Pac-12: Jason Wells

Pac-10 lunch links: Gerhart has special motivation vs. USC

November, 13, 2009
See I am Wonder Mike and I'd like to say hello,
To the black, to the white, the red, and the brown, the purple and yellow
but first I gotta bang-bang the boogie to the boogie
say up jump the boogie to the bang-bang boogie
let's rock, you don't stop
rock the riddle that will make your body rock.
  • This is unexplored territory for Arizona -- ranked and in position to play in the program's first Rose Bowl.
  • Arizona State might slow it down in order to keep up with Oregon's offense. And in the "be careful what you wish for category" -- Danny Sullivan won't be available at Oregon. And are too many Sun Devils getting into trouble?
  • California will get an offensive lineman back, but not its starting noseguard. Defensive coordinator Bob Gregory on Arizona.
  • This brainy Oregon receiver is making an impact. That cool shirt Oregon fans wore on Halloween night against USC? Cha-ching.
  • Oregon State's Sean Canfield is philosophical about his success this season.
  • Can Stanford make the next step in the deep Pac-10? Owen Marecic won't be going both ways vs. USC. By the way, the Trojans didn't think Toby Gerhart would be a good running back.
  • Freshman offensive lineman Stanley Hasiak is back with UCLA after leaving the team this week over personal issues.
  • More shuffling, this time on the defensive line, for USC because of injuries.
  • Washington safety Jason Wells has been through a lot.
  • Washington State's Myron Beck is a man of many positions.

Pac-10 injury update

August, 31, 2009

Posted by's Ted Miller

Based on news reports and this this useful Web site: The latest on injuries heading into week one.

TE Rob Gronkowski, back, questionable
OG Vaughn Dotsy, finger, probable
WR Delashaun Dean, hamstring, probable

Arizona State
OT Tom Njunge, biceps, questionable
C Garth Gerhart, toe, questionable
C Thomas Altieri, concussion, probable
OG Zach Schlink, knee, out
DT Lawrence Guy, biceps, probable
DE James Brooks, suspension, out

RB Jahvid Best, toe, probable
TE Tad Smith, knee, out
OT Mitchell Schwartz, leg, probable
S Marcus Ezeff, ankle, questionable
WR Michael Calvin, knee, probable
LB Robert Mullins, knee, out
TE Skylar Curran, ankle, probable

WR Rory Cavaille, shoulder, out,
OT Bo Thran, knee, questionable

Oregon State
WR Darrell Catchings, wrist, out
WR Markus Wheaton, NCAA Clearinghouse, questionable
WR Geno Munoz, abdominal, questionable
QB Lyle Moevao, shoulder, out
RB Ryan McCants, knee, out
CB Brandon Hardin, leg, out
OT Timi Oshinowo, knee, out
LB Tony Wilson, knee, out
S Josh LaGrone, knee, out
S Lance Mitchell, hamstring, probable

OT Allen Smith, knee, out
S Taylor Skaufel, knee, out
OT Chris Marinelli, shoulder, probable
LB Alex Debniak, knee, out

OG Micah Kia, knee, out
OL Nick Ekbatani, knee, out
DE Reginald Stokes, knee, out
DT Jess Ward, knee, doubtful
RB Christian Ramirez, ankle, questionable
DE Chinonso Anyanwu, hip, out
WR Gavin Ketchum, hamstring, questionable
OG Stanley Hasiak, stinger, probable
FB Chane Moline, hip, probable

CB Shareece Wright, knee, academics, questionable
WR Ronald Johnson, collarbone, out
DE Armond Armstead, foot, out
C Kristofer O'Dowd, knee, doubtful
DT Averell Spicer, ankle, questionable
OG Nick Howell, ankle, questionable
LB Luthur Brown, academics, out
TE Blake Ayles, heart condition, probable
QB Aaron Corp, leg, questionable
QB Mitch Mustain, illness, probable
CB Patrick Hall, knee, out

CB Justin Glenn, knee, questionable
DT Cameron Elisara, shoulder, probable
RB Johri Fogerson, ankle, probable
RB Chris Polk, concussion, probable
WR James Johnson, ankle, probable
DE Darrion Jones, illness, probable
TE Kavario Middleton, hamstring, probable
DE Everrette Thompson, ankle, questionable
S Jason Wells, Achilles, doubtful

Washington State
WR Jeshua Anderson, hamstring, probable
RB James Montgomery, knee, probable
CB Brandon Jones, ankle, probable
WR Jeffrey Solomon, ankle, probable
LB Alex Hoffman-Ellis, foot, questionable

UW notes: Wells tweaks Achilles

August, 18, 2009

Posted by's Ted Miller

SEATTLE -- Hard-luck Washington safety Jason Wells hurt his right Achilles tendon during Monday's evening practice. While the injury isn't supposed to be serious, it's noteworthy that Wells missed spring practice after he tore the same tendon.

Wells missed the entire 2008 season due to injury and has been riddle with a variety of injuries throughout his career, which has included 11 starts.

