Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Pac-12 morning links
By Kyle Bonagura
Gooooooooooood morninggg Vietnam! It's 0600 hours. What does the "O" stand for? O my God, it's early! Speaking of early, let's hear it for that Marty Lee Drywitz. Silky smooth sounds, making me sound like Peggy Lee.
- Rules are rules -- even if you happen to be a two-way player generating some Heisman buzz. UCLA coach Jim Mora booted Myles Jack from practice Monday morning after the linebacker/running back got into what Jack Wang of the Los Angeles Daily News referred to as a "scuffle with right tackle Caleb Benenoch." It didn't turn out to be anything more than a run-of-the-mill training camp dust-up -- Jack rejoined the team for the afternoon practice.
- Stanford's already-crowded backfield is getting more competition. Coach David Shaw said Monday that true freshman running back Christian McCaffrey has "shown that he’s ready to play." Quarterback guru George Whitfield had the opportunity to watch practice Monday and shared a favorable impression of McCaffrey, tweeting: "Easily, the most exciting player on #Stanford very talented practice field was Freshman Christian McCaffrey. #killer #WouldBallAnywhere"
- USA Today's Paul Myerberg does a great job counting down every FBS team from No. 128 to No. 1. On Monday, Arizona checked in ranked at No. 26. And just how deep is the Pac-12 this year? The fact that the Pac-12 blog ranked the Wildcats No. 9 in the conference on Monday should speak to that pretty well.
- Maybe you saw former WSU kicker Andrew Furney kick a 51-yard field goal to give the Jets a preseason win last week. Jacob Thorpe of the Spokesman-Review has a look for what life-after-Furney will be like in Pullman.
- Oregon suffered a big blow with the loss of left tackle Tyler Johnstone, but with him out, Tyson Alger of the Oregonian addresses where the Ducks will go from here. Spoiler: get to know the name Andre Yruretagoyena (and just because it looks fun to pronounce).
- Oklahoma transfer Kendal Thompson is starting to feel more comfortable with his new team, but it doesn't look like he's poised to unseat starter Travis Wilson. Utah QB coach Aaron Roderick told the Deseret News Thompson is at his best on the run, but hasn't been able to showcase that much since he's been off limits to defenders in practice.