Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Quick hits from Pac-10 teleconference
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
Some tidbits from the weekly Pac-10 coaches teleconference that might be of interest.
- Arizona coach Mike Stoops would only say that tight end Rob Gronkowski is showing "signs of getting better" and will be limited in what he can do this week. Gronkowski won't play Saturday against Northern Arizona, and Stoops wouldn't say whether Gronkowski would be ready for Iowa on Sept. 19.
- Arizona State coach Dennis Erickson said defensive tackle Lawrence Guy (biceps) should return to practice this week. The Sun Devils have a bye this week.
- California coach Jeff Tedford said that reserve tight end Spencer Ladner (knee) will get an MRI on his knee Tuesday. The Bears already lost starting tight end Tad Smith for the year to a knee injury. That leaves Cal with sophomore Anthony Miller -- who caught one pass last year -- and redshirt freshmen Skylar Curran and Jarrett Sparks.
- Oregon coach Chip Kelly said the Ducks had their second consecutive good practice and that suspended running back LeGarrette Blount was on hand and "has followed the plan" the school set out to remain with the team. Blount didn't dress for practice.
- Oregon State coach Mike Riley said backup tailback Ryan McCants (knee) might be ready to play when Cincinnati comes to town on Sept. 19.
- Washington State coach Paul Wulff said that Kevin Lopina will start again at quarterback for the Cougars against Hawaii. Marshall Lobbestael might play, but Wulff said that Lopina "managed the offense better" against Stanford.