Pac-12: Ryan bass

Arizona State takes a couple of hits at cornerback

November, 11, 2009
11/11/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Arizona State has announced an indefinite suspension for cornerback Terell Carr for violating team rules.

The East Valley Tribune reported that Carr was arrested on suspicion of three misdemeanor's Tuesday.

Coupled with cornerback Omar Bolden's season-ending knee injury, the Sun Devils are perilously thin at cornerback as they head to Oregon.

Redshirt freshman Deveron Carr, who made his first-career start last weekend against USC, and senior Pierre Singfield are expected to start for the Sun Devils on Saturday. Behind them are sophomore Josh Jordan and junior LeQuan Lewis, but the Arizona Republic reported that Jordan was slowed Tuesday by a sore ankle.

"Hopefully, he can play," coach Dennis Erickson told the newspaper. "If not, we're down to three corners."

Carr has started seven games this year.

This is the Sun Devils' second suspension this week. Running back Ryan Bass was suspended for violating team rules on Sunday.

Pac-10 lunch links: UCLA expects QB Prince to play at WSU

November, 9, 2009
11/09/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying.

Pac-10 lunch links: Cal still figuring out where it stands

October, 28, 2009
10/28/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Did he live his life again in every detail of desire, temptation, and surrender during that supreme moment of complete knowledge? He cried in a whisper at some image, at some vision, he cried out twice, a cry that was no more than a breath. "The horror! The horror!"
  • Top five reasons Arizona is ranked. Quarterback Nick Foles is still sick. Sick-sick, not, "Dude! Foles is sick, man!"
  • With Arizona State's leading rusher Dimitri Nance nursing a bum shoulder, Ryan Bass might get his shot at running back. Danny Sullivan will start at quarterback against California.
  • Will California's run game continue to roll at Arizona State? Cal still doesn't know where it stands in the Pac-10 pecking order.
  • Didn't Oregon and USC do this in 2007? It's deja vu for the Ducks and Trojans.
  • Oregon State is happy with the Pac-10 taking swift action against a bad call. Jacquizz Rodgers is the best player in the Pac-10.
  • Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh likes his quarterback, Andrew Luck. Some bad news for hard-luck lineman Allen Smith.
  • UCLA will use two QBs against Oregon State.
  • USC freshman QB Matt Barkley claims he doesn't spook easily, even on Halloween night amid a "blackout" at Autzen Stadium. USC thrives in big games.
  • Washington linebacker E.J. Savannah can't catch a break -- or, at least, one that doesn't happen inside his hand.
  • Washington State is rarely on TV, and that costs the Cougars. That's a big reason playing Notre Dame in San Antonio is necessary.
  • Interesting note from Chris Dufresne: "The Pac-10 and Southeastern conferences are battling for the title of nation's top conference. The SEC is No. 1 in four of the six Bowl Championship Series computers: Billingsley, Colley, Massey and Wolfe, and No. 2 in Sagarin and Anderson/Hester. The Pac-10 is No. 1 in Sagarin and Anderson/Hester and No. 2 in the other four."

Pac-10 lunch links: Can a Bruin be Prince of L.A.?

August, 21, 2009
8/21/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters.

Sullivan tops at QB, but defense rules at Arizona State

April, 20, 2009
4/20/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Arizona State's offense managed one major highlight -- a 35-yard touchdown run from Ryan Bass -- but the Sun Devils' defense dominated the spring game Saturday.

Read full accounts here and here.

Some main points:

  • Senior Danny Sullivan completed only 8 of 16 passes for 42 yards, but he didn't throw an interception as Samson Szakacsy (9 of 14 for 50 yards) and true freshman Brock Osweiler (7-14, 66 yards, two picks) did. Sullivan will enter the fall No. 1 on the depth chart, but the biggest news out of the weekend at the position was the departure of sophomore Chasen Stangel, who had fallen to No. 4. He is the second scholarship quarterback to bolt this spring, joining Jack Elway, though Elway will remain at ASU.
  • How good was the Sun Devils' defense? From the Arizona Republic: "There were three interceptions (Ryan McFoy, LeQuan Lewis and Josh Jordan), a fumble recovery (Clint Floyd), seven sacks (including a pair by Jamarr Robinson), four failed fourth-down conversions and 10 punts in as one-sided a conclusion to spring practice as anyone would care to witness."
  • The news wasn't all good for the defense: Defensive tackle Otis Jones tore his ACL. The redshirt freshman would have at least added depth on the defensive interior, and his loss increases the pressure for incoming freshmen Corey Adams and William Sutton to be as good as advertised.

Arizona State signs 22nd recruit

February, 10, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Jarrid Bryant, a 6-4, 185-pound wide receiver from Salisbury Prep School in Salisbury, Conn., has signed a national letter of intent with Arizona State, the school announced Tuesday. 

That increases the Sun Devils 2009 recruiting class size to 22.

Bryant focused on basketball at Centennial High School in Corona, Calif., and didn't play football as a senior. At Centennial, he was classmates with current Sun Devils Ryan Bass, Shelly Lyons and Brandon McGee and fellow 2009 signing classmates Vontaze Burfict and William Sutton.

He played cornerback and receiver at Salisbury Prep but will play receiver at ASU. He caught 10 passes for 140 and two touchdowns in 2008 while playing in a run-oriented offense. He also scored five times on kickoff returns and three times on punt returns.

He picked Arizona State over Boston College, California and Kansas.

Pac-10 Morning: Arizona's Gronkowski sick and probably out

August, 25, 2008
8/25/08
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Posted by ESPN.coms' Ted Miller

Just think: 119 sets of fans are optimistic right now. Wonder what that number will be in a week?

