Pac-12: Damola Adeniji
Kjos, who missed the 2007 season with a back injury, started three games in his career and caught 10 passes for 103 yards with one touchdown.
“It’s always disappointing when a player has to leave the sport due to injury,” coach Mike Riley said in a statement. “Casey has fought back injuries for a couple of seasons and I know it was a difficult decision for him to make. He has been a very committed and hard working player for Oregon State and we certainly wish him all the best.”
Said Kjos, “It was an extremely difficult decision not only due to the fact that I love this game, but that I love this team, love my teammates and love the coaches. I have been blessed and am very thankful for the opportunities Coach Riley and the other coaches have given me. There are no other coaches like them.”
Kjos is a two-time Pac-10 Conference All-Academic First Team selection and is on track to earn bachelor’s degrees in psychology and sociology in June, the school reported.
Kjos' departure and the graduation of Damola Adeniji means the Beavers lose two receivers from their 2009 depth chart. Seven receivers return, including James Rodgers, Geno Munoz, Jordan Bishop, Markus Wheaton, Darrell Catchings, Kevan Walker and Aaron Nichols.
Catchings, listed as a senior, is seeking a medical hardship redshirt after playing in just two games last year due to wrist and ankle injuries.
You may notice a lot of USC and UCLA players. You might remember that the LA schools posted the conference's only two wins.
QB Matt Barkley, USC: Barkley completed 27 of 37 throws for 350 yards with two touchdowns against Boston College in the Emerald Bowl. He also had two interceptions.
RB Toby Gerhart, Stanford: Against an Oklahoma defense ganging up on him, he rushed for 133 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries in a Sun Bowl loss.
RB Stanley Havili, USC: He only rushed for 2 yards, but he also he caught six passes for 83 yards with two touchdowns.
WR Damian Williams, USC: He caught 12 passes for a season-high 189 yards.
WR Damola Adeniji, Oregon State: He caught seven passes for 102 yards and a touchdown in the Beavers' Las Vegas Bowl loss to BYU.
TE Anthony Miller, California: He led Cal with five receptions for 55 yards in the Poinsettia Bowl loss to Utah.
OL Chris Marinelli, Stanford: The offense was without its starting quarterback, but Gerhart gained 133 yards and the Sooners only had one sack.
OL Mike Tepper, California: Cal's pass protection wasn't great against Utah, but running back Shane Vereen finished with 122 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
OL Charles Brown, USC: The Trojans didn't run terribly well vs. Boston College, but they only yielded one sack and gave Barkley plenty of time to throw.
OL Jake Dean, UCLA: He was thrust into the starting lineup after starting center after Kai Maiava was ruled academically ineligible, and the Bruins yielded only one sack vs. Temple.
OL Chase Beeler, Stanford: See Marinelli.
K Kai Forbath, UCLA: He kicked field goals of 40 and 42 yards.
DE Kenny Rowe, Oregon: He set a Rose Bowl and Oregon bowl record with three sacks in a losing effort against Ohio State.
DT Jurrell Casey, USC: Casey had five tackles, a sack and a 22-yard return of a fumble.
DT Brian Price, UCLA: Price started slowly vs. Temple but he dominated the second half and finished with five tackles, with one coming for a loss.
DE Tyson Alualu, California: Alualu had five tackles, with 1.5 coming for a loss.
LB Akeem Ayers, UCLA: Ayers led the Bruins with nine tackles, two for a loss, and his leaping interception at the Temple 2-yard line, which he returned for a TD, was the play of the Pac-10 bowl season.
LB Kyle Bosworth, UCLA: He finished with seven tackles and 1.5 sacks.
LB Eddie Young, California: Young had seven tackles and returned an interception 31 yards for a TD.
CB Shareece Wright, USC: In his first game back after academic ineligibility, Wright grabbed a key interception.
CB Alterraun Verner, UCLA: Verner had seven tackles, two for a loss, and a pass breakup.
