Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
Leaving the Bay for the Desert today...
We open with a must-read. All summer we saw reports on players behaving badly. How about one who's inspirational? Oregon State's Marcus Henderson went through a lot growing up, and now he's battling to be a starting center in the Pac-10.
Sometimes interesting guys aren't starters, such as this Arizona fullback.
Arizona State has depth at receiver, including a guy who's a huge Chicago White Sox fan. If you saw the Butkus Watch List yesterday, you might have gone 'Who?' over Gerald Munns... well, here's who -- but the story has a twist. An update on the center situation and other notes. Looks like kicker Thomas Weber again will be punter Thomas Weber as well. And ASU is No. 16, according to the New York Times.
Stanford's student paper writes about Tavita Pritchard.
USC is itching, and not just to get started or to play a real game. The Trojans are really itching. And it sounds like talented DE Everson Griffen is itching, but not in a funny way because he's angry about something. OG Jeff Byers is back after a spot of the fever. A required QB update. And a hopeful update on injury-riddled Josh Pinkard, who's long been one of Pete Carroll's favorite players.
Washington legend Don James checked out a Huskies practice and took a shot at the rugged nonconference schedule. Gary Washburn takes a look at the whys of Washington always playing a killer schedule. As for practice... click here -- including an update on the depth chart at TE. Molly Yanity checks in with the freshmen RBs. This is interesting: The Huskies wilted in the second half in 2007.
Finally, Jon Wilner's excellent blog does its football preview thing.