UCLA: California Golden Bears
- More on Orlando Bradford's commitment, plus other Arizona recruiting notes.
- Arizona State picked up a commitment from a three-star OLB.
- How fans will remember Cal's Deandre Coleman.
- A slimmed-down Mike MacIntyre sees a bright Buffs future.
- The guy who flew the "Go Ducks" banner at Oregon State's graduation is very sorry.
- Brandin Cooks is getting high praise from Drew Brees.
- Stanford updates: freshmen reporting, a kicker commits and a Remound Wrigh u
- Las Vegas says UCLA is going to win quite a few games in 2014.
- And Vegas is saying the same thing about USC.
- Utah is extending its recruiting reach through camps.
- Washington has announced a new deal with a radio station.
- What recruit Marvell Tell could do for the Cougars if he were to commit.
- Looking at the future (very far in the future) Pac-12 schedules.
- Some of the staggering numbers in Arizona and ASU athletics.
- Arizona State picked up a WR commitment from the deep south.
- Some of Cal's most frustrating opponents over the years.
- Previewing Colorado's quarterback situation in 2014.
- Five 2015 recruits who could join Taj Griffin at Oregon.
- OSU players surprised students to promote reading and education.
- Panthers depth chart analysis and where former Stanford RB Tyler Gaffney fits.
- Former UCLA LB Aaron Porter might be transferring to WSU.
- A quick look at each USC position group.
- Former Utah CB Keith McGill signed a four-year deal with the Raiders.
- Fantasy football breakdown of RB's, Bishop Sankey comes in at No. 15.
Here's a look at where each school stands:
2015 commits: 6
Players: Keenan Walker, OT, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Taren Morrison, RB, Mesa, Ariz.; Darick Holmes Jr., RB, Westlake Village, Calif.; Finton Connolly, DT, Gilbert, Ariz.; Alex Kosinski, OG, Larkspur, Calif.; Ricky McCoy, TE, Fresno, Calif.
2016 commits: 2
Players: Trevor Speights, RB, McAllen, Texas; Shea Patterson, QB, Shreveport, La.
2015 commits: 6
Players: Brady White, QB, Newhall, Calif.; Morie Evans, ATH, Huntsville, Texas; Bryce Perkins, QB, Chandler, Ariz.; Nick Ralston, RB, Argyle, Texas; Tony Nicholson, ATH, Grand Prairie, Texas; Raymond Epps, TE (JC), Yuma, Ariz.
2017 commit: 1
Player: Loren Mondy, DE, Mansfield, Texas
2015 commits: 4
Players: Austin Aaron, WR, Napa, Calif.; Greyson Bankhead, WR, Corona, Calif.; Malik Psalms, CB, Chino Hills, Calif.; Lonny Powell, RB, Sacramento, Calif.
2015 commits: 3
Players: T.J. Fehoko, DE, Salt Lake City; N.J. Falo, OLB, Sacramento; Dillon Middlemiss, OG, Arvada, Colo.
2015 commits: 4
Players: Taj Griffin, RB, Powder Springs, Ga.; Zach Okun, OG, Newbury Park, Calif.; Jake Breeland, WR, Mission Viejo, Calif.; Shane Lemieux, OT, Yakima, Wash.
2015 commits: 3
Players: Tyrin Ferguson, OLB, New Orleans; Kyle Haley, OLB, Anaheim, Calif.; Treshon Broughton, CB (JC), Tustin, Calif.
2015 commits: 3
Players: Arrington Farrar, S, College Park, Ga.; Christian Folau, ILB, Salt Lake City; Rex Manu, DT, Mililani, Hawaii
2015 commits: 7
Players: Josh Rosen, QB, Bellflower, Calif.; Alize Jones, TE, Las Vegas; Tevita Halalilo, OG, Moreno Valley, Calif.; L.J. Reed, WR, Elk Grove, Calif.; Jaason Lewis, ATH, Virginia Beach, Va.; Bolu Olorunfunmi, RB, Clovis, Calif.; Victor Alexander, ILB, Jacksonville, Fla.
