Pac-10 lunch links: Stanford kicks off spring practices


Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Stanford is the first to begin spring practices -- do you smell the freshly cut grass?

  • Former Arizona defensive end Johnathan Turner, whose career ended after he was charged last spring with sexually assaulting a woman at a party, is considering a plea deal.

  • The Wildcats' new running backs coach should hit the ground running.

  • To help get acclimated to two new offensive staff hires, California has pushed spring practices back four days.

  • What's going on with JC receiver Tyrece Gaines and his paperwork at Oregon?

  • Stanford has a lot of guys back and a lot of questions this spring.

  • Experience -- lots of it as a defensive coordinator -- is why Tim Hundley is UCLA's new secondary coach.

  • Checking in with the Washington defensive ends, who need to produce more -- a lot more -- pressure next fall.

  • Which Pac-10 team is Running Back U? And here's a list of the top backs each school has produced from 1999-2008.