Pac-12: Garrett Green

Pac-10 lunch links: Oregon should be ranked higher

October, 12, 2009
10/12/09
2:30
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller


Shut up, listen, and learn. Look, I know that this is your first day and you don't really know how things work around here, so I will tell you. You have no brain. No judgement calls are necessary. What you think means nothing. What you feel means nothing. You are here for me. You are here to protect my interests and to serve my needs. So, while it may look like a little thing to you, when I ask for a packet of Sweet-N-Low, that's what I want. And it's your responsibility to see that I get what I want.
  • Greg Hansen with a well-done column here: It wasn't magic, just football, that beat Arizona. And the more important thing to take away is the rapid development of Wildcats quarterback Nick Foles.
  • Arizona State rewind: sacks good, turnovers bad. Coach Dennis Erickson has fallen and he can get up. Quarterback Danny Sullivan's grasp on the starting job continues to be tenuous.
  • California was perky on Sunday after a bye, and it may get a couple of injured players back.
  • Oregon, riding a five-game winning streak, its longest since 2005, controls its own destiny as it heads into a bye week. By the way, the Ducks defense is good.
  • Oregon State heads into a bye with USC looming ahead on Oct. 24.
  • Stanford's grades from its Oregon State trip weren't good.
  • UCLA calls a players-only meeting to try to get its focus back.
  • Garrett Green is one of USC's unsung heroes.
  • Washington is turning into a good story, which should make the Huskies appealing if they become bowl-eligible. What to make of the cardiac Huskies?
  • Washington State is eager for a bye week.
  • Poll voters continue to snub Oregon, which could make an argument it's the nation's most accomplished one-loss team outside of the ACC (Virginia Tech, Miami).

USC depth chart changes: Green rises at QB

September, 23, 2008
9/23/08
4:28
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

If USC QB Mark Sanchez should get hurt against Oregon State on Thursday, it won't be Aaron Corp or Mitch Mustain coming off the bench.

It will be a guy listed as a receiver in the media guide.

After all the attention played to the preseason competition between Corp, who was No. 2 the first two games, and Mustain, the touted transfer from Arkansas, Garrett Green has jumped to the fore for one reason, according to coach Pete Carroll.

He's earned it.

And the promotion seems to verify the "culture of competition" Carroll tries to cultivate, though it also could operate as a message to Corp and Mustain about maintaining their focus during practices.

"Garrett just seemed to handle himself the best in terms of all of the terminology and getting the mechanics of the offense moving," Carroll said. "He's had a limited amount of work up until now, but when he has [had work] he's just done well. But that's not ruling anything out for next week or the future."

Green's athleticism, particularly, stood out during preseason practices, and his playmaking ability consistently raised eyebrows among reporters who cover the team on a daily basis.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound junior played QB and defensive back at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, Calif. He was moved from QB to safety early his freshman year and he saw action on special teams and brief work on defense in two games.

His sophomore year he was a backup receiver, his season highlight coming on the 34-yard TD pass he threw off a lateral in the Rose Bowl against Illinois.

And now he's an unfortunate twist or sprain from leading the offense of the nation's No. 1 team.

At least for now.

"This week he is," Carroll said. "We're just going week-to-week with our guys."

Pac-10 Morning: Final scrimmages mean depth chart decisions

August, 22, 2008
8/22/08
10:41
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

My assumption is your tailgate blueprints have been finalized as well as all the pie charts, spreadsheets and PowerPoint demonstrations. If not: For shame.

  • At Arizona, it was recognition day -- starting to work against Idaho's offense and defense. Greg Hansen: If you win it they will come. Nic Grigsby is the starter at TB, but there's more quality depth than in the past.
  • Arizona State's first offense looked pretty good in its final scrimmage Thursday. Said QB Rudy Carpenter to the Arizona Republic of the suspect OL: "The offensive line did an awesome job tonight. They've been doing a great job all camp. If they continue to do that, I think we can be pretty good." Bad news is the WR Chris McGaha is still sitting out with a toe injury. The defense benefits from the return of DT Saia Falahola, who appears to have won a starting job. East Valley Tribune list of freshmen who likely will play: wide receiver Gerell Robinson, running back Ryan Bass, guard Zach Schlink, defensive end Lawrence Guy, linebackers Shelly Lyons and Brandon Magee, cornerback Josh Jordan, safety Clint Floyd. Oh, and the Sun Devils expect to eclipse 50,000 season ticket sales, the most in at least two decades.
  • California coach Jeff Tedford picked sophomore Kevin Riley as the Bears starting QB over senior Nate Longshore. Riley started slowly but surged late. Also, note at the bottom says that "walk-on freshman David Seawright had won the kicking job over senior Jordan Kay." Some perspective on the QB decision from Jon Wilner and Jonathan Okanes. List of other freshmen and newcomers who could play from SF Chronicle: receivers Verran Tucker and Marvin Jones, defensive tackle Kendrick Payne, linebacker Mychal Kendricks, tight end Anthony Miller and safety Bryant Nnabuife and likely DBs Marc Anthony and Josh Hill.
  • The extent of Oregon QB Nate Costa's new knee injury is unknown and it will likely not be until late Sunday or Monday before everything clears up because the team orthopedic surgeon -- who repaired the same knee last fall -- is out of town.
  • My guess is this will fire up Oregon State fans: Hit this link and click the bottom left image for the Beavers intro video (thanks to Building the Dam).
  • The Bootleg has set up a nice Game Day site for the Stanford-Oregon State game that gets things rolling next Thursday.
  • The UCLA defense will not have to carry the offense. Hmm. We shall see. It appears OLB John Hale has held off a challenge from touted freshman Akeem Ayers. More info on UCLA frosh who will not redshirt. One of those is safety Rahim Moore. And attention now turns to a mysterious Tennessee team.
  • USC's final scrimmage was "efficient" -- neither QB Aaron Corp nor Mitch Mustain committed a turnover and no one got hurt. It also appears that Corp and Mustain were competing for the backup role and that Mark Sanchez, two weeks after dislocating his knee cap, will be full-go for Virginia preparations on Monday. Corp may have an edge as the backup. More than a few folks have wondered: What about unheralded QB Garrett Green, who's played consistently well. More scrimmage standouts -- note that Mustain played well, so this whole backup QB decision is going to be close. An injury update -- and get this -- it's good news. And a big-picture look as the Trojans turn their attention to game prep.
  • Interesting story on Sanchez and his embrace of his Mexican heritage and how that seems to bother some folks.
  • Whatever happened to Washington's Jordan White-Frisbee? He may end up being a key piece on the Huskies O-line. Lots of depth-chart questions remain for the Huskies, but that's probably by design. Molly Yanity is guessing that freshman Chris Polk might prevail at TB. More on All-Pac-10 center Juan Garcia, who's recovery from a severe foot injury.
  • No question who Washington State's best player is: WR Brandon Gibson. But the Cougars breakout player may be DE Kevin Kooyman.

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