- Kevin Gemmell, ESPN Staff Writer
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Some news and notes from around the conference:
Cal started double-day workouts over the weekend. And while head coach Jeff Tedford was pleased with the morning session Saturday, he said he felt like the late session lacked some pop.
“I was not pleased with the afternoon practice,” he said. “We started out very slow. The defense played well, but offensively we didn’t execute very well in the first half of the second practice. We picked it up towards the end.”
Offensive lineman Tyler Rigsbee said even though the two-a-days are tough, it's a good chance for the younger guys to get acclimated to the college game.
“This is kind of a big day for us,” Rigsbee said. “We’ve been in camp but we’ve had school so this is really the first day we’ve been able to come together and crank out a two-a-day, and teach the young guys what it’s about to compete. You’re going to be uncomfortable and it’s going to be a grind, but that’s what football is about. We’re going to be a tough team.”
“It was our first time out in the Coliseum and it was good to see the guys in action, although the young players made some mistakes,” said third-year USC head coach Lane Kiffin. “The defense was ahead of the offense a lot of the time. But we got in some good work.”
Robert Woods led all receivers with four catches for 55 yards.
After a "physical" afternoon practice in full pads on Saturday, the Huskies took a field trip to see former Washington players Jake Locker and Devin Aguilar of the Tennessee Titans play against the Seahawks.
But before that, running back Jesse Callier shined in a goal-line drill and freshman Cyler Miles connected with Kasen Williams on a touchdown pass. That was enough to earn the team a trip to CenturyLink Field.
"It's a great team bonding activity that we like to do every year," said head coach Steve Sarkisian said. "... It's a little bit of reward. These guys are working their tails off. This has been a physical week of work and guys have been grinding away -- the meetings, the studying of stuff. ... It's hopefully a way I can reward them. It's something fun to do so that they continue to enjoy the experience of being here. For a bunch of these guys this [was their] first time going to an NFL football game."
As you'd expect, the reports out of Pullman are about touchdowns. Passing touchdowns. Lots of them. In a scrimmage over the weekend, projected starting quarterback Jeff Tuel tossed four touchdowns, Connor Halliday threw three touchdowns and David Gilbertson tossed another.
Tuel finished the session 14-of-19 for 183 yards and an interception. Halliday was 12-of-20 for 223 yards and Gilbertson was 5-of-11 for 59 yards.
Marquess Wilson caught for balls four 65 yards that included a 34-yard touchdown from Tuel and a 3-yard touchdown from Halliday.
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