S Rahim Moore, UCLA: Moore had four tackles and an interception.
S Taylor Mays, USC: Mays had five tackles for a Trojans defense that shut down Boston College in the second half.
P David Green, Stanford: He averaged 44 yards on six punts, three of which were downed inside the Sooners' 20-yard line.
Oregon State went 80-yards in 10 plays on its first possession at Washington State to jump ahead 7-0.
Sean Canfield was 5 for 6 for 66 yards on the drive and hurled a 10-yard TD pass to Damola Adeniji.
So a nice fast start for the offense. Not for the defense.
The Cougars then took the kickoff and drove for a 49 yards for a field goal.
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Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
- Greg Hansen breaks down how Arizona will figure out who its starting quarterback should be. This is great: Big men hitting the right note.
- Arizona State quarterback Danny Sullivan is embracing his opportunity. The crowd may be small on Saturday. Per Jeff Metcalfe: "Coach Dennis Erickson said Thursday that offensive linemen Garth Gerhart and Tom Njunge and tight end Dan Knapp will be healthy enough to play. Defensive tackle Lawrence Guy (biceps), offensive lineman Zach Schlink (knee) and linebackers Shelly Lyons (knee) and Oliver Aaron (elbow) are out."
- California running back Jahvid Best is still hearing about that hit he took -- and the technicolor yawn he delivered -- last year at Maryland. It's Kevin Riley's time to step up. Cal's talented defensive ends are different.
- After LeGarrette Blount's meltdown, Oregon has issues at running back. An Oregon-Boise State rematch? Maybe. Ducks can make more money playing Texas A&M, though.
- It's brother against brother in Oregon State's game with Portland State. Damola Adeniji will start for the Beavers, and that's a good story.
- Checking in with Jonathan Martin, one of Stanford's young but talented offensive linemen.
- Ten UCLA players will make their college debut against San Diego State.
- USC's youngsters are ready to go -- and Aaron Corp is available, if needed. The NCAA clears USC. At least of this. Wes Horton will start at defensive end. Matt Barkley's faith gives him poise.
- Has Washington found a playmaker at receiver? The Huskies only chance on defense is to outsmart LSU's speed. Jake Locker's wait is over. This Husky is a success even if he doesn't know it.
- There's a youth movement at Washington State. Center Kenny Alfred is one cool Coug. Be patient with freshman quarterback Jeff Tuel.
This is the first of our position rankings. On Tuesday, which is Pac-10 day on ESPN.com -- hey, take the day off; it should be a national holiday! -- we will continue with quarterbacks, which is one of our monumental stories for tomorrow's package. Feel free to disagree. This took quiet a while to put together, with lots of shuffling and re-thinking, etc.
USC: Damian Williams and Ronald Johnson are one of the best pairs in the nation. They combined for 17 touchdowns in 2008. There's outstanding depth and athleticism behind them, led by David Ausberry.
Arizona: This is a shaky No. 2 because Delashaun Dean has been hurt almost all of camp, but he and Terrell Turner combined for 86 receptions last year. William "Bug" Wright and Juron Criner ar
UCLA: Terrence Austin and Taylor Embree combined for 93 receptions last year but only one touchdown. Nelson Rosario should be more a factor this fall, while freshman speedster Randall Carroll and Ricky Marvray look ready to contribute.
Arizona State: Chris McGaha, Kerry Taylor and Kyle Williams combined for 81 receptions and eight touchdowns last year, while Gerell Robinson looks a lot better after struggling as a true freshman.
Oregon: This might be a little high, considering the Ducks' top two receivers from 2008, Terence Scott and Jaison Williams, are gone. Jeff Maehl -- 39 receptions, five touchdowns -- is the only returning receiver with double-digit receptions. But speedy Jamere Holland and newcomers Lavasier Tuinei, Tyrece Gaines, and Diante Jackson have opened eyes during practices (though Gaines and Jackson have battled injuries).
