Pac-12: Chris Mortensen
August, 3, 2010
By Ted Miller | ESPN.com
I been silent so long now it's gonna roar out of me like floodwaters and you think the guy telling this is ranting and raving my God; you think this is too horrible to have really happened, this is too awful to be the truth! But, please. It's still hard for me to have a clear mind thinking on it. But it's the truth even if it didn't happen.
- A key Arizona recruit must pass a test in order to join the Wildcats.
- Arizona State coach Dennis Erickson isn't a fan of the "hot seat" talk. Former Sun Devils offensive lineman Shawn Lauvao is doing well with the Browns.
- California coach Jeff Tedford doesn't seem too bothered about losing defensive end recruit Chris Martin to Florida. The Bears have questions at receiver. Tedford wants to lighten up and have fun.
- Quarterback Nate Costa is ready to lead Oregon. The Ducks contemplate future schedules.
- More from Oregon State's all-decade team: defensive ends.
- Is this the guy to replace Toby Gerhart?
- A burning question for UCLA at running back. Former defensive tackle Brian Price is doing well in Tampa.
- What are USC's three biggest concerns? And strengths?
- Washington fans are excited about returning to relevancy, but they are not rushing the ticket window just yet.
- Washington State' running back James Montgomery is smiling and ready for a comeback.
September, 22, 2009
By Ted Miller | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
Los Angeles Times columnist T.J. Simers is one of a kind. When he shows up in the interview room, coaches and athletes start to sweat and look for the exit -- even a guy who often enjoys verbal duels, such as USC coach Pete Carroll.
|AP Photo/Elaine Thompson|
|If Jake Locker keeps this pace up, he could become a Heisman Trophy candidate.|
Simer's column about Carroll, USC and the disappearance of No. 3 QB Mitch Mustain is interesting in itself.
But this quote from Carroll about Washington quarterback Jake Locker caught my eye:
"That's the best quarterback we've played in nine years here," Carroll said when told Washington has beaten only Idaho and USC the last two years. " Jake Locker has ridiculous talent, and had he remained healthy last year, Tyrone [Willingham] would still be coaching there."
Er, Vince Young? Aaron Rodgers? Dennis Dixon?
Still, Carroll doesn't sling around such high praise for opposing players after a game that often.
Locker is presently 20th in the nation in total offense with 288 yards per game. He's thrown more passes this year -- 105 [Edit note: This total was changed from 63, the number of completions Locker has] -- than any other Pac-10 quarterback but he has only one interception with five touchdowns.
Carroll's quote and the early numbers raise a question.
If Washington, a team that just two over weeks ago was riding a 15-game losing streak, keeps winning, and Locker keeps putting up impressive numbers, how much longer until he becomes a Heisman Trophy candidate?
There's also been chatter of late that Locker might be playing his way into being a high pick in the 2010 NFL draft. Chris Mortensen tweeted that Locker and Sam Bradford are in a "real competition" to be the No. 1 quarterback in next year's draft.
If he opts to return for his senior year, he'd almost certainly be among the top-five preseason candidates for the 2010 Heisman Trophy.
A year ago vs. Stanford, Locker busted up his thumb, which ended his season, and he thereafter watched as his already-fired coach and the Huskies go on a college football version of the Bataan Death March. He was miserable.
Now, with a date at Stanford on Saturday, he's a high-profile baseball prospect under contract with the L.A. Angels and he's being touted as an elite NFL prospect.
And the Huskies are nationally ranked.
Sometimes life gives you lemons. And then it hands you a plate of shrimp and oysters to go with the lemons.
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