2015 commits: 5
Players: Chuma Edoga, OT, Powder Springs, Ga.; Ricky Town, QB, Ventura, Calif.; David Sills, QB, Elkton, Md.; Taeon Mason, CB, Pasadena, Calif.; Roy Hemsley, OT, Los Angeles
2015 commits: 7
Players: Jake Grant, OT, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Tuli Wily-Matagi, ATH, Kahuku, Hawaii; Donzale Roddie, WR, Paramount, Calif.; Chayden Johnson, K, South Jordan, Utah; Brandon Snell, WR (JC), Miami; Corey Butler, WR (JC), Wilmington, Calif.; Zach Lindsay, OT (JC), Kaysville, Utah
2015 commits: 3
Players: Jake Browning, QB, Folsom, Calif.; Trey Adams, OT, Wenatchee, Wash.; Myles Gaskin, RB, Seattle
2017 commit: 1
Player: Tathan Martell, QB, Poway, Calif.
2015 commits: 5
Players: Thomas Toki, DT, Mountain View, Calif.; Austin Joyner, RB, Marysville, Wash.; Tyler Hilinski, QB, Upland, Calif.; Kameron Powell, S, Upland, Calif.; James Williams, RB, Burbank, Calif.
- A look at Jerrard Randall and Jordan Allen from an LSU writer.
- The ASU athletic department plucked another guy from the NFL.
- Cal saw a slight increase in its APR.
- CU's sports information team was named one of the nation's best.
- Breaking down what De'Anthony Thomas brings to the Chiefs.
- Oregon State names football captains for the 2014 season.
- Ryan Hewitt's versatility will be a huge benefit in Bengals' camp.
- Jim Mora is hungry for a shot at the Pac-12 title.
- USC picked up a four-star defensive tackle commitment.
- What the Jets are getting in Utah LB/DE Trevor Reilly.
- What Bucs fans can expect from Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
- Tom Fornelli breaks down the buzz of Cougar football.
That got the Pac-12 blog thinking about where exactly all of those passes were going. Mannion had a terrific receiver in Brandin Cooks, but he also had a pretty great tight end in Connor Hamlett. Mariota had great receivers, but also had De’Anthony Thomas involved in the pass game. USC and Arizona State seemed to get their running backs and tight ends more involved, but how much more involved?
Well, the Pac-12 blog found answers to those questions and more.
As a whole, the conference's running backs were more involved in the pass game than its tight ends. Running backs accounted for an average of 21.8 percent of the receptions conference-wide. The low end of the conference was Colorado, whose backs made just 32 of its 235 receptions (13.6 percent). The high end was Arizona State, whose running backs accounted for 124 of its 309 receptions (40.1 percent).
But the running backs didn’t always turn those catches into yards. Though the position group accounted for 21.8 percent of the receptions, it only accounted for 16 percent of the total receiving yardage. With the Sun Devils throwing so often to their running backs, it seems pretty natural that they would have the highest percentage of their team’s yardage, which they did (32.3 percent). However, they weren’t the most efficient running backs in the conference -- that award goes to the USC running backs, who accounted for 27.2 percent of their team’s catches and 31 percent of their team’s receiving yardage.
The teams that were the closest to the Pac-12 average were Oregon State, UCLA and Washington State. Of these running backs, UCLA’s were the most efficient, accounting for 18 percent of the teams receiving yardage. Washington State’s running backs tallied 13.5 percent of the receiving yardage while Stanford’s backs picked up just 9.2 percent of their receiving yardage despite accounting for 21.1 percent of the team catches.
Conference-wide, tight ends were targeted about half as much as the running backs. On average, they picked up 9.5 percent of the catches, but were efficient as a group, tallying 10.5 percent of the Pac-12’s yardage.
Oregon State and Washington targeted tight ends the most. Beavers tight ends had 22.0 percent of the team's catches and Huskies TEs had 15.2 percent. The tight ends from those teams also gained the most yardage, though they flipped spots. Washington’s tight ends accounted for 20.2 percent of its team’s receiving yardage and Oregon State’s accounted for 19.1 percent of its team’s receiving yardage.
The least-involved tight ends can be found on the Arizona, UCLA and Washington State rosters. Those tight ends were either rarely or never involved in the passing game, which makes sense considering the offenses and how deep their respective receiver groups were in 2013.
So where exactly does that leave the wide receivers in this conference? If it’s good to be a running back at Arizona State, does that mean it’s not great to be a receiver there? Or if it’s great to be a tight end at Oregon State, does that mean it’s not great if you’re a receiver? (Answer to that last question: If you’re a receiver not named Brandin Cooks, then yes.)
On average, receivers accounted for 68.5 percent of the receptions in the league. The low end in this statistic would be Arizona State (47 percent), Oregon State (55.2 percent) and USC (59.6 percent). The high end is Arizona (84.1 percent), and then a few schools in the high 70s -- Washington State, UCLA and Colorado.
