Pac-10 Morning: Reggie Bush wants quiet
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
After watching that video below, you may think I have a face for blogging...
- An update from the Orange County Register on the seemingly endless Reggie Bush case. The Bush camp is trying to keep things quiet, and a judge is expected to rule on that Friday.
- Some good notes from Rob Moseley on the Ducks' QB situation and other offensive issues after he chatted with offensive coordinator Chip Kelly. As for the QBs:
At quarterback, Nate Costa definitely leads the depth chart entering camp. Justin Roper isn't that far behind, but he missed a chance to separate himself from the pack in spring ball, when Costa was still slowed by his recovery from knee surgery. Jeremiah Masoli and Chris Harper have been film-room junkies; not to say Darron Thomas hasn't been (he could be on a different film schedule, or watching DVDs at home) but Chip has heard it mentioned from a lot of players that Masoli and Harper are putting in a lot of film time. Kelly won't commit to definitely using Harper or Thomas this fall
- Molly Yanity played golf this week with Washington defensive line coach Randy Hart as part of a Huskies media event. While that's big news, what caught my eye was her blog entry about hard hits (Hart's in favor of them) and specifically Hart's feelings on the knock-out hit that Oregon State safety Al Afalava put on Jake Locker. Here's the relevant part:
The first thought that popped into my head was the recent memory of Oregon State safety Al Afalava hitting Huskies quarterback Jake Locker, who was promptly strapped to a board and left the stadium in an ambulance.
I asked Hart what he thought of that and he summed it up in one word.
"Legal," the veteran coach said.
Hart said he thought Afalava saw a quarterback trying to run for a first down. A tough defensive player's first instinct should be "Sick 'em!"
Hart noted Locker was in bounds. "Part of that is on Jake," Hart said. Then Hart added, "But that's also Jake's, too, so what do you do?"
I agree with Hart. That was an aggressive play but it wasn't dirty, as some UW fans have insisted. In fact, it speaks more to what Locker needs to avoid this season.
- USC Blitz looks at how the Trojans QBs stack up for future seasons. Don't sense a lot of worry here.
- Speaking of QBs, Jake Curtis sees issues at the position across the country.
- Losing a touted JC offensive lineman won't stop Arizona from continuing to go after JC players.
- Do coaches sometimes get too "thinky?" Yes. A good example is Jeff Tedford taking the names off the back of California's jerseys. There is one -- and only one -- result of doing that: Casual fans, who haven't memorized more than a handful of numbers, don't know who's doing what for their favorite team. So it's "What to go, er, 63!" Therefore, yes, I second this commentary.
- Addicted to Quack (best name for a sports blog? Maybe.) gives its take on the Ducks-Beavers rivalry.
- In the interest of equal time, Building the Dam (best logo for a blog? Maybe.) lists "His Guys" -- players he believes "aren't receiving sufficient hype."
- And, more for the Beavs, Cliff Kirkpatrick looks at the Oregon State offensive line, which might be good but has a very thin margin for error in terms of depth.
- Anthony Gimino of the Tucson Citizen gives you his preseason AP vote. I can't believe he didn't see fit to at least rank the University of Richmond Spiders.
- This entry at the WSU FOOTBALL BLOG! not only looks at the Pac-10, it tells you which game each team will win. It almost eliminates the need for those nine hours in front of the TV on Saturdays this fall. Almost. It also includes a photo of a most excellent mullet.