  • A guide to get ready for Arizona's season, but the news is about TE Rob Gronkowski, who might have mononucleosis as well as strep throat. That could knock him out for a few weeks.
  • Good news for Arizona State: Mr. First Down, WR Chris McGaha, returned to practice Sunday after missing 10 practices with a toe injury and should be ready to go against Northern Arizona. The article lists eight true freshmen expected to play: defensive end Lawrence Guy, linebacker Brandon Magee, linebacker Shelly Lyons, cornerback Josh Jordan, tailback Ryan Bass, receiver Gerell Robinson offensive lineman Zach Schlink and safety Clint Floyd.
  • What did we learn from California's training camp? Jonathan Okanes breaks it down -- lots of good stuff here.
  • We should find out Monday about Nate Costa's knee, but it's clear that Justin Roper will start against Washington. One thing to keep in mind with Costa out: Neither one of the Ducks' backups -- Jeremiah Masoli, a sophomore transfer, who led City College of San Francisco to the JC national title last year, and true freshman Chris Harper -- have played a single down of Division I-A ball. Notes from the official press release.
  • Oregon State plays Stanford and coach Jim Harbaugh on Thursday. Know the last name of a Beavers student assistant? Harbaugh. Paul Buker, wedging tongue into cheek, spies on the potential spy. The Beavers aren't exactly sure what they will get out of Stanford. A big concern is new Cardinal defensive coordinator Ron Lynn. An NFL veteran, he may have been scheming up surprises during four years away from the field. A scouting report.
  • Low expectations won't keep UCLA's Rick Neuheisel from being optimistic. UCLA's got "The Boz" at DE, but Korey Bosworth is a quiet guy. The future QB at UCLA, Richard Brehaut, has Bruins fans saying Matt Barkley who?
  • No. 1 overall? Is USC DT Fili Moala really that good? We shall see. USC's depth chart -- still a lot of "ORs" on it. A first look at Virginia. A Scott Wolf note on RB Joe McKnight's "special status."
  • Washington's defense is a huge question mark, but DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim is not one of them. Good stuff on his background and upbringing.
  • A report from banged-up Washington State... Coug fans might be a little worried about the OL injuries. Stadium renovations mean new stuff on Washington State football Saturdays.

Pac-10 Morning: Changing the count at UCLA

August, 7, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

It's a little-known fact that links are a good source of Vitamin C.

  • Arizona might have found its next Antoine Cason in a Golden freshman cornerback, say Greg Hansen and John Moredich. Up front, the pressure is on players like end Ricky Elmore to help the Wildcats inexperienced defense hold its own.
  • Arizona State WR Mike Jones hit .184 in the Yankees farm system this summer, so he's obviously saved some juice as he tries to improve on his 10 TD receptions from a year ago. It's never good when your starting tailback is having shoulder issues before full-contact starts. On the other side of the ball, the primary concern is the interior defensive line, where some young guys might see action. Dan Zeiger's notebook also included this about freshmen who could see action:

"Conventional wisdom is that three true freshmen -- Bass, receiver Gerell Robinson and defensive lineman Lawrence Guy -- are expected to play this season. But a number of others are getting every chance to make an impression. Such newcomers as linebackers Shelly Lyons and Brandon Magee and offensive linemen Zach Schlink and Patrick Jamison have received practice action with the second team.

  • California's new 3-4 defense has been installed. Now it's a matter of figuring out who plays where, with key battles at the fourth LB spot and at nose guard. Two critical things in Jonathan Okanes' practice report: 1. TB Jahvid Best appears completely healthy; 2. Both QBs, Nate Longshore and Kevin Riley, are playing well, with Longshore even showing some mobility. And Rusty Simmons agrees, noting Best might return both punts and kickoffs. Of course, the QB debate hasn't abated in the blogdom.
  • If Oregon receiver Jaison Williams has cured his dropsies, then he's going to the best receiver in the Pac-10 and the NFL will raise more than an eyebrow. That's a big IF, though. Speaking of "Ifs" at WR, the Ducks need Jamere Holland to get healthy and learn his plays. Here's a report on the helmet decal tribute to Todd Doxey, who drowned this summer.
  • Oregon State's Rodgers brothers might be a problem for the rest of the Pac-10 for years to come. Here's a good story about a young man who found himself and now may help answer questions on the Beavers offensive line.
  • The Bootleg talks to a few key Stanford freshmen. If I were a Stanford football fan, I'd subscribe to this Web site -- by far the best source for Stanford football and recruiting information.
  • UCLA will vary its snap count this year (it always went on "one" in 2007). So hut... hut... hut--hut... HUT! And when they finally go, the ball will be better spread around under offensive coordinator Norm Chow.
  • Brian Dohn also gives UCLA's pecking order in the secondary: "First team
    Michael Norris and Alterraun Verner are the cornerbacks, Aaron Ware and Rahim Moore are the safeties. Second team Courtney Viney and Aaron Hester are the cornerbacks and Bret Lockett (suspended for first game) and Glenn Love are the safeties." By the way, that's true freshman Rahim Moore.
  • This second item might worry USC fans just a little: OG Jeff Byers is sitting out with an enlarged spleen. And back injuries are starting to hamper the Trojans backup LBs. The important thing here isn't that frosh TE Blake Ayles is getting rock by an overzealous DB, it's that he's already running with the 1s and 2s.
  • Bob Condotta looks at Washington's young defensive line. He also includes an item in his blog's practice report about a former player taking issue with coach Tyrone Willingham. Molly Yanity leads her notes with a quick hit on QB Jake Locker's conditioning -- it's good. That's good, because Locker told Don Ruiz he wants to complete 65 percent of his passes this season, which is considerably higher than his 47-percent rate in 2007.
  • Washington State needs WR Michael Willis to step up, particularly after Daniel Blackledge suffered a hamstring injury. Willis brought his mom to town for support. And a Coug practice report.

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