It comes as no surprise that this is where the biggest jump is in yardage. It’s a lot easier to pick up major yards on a post than a pitch. Because of that, the wide receivers accounted for 75.2 percent of the receiving yardage. Again, Arizona holds the high spot here with 90.2 percent of its team’s receiving yardage from the receivers. And again, Arizona State is on the low end, with just 51.6 percent of its receiving yardage coming from the receivers.
It’s good to be a quarterback in the Pac-12, which means it’s good to be a receiver here, too. But, if you look deeper at the numbers, how good it is really depends on who you are and where you go.
- The best value picks in the NFL draft -- some love for Arizona and Stanford.
- Arizona and Arizona State have a good showing in the draft.
- Damariay Drew was arrested and suspended from the Cal team.
- Colorado is looking to renew an old Big 12 rivalry.
- Four Ducks were drafted this weekend. Here's the rundown.
- One writer says the Saints' success rides on Brandin Cooks.
- A breakdown of the six Stanford players who were drafted.
- A one-on-one video interview with Anthony Barr in Minnesota.
- A few guesses at who steps up for USC's drafted players.
- Kyle Whittingham was pleased to see two of his guys drafted.
- Grading the Buccaneers' pick of Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
- John Fullington was picked up by the Packers.
Here is a look at who was selected on Saturday:
DE Cassius Marsh, UCLA: Seattle Seahawks, No. 108 overall pick
Note: Marsh will play for defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who is friends with UCLA coach Jim Mora.
WR Shaq Evans, UCLA: New York Jets, No. 115
So happy to be a part of the seahawks organization! Can't wait to get to work towards this next super bowl! #gohawks— cassius marsh (@CassiusMarsh) May 10, 2014
Note: Moving from the No. 2 media market to the No. 1, Evans caught a pass in 28 straight games to end his career.
CB Keith McGill, Utah: Oakland Raiders, No. 116
Note: Room for improvement after switching from safety to cornerback in his final season at Utah.
RB Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona: Chicago Bears, No. 117
Note: Draft stock took a hit from slow 40 time and diminished value of running backs in the NFL after running for more than 1,800 yards in his final two seasons.
LB Carl Bradford, Arizona State: Green Bay Packers, No. 121
You already know! Happy to be part of the fam! RT @LanceBriggs: What a draft! Chicago welcome fellow Wildcat and Bear, Ka'Deem Carey!— Ka'Deem Carey (@Kcarey25) May 10, 2014
Note: Left early to become first ASU linebacker drafted since Travis Goethel in 2010 (Raiders).
RB De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon: Kansas City Chiefs, No. 124
Note: Perhaps more so than any other from the conference, it will be interesting to see how his game -- based mostly on speed -- translates to the NFL.
Khairi Fortt, California: New Orleans Saints, No. 126
Note: Penn State transfer was one of two Cal players to get drafted (Richard Rodgers).
OT Cameron Fleming, Stanford: New England Patriots, No. 140
Note: Mild upset that he was drafted before teammate David Yankey, the more decorated player in college. Also, check out this excellent Grantland profile of Fleming leading up to the draft.
DE Taylor Hart, Oregon: Philadelphia Eagles, No. 141
Note: No surprise here. Chip Kelly has not shied away from taking Ducks and Pac-12 players.
OG David Yankey, Stanford: Minnesota Vikings, No. 145
So proud to be a Philadelphia Eagle and reunite with coach kelly!— Taylor Hart (@Taylor_Hart66) May 10, 2014
Note: Vikings offensive line coach Jeff Davidson is the father of Stanford offensive lineman Nick Davidson.
Shaquille Richardson, Arizona: Pittsburgh Steelers, No. 157
Note: The Steelers had more defensive backs over the age of 30 than any team in the NFL last season.
S Ed Reynolds, Stanford: Philadelphia Eagles, No. 162
Note: Will join former Stanford teammate Zach Ertz with the Eagles.
OLB Devon Kennard, USC: New York Giants, No. 174
Note: Experienced at both defensive end and outside linebacker, Kennard joins a Giants team that employs a 4-3 defense.
NEW YORK GIANTS!!!! TO GOD BE THE GLORY— Devon Kennard (@DevonKennard42) May 10, 2014
LB Jordan Zumwalt, UCLA: Pittsburgh Steelers, No. 192
Note: On the surface it's a perfect fit. Zumwalt's blue-collar reputation should mesh well in Pittsburgh.
RB Marion Grice, Arizona State: San Diego Chargers, No. 201
Note: Good chance to make the roster as a third-down back.
