Monday, June 11, 2012
Pac-12 media day lineup
By Ted Miller
Pac-12 media day is July 24 at Universal Studios in Los Angeles. Kevin and I will be there, diligently polishing the bland overflow of verbiage into shiny nuggets of fun and useful information.
But the chief question on your mind is this: Who shall tell you reporters about how offseason workouts were the best IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD and that this team has great chemistry and leadership?
I have an answer, in order of appearance.
Colorado -- Coach Jon Embree, David Bakhtiari (OT), Douglas Rippy (ILB)
Arizona -- Coach Rich Rodriguez, Matt Scott (QB), Jake Fisher (LB)
Arizona State -- Coach Todd Graham, Cameron Marshall (RB), Brandon Magee (LB)
Utah -- Coach Kyle Whittingham, John White (RB), Star Lotulelei (DT)
UCLA -- Coach Jim Mora, Johnathan Franklin (RB), Tevin McDonald (FS)
USC -- Coach Lane Kiffin, Matt Barkley (QB), T.J. McDonald (S)
Washington State -- Coach Mike Leach, Jeff Tuel (QB), Travis Long (DE)
Oregon State -- Coach Mike Riley, Markus Wheaton (WR), Jordan Poyer (CB)
California -- Coach Jeff Tedford, Keenan Allen (WR), Marc Anthony (DB)
Washington - Coach Steve Sarkisian, Keith Price (QB), Desmond Trufant (CB)
Stanford -- Coach David Shaw, Stepfan Taylor (RB), Chase Thomas (OLB)
Oregon -- Coach Chip Kelly, Kenjon Barner (RB), Michael Clay (LB)
Couple of things. First, this is the first time the Pac-12 is bringing two players rather than one. That's good for everyone, particularly with a player representing both offense and defense.
Further, this is the right list of players. Previous years, at least one team would leave a superstar at home, either because he was media shy or because he was too chatty. For example, last year Oregon brought tight end David Paulson instead of running back LaMichael James or even QB Darron Thomas. The Pac-12 blog esteems Paulson as a player and a person, but leaving the Doak Walker Award winner at home was pretty lame.