Couple of other notes.

  • Praise a position group, jinx a position group. The Huskies wide receivers struggled with drops much of Monday.
  • While Chris Polk, Willie Griffin and Demitrius Bronson are listed atop the depth chart at tailback, Johri Fogerson has been impressive since his recent switch from safety, a move he was happy to make. The 6-foot-1, 191-pound sophomore has shown nice hands and a physical running style.
  • The Huskies experimented with a number of different combinations on the offensive line. It doesn't appear a clear pecking order has been established yet.

Around the Pac-10: Camp notes

August, 10, 2009

Posted by's Ted Miller

Quick hits from around the conference...

Running back Nic Grigsby returned to practice after sprained ankle scare. ... No one can block DE Brooks Reed. ... TE Rob Gronkowski and WR Delashaun Dean sat out Sunday's practice.

Arizona State
Talented by oft-injured reserve receiver Brandon Smith suffered a knee injury Saturday. ... The Sun Devils continue to await word from the NCAA Clearinghouse on whether super-recruit linebacker Vontaze Burfict has academically qualified. Burfict is practicing with the team. ... Reserve defensive tackle David Bertrand has left the program. ... Coach Dennis Erickson reiterated that he will call plays this fall.

Wide receiver Verran Tucker, who missed spring due to academics, suffered an undisclosed injury after Sunday's practice. ... Receiver Michael Calvin, who's coming back from an ACL injury, has played well during the first few practices. ... Devin Bishop will be challenged at weakside outside linebacker by JC transfers Ryan Davis, Jarred Price and Jerome Meadows, though Price and Meadows could play inside. ... Matt Summers-Gavin is playing first team left guard, the position on the offense line that is most up for grabs.

Redshirt freshman running back LaMichael James, who was injured during the spring, has looked good thus far and is the frontrunner to win the backup job behind LeGarrette Blount.. .. Receivers Jeff Maehl, Tyrece Gaines and Diante Jackson sat out Sunday's practice with injuries. ... Two recruits, Cliff Harris and Justin Brown, haven't reported because they still await a verdict from the NCAA Clearinghouse.

Oregon State
The Beavers begin practices today at 2 p.m. ... Sean Canfield will begin preseason practices as the No. 1 quarterback. Last season's starter, Lyle Moevao, will be taken along slowly as he comes back from shoulder surgery. ... With Jacquizz Rodgers also coming back from shoulder surgery, and backup Ryan McCants out with a knee injury, one of the key preseason competitions is at backup tailback between freshmen Jovan Stevenson and Ashton Jefferson.

Offensive lineman Chris Marinelli may miss most of camp because of a chronic left shoulder problem. ... Offensive tackle Allen Smith hasn't been cleared to practice.

The Bruins reported on Sunday. ... Defensive end Chinonso Anyanwu will be sidelined for at least three months due to hip surgery. ... Wide receiver Osaar Rasshan has retired due to injury. ... Fullback Jayson Allmond will not report until NCAA Clearinghouse issues have been resolved.

Shane Horton switched from safety to weakside linebacker. ... Senior linebacker Luthur Brown and freshman safety Patrick Hall aren't practicing because of academic issues. ... Sophomore tight end Blake Ayles, who missed the end of last season and spring practice because of a knee injury, has looked good in practices thus far. ... Cornerback Shareece Wright (neck) and running back Allen Bradford (hip) also have been cleared to practice.

Center Matt Sedillo left the team. ... Johri Fogerson has moved from safety to tailback. ... A pair of JC transfers, offensive Daniel Mafoe and defensive tackle Johnny Tivao, haven't qualified academically. ... Receiver Vince Taylor and running back Brandon Yakaboski will miss camp with a knee injuries. ... Oft-injured safety Jason Wells has been cleared to practice.

Washington State
Coach Paul Wulff is serving a three-day suspension due to NCAA penalties he incurred while coach at Eastern Washington. ... Sophomore Marshall Lobbestael returned to practice after off-season knee surgery. He is competing with Kevin Lopina for the starting job. ... Linebacker Louis Bland and backup center Alex Roxas have not been cleared to practice due to injuries. Senior Jason Stripling stepped into Bland's spot. ... Defensive tackle Bernard Wolfgramm is practicing but his back problems are still causing him issues. ... Guard Kevin Freitag will miss the season due to toe surgery. ... Defensive lineman Qwayshawne Buckley failed to qualify academically.

After being MIA this spring, these guys need to step up

May, 21, 2009

Posted by's Ted Miller

Guys get hurt, need surgery and time to rehab. Or they get suspended. Or they need some, er, extra time to work on their grades.

In other words, while their teammates are fighting -- and sweating -- to retain or win jobs, they stand on the sidelines watching. Or sitting on a stationary bike. Or dressed in a red jersey.

Still, most fans pencil them into the lineup, worry-free.

To which we say: We shall see.