Tyler Gaffney, Stanford: Carolina Panthers, No. 204
Note: Was a 24th-round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012, but put baseball dreams on hold to pursue football.
LB Marquis Flowers, Arizona: Cincinnati Bengals, No. 212
Note: Flowers will join a linebacker group that includes former college rival Vontaze Burfict, formerly of Arizona State.
Cincinnati Bengals.....#WeMadeIt— Marquis Flowers (@MrHitThat_2) May 10, 2014
DE Ben Gardner, Stanford: Dallas Cowboys, No. 231
Note: Snubbed from the Senior Bowl, Gardner received all-Pac-12 honors three times and was a first-team selection as a senior.
LB Trevor Reilly, Utah: New York Jets, No. 233
COWBOYS BABAYYYYY!!! Time to get to work— Ben Gardner (@BennyG49) May 10, 2014
Note: Supported wife and two kids during senior season by buying various items, often electronics, online and selling them for more elsewhere.
CB Terrance Mitchell, Oregon: Dallas Cowboys, No. 254.
Note: Left with a season of eligibility remaining. Third-to-last pick of the draft.
- Power ranking every Pac-12 team post spring practices.
- Arizona picked up another OL commit.
- Character drives ASU's recruiting model.
- Is California QB Brady White down to Cal and ASU?
- Colorado's post-spring game depth chart.
- DL Sam Kamp is up 35 pounds this spring.
- Joel Skotte won't play for the Beavers this year.
- Great Q&A with David Shaw (if you missed the tweet yesterday).
- Projecting UCLA's post-spring two deep.
- Should USC take two QBs in 2015 ?
- Former Utah LB playing in the German Football League.
- Keith Price keeps needing to prove himself.
- Snoop Dogg and some Washington State players.
Where: Memorial Stadium
Kickoff: 11 a.m. PT
TV: Pac-12 Network (Replays throughout the week)
What to watch: The Bears have a new defensive coordinator … again … so watching them adjust to Art Kaufman’s 4-3 vs. Andy Buh’s 4-3 will be of note. Though a depth chart was recently released, there are still a few positions up for grabs. There are some questions about the right side of the offensive line and backup quarterbacks can usually make an impression in the spring. The depth chart lists an “or” between Austin Hinder and Kyle Boehm, so expect those two to jockey for position behind incumbent starter Jared Goff. The event is free and there will be giveaways and kids’ activities. Click here for details.
Where: StubHub Center, Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 5 p.m. PT
TV: Pac-12 Network (Replays throughout the week)
What to watch: As has been the case with UCLA the last couple of years, youth and injuries make for some mixing and matching on the offensive line. This spring has proven no different, so look for the right tackle spot to be highly competitive beyond Saturday’s game. The running backs are intriguing as well. Offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone saidJordon James has evolved into the one-cut runner that he wants him to be, but Paul Perkins, Steven Manfro and touted redshirt freshman Craig Lee will push for carries. Finding a suitable backup for Brett Hundley, be it Asiantii Woulard or Jerry Neuheisel, is also a top priority, and the spring game could create some separation. Note, tickets are $5 in advance, $10 day of (free for UCLA students and children 2 and younger). Parking is $15. Players will be available for autographs between 3 and 3:45. Click here for details.
Where: Joe Albi Stadium, Spokane, Wash.
Kickoff: 1 p.m. PT
TV: Pac-12 Network (Replays throughout the week)
What to watch: This is the fourth year the Cougars will be holding their spring game in Spokane. All reports are that quarterback Connor Halliday has shown a strong command of the offense and wide receiver Vince Mayle has been outstanding. However, the big question mark still lies in the secondary, where definitely three -- maybe four -- positions are still up for grabs. The spring depth chart has Charleston White and Daquawn Brown at the corner spots and Isaac Dotson and Taylor Taliulu as the safeties. But those won't be set in stone for a while. There are other position groups of interest, naturally. But defensive coordinator Mike Breske told the Pac-12 blog, while he likes his front seven, the back end of the defense, without question, has been the biggest point of emphasis this spring.
- A quick Brady Hoke comment on the Rich Rod transition at Michigan.
- A new twist in Arizona State's spring game.
- Fabiano Hale is back practicing for Cal, as is his alleged assailant.
- Former QB to be inducted into Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.
- Photos of the equipment Oregon uses in practice.
- The forgotten piece of the Oregon State backup QB battle.
- Could David Yankey be the Seahawks' pick at No. 32?
