Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Pac-10 Morning: Forget the QBs -- can USC run?
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
Links celebrating another beautiful day in the Bay Area.
- Arizona takes its preseason workouts to Camp Huachuca. But ticket sales are down for the program in a critical year for coach Mike Stoops.
- Arizona State held a scrimmage and the OL played pretty well, and a couple of freshmen -- WR Gerell Robinson and RB Ryan Bass -- stood out, as did a walk-on, RB James Morrison. More good news: WR Nate Kimbrough doesn't need surgery.
- The quarterback competition at California? Said Jeff Tedford: "We'll see if one separates; right now, it kind of goes back and forth and back and forth. We'll see if one establishes himself in the next couple of weeks. If not, we'll make a decision on who will take the first reps and go from there." The injury news from practice included an abdominal injury to LB Worrell Williams, but Jonathan Okanes' practice report includes many good tidbits, including a potential shake-up at kicker.
- How do Oregon Ducks survive two-a-days? Cautiously. Still, rover Patrick Chung doesn't make things easy for receivers. Injured freshman QB Chris Harper is trying to get back into the swing of things. A complete practice report.
- The Corvallis Gazette Times' Oregon State practice report leads with good thoughts on skill guys. But the Beavers are still looking for a right offensive tackle. Paul Buker offers his practice -- and Sumo -- thoughts.
- Reports from Stanford camp say Tavita Pritchard is taking the lead to start at QB.
- A look at the UCLA wide receivers, with a note on a position change for Jess Ward from DL to OL. Things are good at punter. Bruins Nation wishes the media would take it easy on the panic button because UCLA has lost QB Ben Olson. Speaking of Olson, here's what the school said about his foot surgery: "A new screw was inserted in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot to assist with the healing process.The procedure also included a bone graft to help heal the fracture. He will be in a non-weight bearing situation (crutches) for the near future and the timetime for Olson's return is still approximately eight weeks."
- With QB Mark Sanchez on the sidelines with his bum knee, the USC offense didn't do terribly well in Tuesday's scrimmage. Beyond the QB competition was a sluggish running game. A look at the Trojans strength matters.
- Washington is young at WR, but will the Huskies be good there? Another starter is injured. Bob Condotta had this observation about hits to the Huskies projected lineup: "... that meant that the Huskies practiced today without three projected offensive starters heading into the year -- Gottlieb, Locker and Brandon Johnson--- with Juan Garcia also still not 100 percent (though admittedly way ahead of where anyone thought). Throw in the depature of Curtis Shaw and the loss of E.J. Savannah, and that's six potential starters in varying states of unavailablity at the moment." Meanwhile, the Huskies are trying to cultivated depth on the DL.
- Checking out the Washington State tight ends. Devin Frischknecht and Ben Woodard are both married -- and Woodard is an old man at 26.
- Finally, do we need another bowl game? Seattle thinks so.