Pac-12: Sean Young
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.
- We've read about California's young receivers -- here's an old one. And what about his younger brother, Eddie, who's looking like the Bears' fourth LB. Jonathan Okanes reviews practices thus far.
- A walk-on might start at LB for Oregon against Washington, which sort of matches the Huskies situation. Update on the Ducks O-line and injuries. Also here.
- Practice report from Oregon State, with Sumo results at the bottom. Nothing hanky about Pankey ... at LB, that is. One area where the Beavers are unconcerned is at WR.
- Stanford's student paper writes about Tavita Pritchard.
- Is QB Kevin Craft now the man at UCLA? It appears so. A look at No. 2 Chris Forcier. Checking in with DeWayne Walker.
- 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.
- Injuries are hounding the Washington State WRs. A practice summary. A look at CB and return man Tyrone Justin and newly minted OG B.J. Guerra.
- Finally, Jon Wilner's excellent blog does its football preview thing.
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
If you are a Pac-10 QB, please, don't get out of bed today. Just read these links.
- Bad things happen in threes? The top story today is UCLA QB Ben Olson living up to the"oft-injured" that oft appears before his name. Olson was carted off the field yesterday, joining USC Mark Sanchez and Washington's Jake Locker among the Pac-10 QB M.A.S.H. unit -- though it appears that Sanchez and Locker might not be as bad off as first expected. If Olson is out, then the JC transfer Kevin Craft is the leader to step in, with redshirt freshman Chris Forcier and freshman Kevin Prince also possibilities, as is Osaar Rasshan, the only other QB on the roster who's thrown a pass in a Bruins game uniform.
- The Arizona offense looked good during a Saturday scrimmage, but a fight marred the fun.
- It's not easy being the backup QB at Arizona State. Danny Sullivan has watched Rudy Carpenter start 31 consecutive games. And, if we mention Sun Devils QBs, you just know we can't avoid saying something about the questionable offensive line. Of course, if the line comes through, there are plenty of guys to throw to, including Kerry Taylor.
- Don't write off California's Nate Longshore just yet. With Cal's new 3-4 defense there are, obviously, only three DL spots. So guys have to work to get into the rotation. A true freshman appears headed for the rotation at WR. An old guy, too. This comes from the California football office, but it's interesting: Cal needs to rebuild its receiving corps, and the standout thus far is a bit of a surprise, senior Sean Young:
The prettiest play of the day may have been sophomore Kevin Riley
delivering a perfect 33-yard pass to senior Sean Young in the end zone.
Young also made an impressive leaping grab of a pass to continue his
"Sean Young's having a great camp," Tedford said. "Right now he's
definitely in the rotation. He's probably had the most consistent, best
camp of any of our receivers. It's great to see because he's been here a
long time and he's finally staying healthy, knock on wood. He's always
shown flashes; he's doing a great job and catching a lot of balls."
- Good day for the O at Oregon. More on the passing game.
- Highlights from Oregon State's first scrimmage. And a position-by-position breakdown here. Still no OG Jeremy Perry or QB Sean Canfield, though.
- Interviewing the interviewer: A Q&A with Michelle Smith, the Stanford beat writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. And here's Michelle's story on a miraculous recovery. Perhaps the defense will showcase a recovery of its own this season.
- Bruins Nation breaks down another Neuheisel profile but finds an interesting angle -- Neuheisel was so hungry to get back into the college game he was willing to become Karl Dorrell's offensive coordinator -- you know, work for the man he replaced.
- The second item in Bob Condotta's notebook is big: Washington may shortly have a new athletic director. And some further notes on Day 6. More on Locker.
- The pace is picking up at Washington State. The culture also is changing. Bud Withers' effort here should be a must-read for Cougars fans. And here's a practice report.