Pac-12: Fort Huachuca
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Happy birthday Halle Berry, Gary Larson and Tim Tebow.
- Arizona is much deeper than when coach Mike Stoops first arrived in Tucson. And a driving rain storm at Fort Huachuca is a good thing. My favorite paragraph of the day:
While the Wildcats practiced, Fort Huachuca soldiers were in the midst of a week-long field training exercise in nearby Garden Canyon. The canyon, located at the base of the Huachuca Mountains, includes replicas of Afghan and Iraqi villages; soldiers interact with contract players -- actors -- posing as sheiks and police chiefs.
- Bigfoot was spotted at Arizona State. At the end of a Paola Boivin column, Sun Devils offensive tackle Shaun Lauvao is projected as a seventh-round NFL draft pick. Got a crisp $1 bill that says he goes higher, and that's not just because I second Boivin's take that Lauvao is a cool cat.
- California is looking for a fullback. It may have found a playmaker among its freshmen.
- No black jerseys at Oregon practice, in large part because both lines are works in progress.
- You may be worried about Oregon State's cornerbacks but they are not worried about themselves.
- Checking in with Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. The Cardinal offensive line is young but promising.
- UCLA defensive tackle Brian Price gets a little chippy. That's a good thing. It leads to stuff like this.
- USC quarterback Matt Barkley bounced back from a poor morning workout, while it appears Aaron Corp might be back sooner rather than later. More on TE Blake Ayles' heart issues.
- There are many hard-working guys behind the scenes on football teams. Here's a look at Washington. The Husky linebackers, who might be sneaky good, are hungry. A practice report.
- Washington State's offensive line is bringing nasty back. Is Jeshua Anderson going to be more than a track guy?
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
Two weeks from today and we'll all be reading about Oregon State's visit to Stanford -- Thursday night football, baby!
- Arizona's camping at army base Fort Huachuca is providing time for reflection. Perhaps the Wildcats have found a new preseason tradition? Devin Veal might provide some depth at WR.
- Speaking of going away to camp, Arizona State makes a one-day trip to Camp Tontozona for a scrimmage on Saturday. An extended stay at Tontozona was made unnecessary when the school built an $8.4 million in-door practice facility. Topping the notebook is WR Chris McGaha's pesky toe injury. Nice column here from Scott Bordow on an ASU freshman quarterback by the name of Elway.
- Scrimmage at California, and it appears that Kevin Riley outplayed Nate Longshore in this one... the plot thickens. Here's a more detailed report. Notice all the newcomers -- freshmen and JC transfers -- who get mentioned? Funny thing: This was supposed to be Jeff Tedford's worst recruiting class. But he told me that this class has more guys who are ready to contribute than any previous group. Go figure.
- Oregon WR Terence Scott burned his redshirt year in 2007 for two receptions, but he's not bitter. The JC transfer could help the Ducks in '08. And preseason camp isn't all about sweat, X's and O's and injuries. There's fun, too.
- Scrimmage! Oregon State goes live and frosh RB Jacquizz Rodgers was the star of the day. In fact, The Oregonian's Paul Buker comes to this conclusion about the Beavers offense: "If we can believe what we've seen in Fall camp, there will be no comparison between this year's offense and the unit in 2007 that moved the ball in fits and starts, dinks and dunks and a fly sweep here and there." But Rodgers won't likely be the No. 1 guy. That's Ryan McCants. Important sidenote: OG Jeremy Perry didn't participate in the scrimmage, choosing to rest his sore knee.
- Want to know a dark-horse guy to come out of nowhere and put up big numbers? My pick is Stanford's Toby Gerhart, a powerful guy running behind an offensive line that appears to be coming together.
- If UCLA is going to exceed middling expectations, a good place to perk things up would be special teams. Competition at LB? Hale, yes! And the interior defensive line is a given with Brigham Harwell and Brian Price, but things aren't too shabby at DE, either. It looks like Michael Norris has won the CB job opposite Alterraun Verner.
- Scott Wolf's USC notes include something on a Longhorn Spy (kidding!) and an explanation for why DE Everson Griffen was so steamed the other day. The story behind a kicker and his Mohawk. And are things deeper at TB than expected?
- Folks are in the money at USC, according to this post from the LA Times' USC blog, and we're not just talking about the revelations this week that Pete Carroll took home $4.4 million in 2006-07. Check out how much offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian pockets: $704,380.
- Washington may start a 26-year-old millionaire in its secondary. It's hard not to root for UW kicker Ryan Perkins. And big -- HUGE -- recruiting news for Washington and Tyrone Willingham. Molly Yanity chats with OT Ben Ossai, who's got the talent to become an All-Pac-10 player.
- Washington State isn't kicking it yet, but Wade Penner might be the guy who does so. A look at the Coug running backs and a practice recap. Vince Grippi also gives his take on the starting 22 here. The WSU Football Blog return.
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The first of 10 quick updates on offseason Pac-10 goings on...
Arizona in a sentence ...
- Mike Stoops needs six or seven victories and a bowl game to keep his job, and count on him coming through with this favorable schedule.
The Big Question ...
- With just three starters back on defense, can the Wildcats and senior quarterback Willie Tuitama score enough points to earn the program's first bowl berth since 1998 and save Stoops' job?
Quick hit news ...
- Hoping to bolster it anemic running game, Arizona signed 225-pound junior college running back Nick Booth during the off-season. Booth could become a power-running option beside Nic Grigsby, Xavier Smith and incoming freshman Keola Antolin.
- Defensive end Johnathan Turner, the Wildcats most experienced defensive lineman, has been suspended from all team activities this summer after being charged with sexual assault last spring. Turner will remain on scholarship while awaiting trial, according to the Arizona Daily Star.
- The Wildcats will practice at Fort Huachuca -- an army base -- Aug. 13-16. The players will sleep in the barracks and interact with the troops.