Thursday, August 21, 2008
Pac-10 Morning: Getting hurt, getting healthy
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
These links are fighting through camp legs and are ready to hit someone other than a teammate.
- What time is it? Well, if you're at Arizona it's Xavier Kelly time -- mostly because it's no longer Spencer Larsen time. Kelly and his defensive mates intercepted four passes in a scrimmage Wednesday.
- Arizona State owns a questionable offensive line, but a few years ago Norco (Calif.) High School didn't -- yes, there's a connection there. The Sun Devils tight ends are unknown but working hard.
- California is strong at LB, so it should tell you something that freshman Mychal Kendricks is pushing hard for playing time (can tell you first-hand he's a good-looking player). Also, the story notes that incumbent kicker Jordan Kay is in a tight competition with walk-on freshman David Seawright. Post-practice reflections... starting quarterback announcement here... KIDDING!
- Oregon is under a cone of silence but Rob Moseley has a pass key, though it doesn't get him to the high-security level where it's revealed if Justin Roper has indeed caught Nate Costa in the preseason QB competition.
- Oregon State's backup CB James Dockery hurt his knee lifting weights and backup QB Sean Canfield won't be available for the opener so redshirt freshman Justin Engstrom will backup Lyle Moevao. And how's the rebuilt defense looking -- and how fast can it start?
- Like many teams, Stanford is tired and suffering "camp legs." Freshman receiver Chris Owusu is suffering from "camp knee injury" and will be out a few weeks. Owusu would have been a key contributor for a rebuilding receiving corps. Bud Withers checks in with Stanford.
- It's Tennessee Time at UCLA, the good news tidbit from that report is tackle Micah Kia is going to try to play with a broken hand. Talented frosh TB Aundre Dean is learning a valuable lesson -- Thou shalt not run up-right or the wrath of the safety shall taketh your breath. Bruins fans feeling blue (not pastel blue) should look to the interior of the DL for an optimism jolt. More on contributing freshmen.
- USC QB Mark Sanchez continues to recover quickly and, according to the LA Times Gary Klein, "If the junior has no setbacks, he will participate in all drills next week and probably start the opener." It's also possible that RB C.J. Gable will be ready for the opener at Virginia. Gable's ankle and hip injuries appeared fairly bad on Tuesday, but Trojans apparently heal quickly. He's probably the best all-around player in the Trojans backfield.
- Molly Yanity writes about the amazing recovery of Washington's All-Pac-10 center Juan Garcia, who could play against Oregon in the opener. It's Day 17 at Washington. Bob Condotta writes about Tyrone Willingham's closed practice policy.
- A look at Washington State's special teams, which haven't been very special in recent years. Considering the Cougars DL.
- Jon Wilner projects the BCS bowl games.