny Bigelow is out for the season after tearing his right ACL during non-contact drills in a voluntary workout.
The redshirt freshman was expected to compete for a starting spot. He redshirted last year to adjust to the college ranks. Returning starters Leonard Williams and Antwaun Woods will anchor the defensive line, but the third spot remains open.
Bigelow's injury was announced on the school's blog.
Some USC fans still have bitter feelings about Pete Carroll's departure.
But the Seattle Seahawks head coach will be inducted into the University of Southern California Hall of Fame in 2015, the school announced Monday.
The former Trojans football coach is one of 16 people who have been named to the hall's 11th class. They will be introduced at halftime of USC's game against Oregon State on Sept. 27 at Los Angeles Coliseum.
Carroll coached at USC from 2001-09, leading the Trojans to two national championships (2003 and 2004), seven consecutive Pac-10 titles (2002-08) and a 97-19 overall record. USC made bowl trips in each of Carroll's nine seasons, winning seven of those games.
Carroll left USC after the 2009 season to join the Seahawks, leading the team to a Super Bowl victory in his fourth season with Seattle.
Some USC fans criticized Carroll when he left, feeling his decision came before the football program came under NCAA sanctions. Carroll has said repeatedly that was not a factor in his decision.
Among the other inductees are former football and baseball coach Jack Del Rio, baseball player Mark Prior and golfer Jennifer Rosales. They were chosen by a 75-member panel of media, previous Hall of Fame members, Trojan head coaches and athletic department senior staff.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
- An update on recruiting at Arizona. The 'Cats picked up a commitment this week and another one potentially looms.
- Arizona State announced what uniform combinations it'll wear during the season.
- Golden Blogs takes an in-depth look at new Cal defensive coordinator Art Kaufman's contract.
- Colorado's "Football 101 for Women" clinic has its critics. Stanford held a similar clinic that, to my understanding, had an overwhelmingly position reception.
- Does Oregon track star/receiver Devon Allen face a football-or-track dilemma?
- Eligibility remains a question mark for potential Oregon State defensive tackle Kyle Peko.
- David Parry figures to be an important piece on the Stanford defensive next year.
- Here is UCLA's training camp schedule.
- A proclamation that USC is "still the most powerful program in the Pac-12."
- Utah's recruiting priorities include finding diamonds in the not-so-rough.
- Washington fans will like this prediction of how the Pac-12 North will play out.
- USA Today's complete countdown from No. 128 to No. 1 finds WSU at No. 61.
- Several Pac-12 coordinators are included in this list of top coordinator hires in 2014.
Here are the Pac-12 players on both lists:
John Mackey (tight end)
- Pharaoh Brown, Oregon
- Thomas Duarte, UCLA
- Connor Hamlett, Oregon State
- Johnny Mundt, Oregon
- De'Marieya Nelson, Arizona State
- Randall Telfer, USC
Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins won the award last season, but he left early for the NFL and was drafted in the second round by Tampa Bay. Looking strictly at how productive each of these players were as receivers a year ago -- which will always be the most significant factor in this award -- Hamlett has to be considered the conference's early favorite to contend for the award. He had 40 catches for 364 yards and five touchdowns a year ago and the Beavers need a combination of players to step up to replace Brandin Cooks' production.
The midseason watch list will be released on Oct. 13, the semifinalists will be named on Nov. 17 and the finalists will be revealed on Nov. 24.
- Jake Brendel, UCLA
- Mike Criste, Washington
- Hroniss Grasu, Oregon
- Steven Gurrola, Arizona
- Isaac Seumalo, Oregon State
- Graham Shuler, Stanford
Grasu, a two-time first-team All-Pac-12 selection, might be the favorite nationally after being named a finalist a year ago. Seumalo and Brendel are both team captains that started every game the past two seasons, while Gurrola, a one-time junior-college All-American, helped paved the way for Ka'Deem Carey last season. Shuler was included despite not having started a game for the Cardinal.
Note: A spring list was also released and there were no changes relating to the Pac-12.
Other watch lists
7:30 PM ET Idaho State Utah 10:00 PM ET Rutgers Washington State 10:30 PM ET Weber State Arizona State
9:00 PM ET Colorado State Colorado 10:30 PM ET UNLV Arizona
TBD California Northwestern 12:00 PM ET UCLA Virginia 4:00 PM ET Portland State Oregon State 4:00 PM ET UC Davis Stanford 7:30 PM ET Fresno State USC 10:30 PM ET Washington Hawaii 10:30 PM ET South Dakota Oregon