Sunday, September 7, 2008
Pac-10 Morning: Who's the Best man for Heisman?
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
- Arizona RB Nic Grigsby is on the cusp of breaking through after scoring three TDs in the blowout win over Toledo. Two other items from Arizona Daily Star: Tight end Rob Gronkowski might return for next week's trip to New Mexico and WR Terrell Reese has been suspended for academics and a DUI arrest.
- Arizona State was strong in all phases against Stanford, and credit is due coach Dennis Erickson for how his team stepped up. Of course, fans are already thinking about Georgia. Game notes.
- California may be really good, but it's also possible that Washington State is just really bad. It's fair to say, though, that Jahvid is among the Best in the Pac-10. But is he an Heisman Trophy candidate? Another encouraging tidbit: WR Nyan Boateng, who struggled in the opener, led the Bears with four receptions for 44 yards, but he was the only WR who had a decent day.
- Even with its backups playing much of the game, Oregon piled up a school-record 688 total yards against Utah State. The bad news is TB Jeremiah Johnson suffered a shoulder injury, which is why LeGarrette Blount had 132 yards on 18 carries. Has the Justin Roper Era begun? Notebook leads with getting TE Ed Dickson into the offense. What about the defense?
- Oregon State is licking its wounds after getting blown up at Penn State. So when does the second-half surge begin? Few Beavers played well, but one of the few was freshman Jacquizz Rodgers.
- Stanford just couldn't match Arizona State's firepower. It appears coach Jim Harbaugh plans to shuffle his QBs, and note that WR Richard Sherman aggravated his sprained knee.
- Looking at the UCLA secondary. This is why Rick Neuheisel said "Punting is winning."
- This isn't USC and Ohio State's first campfire together. A Small Buckeye trash talks USC. Might the Trojans get overconfident after watching Ohio State struggle against Ohio? The story behind USC DL coach Dave Watson's addiction to pain killers.
- Bob Condotta collects some reactions to the celebration call against Washington QB Jake Locker. Steve Kelly thinks the call was, er, bad. So did John McGrath. Condotta updates on safety Darin Harris, who made everyone nervous when he was carted off the field. Molly Yanity's take on the game, which BYU's offense dominated.
- After absorbing the worst loss in school history -- 66-3 vs. California -- Washington State may change QBs because Gary Rogers isn't getting it done.