- Some UCLA reaction to the unlimited meals rule change.
- A true freshman could start on USC's offensive line.
- Utah's offensive tempo is better in practice this week.
- UW is revealing uniforms today; watch the players' reaction here.
- An update on Washington State's center battle.
- Rich Rodriguez is seeing progress at Arizona following spring game.
- ASU might ban kegs from tailgates and are now charging students for football tickets -- this might not end well.
- Notes from Cal's intense practice on Saturday.
- Coloardo coaches are excited to see more of back up QB Jordan Gehrke next fall.
- Dior Mathis carries a lot, and it has helped him in Oregon's CB race.
- OC John Garrett working to refine the Beavers' offense this spring.
- Stanford's spring game recap, plus other notes.
- A collection of notes from UCLA as it goes into its third week.
- Will USC have a featured back or committee approach?
- Utah's offense not playing with enough tempo yet.
- Notes and video from Washington's 12th practice.
- WR Vince Mayle has come into the spring a more sleek, slender player.
- Bonus link: Bo Pelini brought his cat to Nebraska's spring game -- the story behind all that.
- The secondary is primary for Arizona this spring. … Bonus link: Rich Rodriguez believes in ice cream at football practice.
- De'Marieya Nelson needs to take it to the next level for Arizona State.
- Notes from the midway point of Cal's spring season.
- LB Addison Gillam is getting stronger, being pushed by Brady Daigh.
- Oregon's tall D-line is looking to play low this spring.
- Victor Bolden has big shoes to fill for the Beavers.
- Stanford is hosting a Google+ Hangout after the spring game.
- Malcolm Bunche arrived at UCLA at the perfect time.
- TB Justin Davis is eager to return after his ankle injury last season.
- Uaea Masina might be smaller, but he's making the most of this spring.
- UW OC Jonathan Smith mic'd up (video) at practice.
- Washington State added a running back transfer from Boise State.
- Jesse Scroggins is making a push to win the Arizona quarterback job.
- Arizona State coach coach Todd Graham is looking for more from senior running back Deantre Lewis.
- An interview with California coach Sonny Dykes via 49ers.com, which touches on the game vs. Oregon at Levi's Stadium, QB Jared Goff and Cal's connections to the 49ers.
- Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre is now responsible for coaching cornerbacks and assistant Andy LaRussa has switched to defensive ends.
- Former Oregon running back De'Anthony Thomas reportedly visited the Chicago Bears on Tuesday.
- The dean of Pac-12 coaches, Mike Riley, sat down with The Oregonian for a wide-ranging interview that touched on potential Rose Bowl expectations.
- An encompassing look at the Stanford offense's progress this spring.
- Here is a list of five UCLA players who need to prove themselves this spring.
- Former USC receiver Marqise Lee took a trip to visit the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday.
- Utah is seeing signs of an improvement in a secondary which struggled last season.
- New strength and conditioning coach Tim Socha is making things fun at Washington.
- A spring practice report from Day 6 at Washington State.
- Athlon picked an All-Pac-12 team comprised of BCS-era players.
- Arizona's Samajie Grant is learning a fifth position.
- The ASU offensive line is beginning to take shape.
- Updates from Cal's Monday practice, plus notes.
- Sean Irwin looks to be a promising tight end for Colorado.
- Marcus Mariota on player unionization: A degree "fulfills what we need."
- Oregon State wants its tight ends to be "Renaissance Men."
- Keanu Nelson will play his final year at BYU.
- Football coaches from Japan attended UCLA's recent practices.
- Six USC players who need to turn it around this spring.
- Utah's schedule this season is backloaded. Is it also too tough?
- Washington wide receivers coach Brent Pease was mic'd up at a recent practice (video).
- What would a football players union look like at Washington State?
- A walk-on is standing out on the D-line for Arizona.
- ASU WR Ellis Jefferson is ready to produce.
- Video and notes from Sonny Dykes and Rob Likens.
- Colorado-Colorado State was moved up, and it's a night game.
- The weight of expectations is increasing in Eugene.
- Gina Mizell and Connor Letourneau discuss day 2 at Oregon State.
- An NFL draft scouting report of Tyler Gaffney.
- Neither Aaron Wallace nor Aaron Porter is currently enrolled at UCLA.
- USC responds well to coaches' criticisms in Thursday's practice.
- Utah spring camp report: day 8.
- Gregory Ducre is another Washington player that impressed at pro day.
- John Canzano stopped by Pullman to chat with Mike Leach.