Pac-12: Stanley Hasiak
- Arizona State DT Will Sutton is looking to clean up his mess from last fall ... and just clean up.
- Colorado lands its fifth commitment.
- There are more questions than answers concerning Oregon and Willie Lyles, but it's still business as usual for coach Chip Kelly. An interesting take on Oregon's issues.
- Oregon State safety Lance Mitchell has his own blog! He's not thrilled that The Sporting News ranked the Beavers 48th. Stephen Paea for Oregon State Male Athlete of the Year.
- More on the short but tumultuous career of UCLA offensive lineman Stanley Hasiak. What does it mean for the O-line?
- Are 53 teams better than USC in 2011? The correct answer is "You must be joking." Part 2 of a Q&A with USC LB coach Joe Barry.
- A look at Washington's scholarship numbers, thoroughly recounted by the always thorough Bob Condotta.
The once-touted recruit has been dismissed from the school for academic reasons. According to a UCLA release, Hasiak "plans to enroll at a junior college and hopes to return to UCLA next year."
Hasiak was listed as a backup guard on the Bruins' post-spring depth chart, but depth on the offensive line is a critical question heading in 2011.
Read more here in the LA Times.
For example: Say you wanted an update Tuesday on the status of his quarterback Kevin Prince, who's missed nearly all of preseason camp with a small but bothersome tear in his back muscle. Neuheisel provided a eyewitness, play-by-play to reporters during the weekly Pac-10 coaches teleconference.
"He's going to throw this ball. I'll tell you after this throw... Oh, it's perfectly thrown. It's outstanding! I think he's going to be fine."
The verdict: Prince is "rusty but healthy." He will start at Kansas State on Saturday. Probably.
Neuheisel is all about optimism. His catch-phrase upon getting hired to rebuild the Bruins in 2008 was "relentless optimism." That optimism has been tested, however, by an 11-14 record his first two years and a fairly stunning array of injuries.
The current challenge to Neuheisel's power of positive thinking isn't just about getting Prince to the opener in one piece. His offensive line is in pieces.
All five starters from last year were projected to return this season, including 13 of 14 players on the 2009 depth chart. Yet guard Eddie Williams is the only returning starter who will be in the lineup at Kansas State, and even he missed half of the 2009 season with a fractured ankle.
Talented left tackle Xavier Su'a-Filo, who won a starting job as a true freshman, opted to go on a two-year Mormon mission. Then the chief candidate to replace him, Nik Abele, was forced to retire because of neck problems. Center Kai Maiava fractured his ankle during preseason camp. Guard Jeff Baca is academically ineligible. Right tackle Mike Harris is suspended for the Kansas State game. Toss in guard Stanley Hasiak's academic ineligibility, and Jake Dean ending his career a year early, and you have a lot of attrition from what might have been a greatly improved line.
This probably won't surprise you a bit, but Neuheisel is undaunted: "They're terrific," he said of his new lineup.
He even spots for reporters a potential feel-good angle with his makeshift line.
"It's kind of a neat story -- hopefully it will be one that's told for years and years after because of the success they have," Neuheisel said. "We have five seniors who've gotten here in kind of a round-about sort of way. Each has their own unique road they traveled to get here."
Those five are: right guard Williams, a junior college transfer; left tackle Sean Sheller, a fifth-year senior who spent much of his injury-riddled career on the defensive line; left guard Darius Savage, who started seven games in 2008 but fell out of favor last year; center Ryan Taylor, a JC transfer who started two games at guard and one at center in 2009; and right tackle Micah Kia, who started seven games in 2008 but missed last fall with a knee injury.
Despite the questions on offense, the Bruins visit to Kansas State probably comes down to something else: How a rebuilt front seven on defense handles Wildcats running back Daniel Thomas, who rushed for 1,290 yards last year. Thomas will be running behind a veteran line. Combine that with a new and unproven quarterback, and you can expect the Wildcats to try to challenge the Bruins with a physical, run-first attack.