C Blake Kerley & OT Phillip Garcia
: Kerley had started 29 games before injuring his knee last year, and in his absence Colin Baxter entrenched himself at center. Garcia is an intriguing talent who was limited this spring after knee surgery. Both of these guys could fight into the starting lineup. Or they could provide capable depth. Or they could stand on the sidelines.

OT Matt Hustad: Hustad, a sophomore, is athletic and physical and if he were healthy he'd find a spot on the Sun Devils' beleaguered offensive line. But after two years of knee issues that's starting to become a significant "if."

RB Jahvid Best
: We know, we know. Jahvid's fine! Foot and elbow surgery? No worries. That hip issue last year? Didn't look like it hurt him in 2008, did it? All is well. Heisman Trophy here we come ... wheee! But, honestly, Cal fans, aren't you eager to read about him practicing again?

RB LaMichael James: James' potential is beguiling. He's the lightning -- taking Jeremiah Johnson's place -- to match with LeGarrette Blount's thunder in the backfield. But he missed spring with a shoulder injury and he'll need to prove himself in the fall.

QB Lyle Moevao
: Moevao "Wally Pipped" Sean Canfield last year, and it appears Canfield might return the favor this fall. Moevao missed the spring after shoulder surgery -- just like Canfield last year -- and he's fallen behind Canfield in the quarterback competition because of that -- just like Canfield last year. Of course, Moevao is a scrapper, so counting him out might be a mistake.

OT Allen Smith
: Smith and his pesky patella, which killed his 2008 season and which he re-injured this spring. He's an NFL talent, and he could answer a lot of questions on the Cardinal offensive line, but he's got to stay healthy and it doesn't appear that he can.

TB Christian Ramirez
: The Bruins' coaches must love Ramirez because he still tops the depth chart after being academically ineligible last year and being limited most of spring with a bum hamstring. With two other tailbacks already opting to transfer, the pressure is on Ramirez to reward his coaches' faith.

TB Joe McKnight
: McKnight sat out practice with injuries (skip). McKnight sat out practice with injuries (skip). McKnight sat out practice with injuries (skip). Hey, he's a great talent, but my biggest memory of him last year wasn't a play -- it was of him sitting in a golf cart watching practice. Did they bring the golf cart back this spring?

S Jason Wells
: Remember this guy, Husky fans? I didn't until Seattle Times beat writer Bob Condotta reminded me. He's a two-year starter who suffered a knee injury in 2007 that killed his 2008 season and then missed spring with an Achilles injury. The Huskies have a lot of issues in their secondary and Wells could help. If he's healthy, that is.

DT Bernard Wolfgramm
: The JC transfer redshirted last year yet was listed as a starter on the pre-spring depth chart. But he's had persistent back issues, which limited him this spring, so it's hard to say what he could give the Cougars in 2009. And they really need some help on the defensive line, so Wolfgramm's health is a critical issue.

Pac-10 lunch links: UA QBs put to test in scrimmage

March, 11, 2009

Posted by's Ted Miller

I just want to say one word to you -- just one word ... 'links.'

Afternoon Musings: Roper back, Sanchez rising, Willingham struggling

September, 3, 2008

Posted by's Ted Miller

Before heading to Arizona State practice, finishing up on Mill Avenue -- in a Starbucks (promise).

  • Agent denies he gave Oregon offensive lineman Fenuki Tupou money. Tupou is expected back from a one-game suspension this weekend. Wonder if this has any legs? Meanwhile, QB Justin Roper practiced and should start against Utah State.
  • Pac-10 bloggers roundtable.... some sharp observations here. 
  • An SEC writer offers: Maybe the SEC does need to play more quality nonconference games to prove that it's the best conference instead of trying to prove it by just talking a lot.
  • Notes from the Cal media luncheon.
  • Jon Wilner's Pac-10 ratings with a note on the precariousness of Tyrone Willingham's situation at Washington.
  • Palmer begat, Leinart, who begat Booty, who begat Sanchez, who will begat... Barkley. Wonder what the most QBs one program has had in the NFL at one time is?
  • Notes from Willingham's pre-practice meeting with Huskies reporters, including the return of TE Michael Gottlieb and the decision to redshirt safety Jason Wells. By the way, Willingham is No. 3 on Coaches' Hot Seat's weekly list.
  • Bud Withers tips his cap to UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel.
  • Here's a very thorough recap of Washington State coach Paul Wulff's radio show
  • USC QB Mark Sanchez, now No. 4 on Heisman Pundit's weekly list, was named the Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week after completing 26 of 35 passes for 338 yards and three touchdowns in the Trojans 52-7 victory over Virginia 
  • In the good works category: coach Pete Carroll and members of USC's top-ranked football team will make their annual visit to the USC Women's and Children's Hospital on Thursday (at approximately 11:15 a.m. They will be joined by the USC Spirit of Troy Marching Band as well as the USC Song Girls
  • Some folks were wondering about the relocation of Sunday Morning Quarterback. Found him here. It appears he's now calling himself "Dr. Saturday." So he's, like, 12 hours earlier, which is the way you've got to be in this world, where Monday is the new Sunday.



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