California: Everybody from 2008 is back as is talented sophomore Marvin Jones, who missed most of last year with a knee injury. The crew had potential last year, but it wasn't realized. There's more experience now, so it's likely things will trend up at the position for the Bears.
Oregon State: James Rodgers is a great start, but Sammie Stroughter and Shane Morales will be the toughest combination to replace in the conference. And this ranking doesn't include the injured Darrell Catchings, which means this is a young and unproven unit. Damola Adeniji, Jordan Bishop, Casey Kjos, Geno Munoz and Markus Wheaton have had their moments this preseason.
Washington: D'Andre Goodwin, Jermaine Kearse and Devin Aguilar combined for 100 receptions last year. The bad news is they scored only three touchdowns. Toss in freshman James Johnson, and this is one of the Huskies strongest positions. They may well be better than eighth, but they've got to prove themselves.
Stanford: The Cardinal is expecting dramatic gains for its passing offense with quarterback Andrew Luck. And the receiving corps might be ready to jump aboard. Ryan Whalen and Doug Baldwin combined for 64 receptions last year, and Chris Owusu and some intriguing young players, such as Jamal-Rashad Patterson, will help. But after averaging 152 yards passing last year, the receivers, like the Huskies crew, need to prove themselves.
Washington State: The Cougars had the worst passing offense in the conference last year -- six touchdowns, 21 interceptions -- and the departed Brandon Gibson represented a third of that production. Speedy Jeshua Anderson could be a more refined receiver this fall, and there's some youngsters who might make an impact. Injuries have hurt during the preseason.
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Catchings only caught seven passes last year, but the junior had an outstanding spring and was expected to be a centerpiece of the passing offense, which lost its two leading receivers from 2008, Sammie Stroughter and Shane Morales.
With Catchings out, true freshman Markus Wheaton, one of the stars thus far of preseason camp, will into Catchings' spot -- "X' receiver -- while Damola Adeniji will shift to "Z" behind James Rodgers.
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At least once a year, there's a "running up the score" controversy, and it appears this year's version with the most legs will be Oregon State's hitting a 39-yard touchdown pass to give it 66 points with 7:35 left against Washington State last Saturday.
"It really shows Oregon State has no class, in my opinion," WSU cornerback Romeo Pellum told the Seattle Times.
Cougars coach Paul Wulff could have diffused the situation by rejecting the notion, but he refused to comment after the game and he still seems bothered by what happened.
"I don't know if it's appropriate for me to comment on it one way or another," Wulff said Tuesday. "I just choose to do business a certain way. That's all I can say."
When asked about the issue, Oregon State coach Mike Riley seemed simultaneously baffled and contrite. He explained that Canfield had just returned from a shoulder injury and needed to throw the ball. He said the play call was a short corner route, but the safety blew the coverage.
"[Canfield] did what he was trained to do and threw a touchdown pass," Riley said.
As for the Cougars hurt feelings, Riley said, "I was disappointed to hear about that and I'm sorry they feel that way. There obviously was no disrespect."
It's worth noting that the Beavers 66-13 win didn't look much different than California's 66-3 victory over the Cougars or Oregon's 63-14 romp, blowouts that didn't feature postgame accusations.
It's possible that Wulff is taking up his players' cause in order to find a baseline of motivation during a lost season.
"If they are frustrated as players with behavior like that, I'm OK with that, if that's something they feel happened," Wulff said.
Perhaps tweaked feelings will inspire players to fight harder to keep the score closer.
As for Riley running up the score, that's absurd.
Some coaches fit that profile -- some even in the Pac-10. But not Riley, one of the most affable guys in the business.
California coach Jeff Tedford was quick to point that out.
"Knowing coach Riley, I'm sure he wouldn't do something like that to try to rub things in," Tedford said. "I just wouldn't believe that's in Mike's makeup."
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