Pac-12: Devis Ross

Teleconference quick hits: Coaches' updates

August, 26, 2008

Posted by's Ted Miller

  • Oregon coach Mike Bellotti says the Ducks offense won't change much with Justin Roper running the show instead of the injured Nate Costa. He added that the Ducks, otherwise, are mostly healthy.
  • Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh said Tavita Pritchard won the starting QB job because "he practiced better." Said he expects him to be much better in year two of the system and "will win us games." As for Oregon State's completely rebuild front seven: "Look at their track record of plugging fine athletes into their system."
  • Arizona coach Mike Stoops said it's still inconclusive as to whether TE Rob Gronkowski has mononucleosis and his status is "week-to-week." As for his replacement, A.J. Simmons, "He's a prototypical tight end," Stoops said. That means he doesn't have Gronkowski's athletic ability, which means more balls for the Wildcats WRs. "We are deep at receiver," Stoops said. Devin Ross and Marquis Hundley are the starting CBs, ahead of touted freshman Robert Golden, who will see action against Idaho as the nickelback. As for the offense: "This is the best offense we've had since we've been here," Stoops said. He also added: "This is the best team we've had."
  • Oregon State coach Mike Riley admitted it's difficult to replace an entire defensive front seven but, "We feel good about guys who have played here in the past and guys who have been developing." Offensive guard Jeremy Perry won't travel to Stanford and his status remains up in the air: "I think we'll have to play that out for a while ... I can't even put a finger on it," Riley said.
  • USC coach Pete Carroll said he expects QB Mark Sanchez will get his final OK tonight from team doctors to start at Virginia. As for the backup QB competition between Aaron Corp and Mitch Mustain, Carroll said there is "nothing to declare yet." He said the competition will continue until the end of the week. Same vagueness at TB: "Whatever we list will have an 'or' next to it." Carroll said Joe McKnight, Stafon Johnson and C.J. Gable will get carries with Allen Bradford also in the mix.

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