Pac-10 Morning: Olson third conference QB to go down
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
If you are a Pac-10 QB, please, don't get out of bed today. Just read these links.
- Bad things happen in threes? The top story today is UCLA QB Ben Olson living up to the"oft-injured" that oft appears before his name. Olson was carted off the field yesterday, joining USC Mark Sanchez and Washington's Jake Locker among the Pac-10 QB M.A.S.H. unit -- though it appears that Sanchez and Locker might not be as bad off as first expected. If Olson is out, then the JC transfer Kevin Craft is the leader to step in, with redshirt freshman Chris Forcier and freshman Kevin Prince also possibilities, as is Osaar Rasshan, the only other QB on the roster who's thrown a pass in a Bruins game uniform.
- The Arizona offense looked good during a Saturday scrimmage, but a fight marred the fun.
- It's not easy being the backup QB at Arizona State. Danny Sullivan has watched Rudy Carpenter start 31 consecutive games. And, if we mention Sun Devils QBs, you just know we can't avoid saying something about the questionable offensive line. Of course, if the line comes through, there are plenty of guys to throw to, including Kerry Taylor.
- Don't write off California's Nate Longshore just yet. With Cal's new 3-4 defense there are, obviously, only three DL spots. So guys have to work to get into the rotation. A true freshman appears headed for the rotation at WR. An old guy, too. This comes from the California football office, but it's interesting: Cal needs to rebuild its receiving corps, and the standout thus far is a bit of a surprise, senior Sean Young:
The prettiest play of the day may have been sophomore Kevin Riley
delivering a perfect 33-yard pass to senior Sean Young in the end zone.
Young also made an impressive leaping grab of a pass to continue his
"Sean Young's having a great camp," Tedford said. "Right now he's
definitely in the rotation. He's probably had the most consistent, best
camp of any of our receivers. It's great to see because he's been here a
long time and he's finally staying healthy, knock on wood. He's always
shown flashes; he's doing a great job and catching a lot of balls."
- Good day for the O at Oregon. More on the passing game.
- Highlights from Oregon State's first scrimmage. And a position-by-position breakdown here. Still no OG Jeremy Perry or QB Sean Canfield, though.
- Interviewing the interviewer: A Q&A with Michelle Smith, the Stanford beat writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. And here's Michelle's story on a miraculous recovery. Perhaps the defense will showcase a recovery of its own this season.
- Bruins Nation breaks down another Neuheisel profile but finds an interesting angle -- Neuheisel was so hungry to get back into the college game he was willing to become Karl Dorrell's offensive coordinator -- you know, work for the man he replaced.
- The second item in Bob Condotta's notebook is big: Washington may shortly have a new athletic director. And some further notes on Day 6. More on Locker.
- The pace is picking up at Washington State. The culture also is changing. Bud Withers' effort here should be a must-read for Cougars fans. And here's a practice report.