In last year's game, the Bruins dispatched K-State fairly easily, 23-9. But this will be Year Two of coach Bill Snyder's return to where he produced perhaps the greatest rebuilding jobs in college football history, which explains why his name is on the stadium: "Bill Snyder Family Stadium." The Wildcats should be a much more finely tuned team, despite just 11 returning starters.
"He's a team builder, no question about it," Neuheisel said.
By the way, the Wildcats have won 20 home openers in a row.
Of course, Neuheisel is optimistic that his quarterback will be healthy and sharp, his offensive line and defensive front-seven will be stout and that winning streak is about to end.
“This is an unfortunate situation for Stanley,” coach Rick Neuheisel said in a statement. “I expect Stanley to work hard to ensure this situation does not occur again. We expect him to help us on the scout team this year and work himself into a contributor for 2011.”
Hasiak, who was listed as a backup guard behind Jeff Baca on the post-spring depth chart, will have three seasons of eligibility remaining and can count 2010 as a redshirt season.
This is a fairly significant blow for the Bruins, who are again thin and questionable on the offensive line.
Hasiak's career has been chaotic since he arrived as one of the top recruits in the 2009 freshman class. He ran afoul of team rules after recurring practice fights with teammates and then struggled with personal issues and left the team before returning this past spring.
- Arizona State's new offensive coordinator, Noel Mazzone, was one of Tim Tebow's tutors.
- Jeff Genyk has been hired to upgrade California's special teams. Checking in on Bears spring practices.
- This is an extremely thorough point-counterpoint on how Chip Kelly handled Oregon's recent off-field challenges, which you may have read about. Oh, and this billboard makes a statement about the Ducks who got in trouble.
- Oregon State coach Mike Riley talks about Oregon's off-field issues and his chat with Kelly.
- More on the reinstatement of UCLA offensive guard Stanley Hasiak. Some UCLA notes.
- Who's No. 2 on the list of USC players to watch this spring? This guy.
- Washington announces its spring practice times. Football comes first, but quarterback Jake Locker is playing a little baseball this spring. Sometimes the off-field stuff is positive.
“Stan has done everything we have asked of him during the Winter Quarter,” coach Rick Neuheisel said in a statement. “He has made some mistakes and has tried to correct them. After speaking with our coaching staff and our players, I felt like he deserved one last chance to be part of our team.”
Hasiak had been suspended from team activities since Dec. 21, when he was sent home for a violation of team rules. He did not travel to the EagleBank Bowl with the team.
Hasiak, a highly touted 2009 recruit, looked like a candidate to start as a true freshman before his combustible personality got him into trouble. He left the team for personal reasons at one point and was involved in a number of altercations with teammates.
Hasiak will participate in spring practices, which begin April 1.
The Bruins welcome back four starters on their line, the lone departure being Xavier Su'a-Filo, who started at left tackle as a true freshman but opted to go on a two-year LDS mission after the season.
UCLA's starting center Kai Maiava and reserve freshman receiver/tight end Morrell Presley are academically ineligible to play against Temple in the EagleBank Bowl on Dec. 29, while troubled freshman offense guard Stanley Hasiak has left the team and returned home to Hawaii for personal reasons.
The Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register reported that Hasiak, an elite member of the Bruins' 2009 recruiting class, is unlikely to return to the team.
Jake Dean will move from guard to center and replace Maiava, a transfer from Colorado, and Nick Ekbatani will start at guard.
On the plus side, it appears that quarterback Kevin Prince, who hurt his shoulder against USC, is healthy and will start.
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- 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.
I'm very important. I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany.
- Arizona defensive end Ricky Elmore has found himself this season.
- Arizona State quarterback Danny Sullivan, who is fighting for his job, is now injured.
- More on Jahvid Best and California's other injured players.
- Oregon's LeGarrette Blount has been working out his life skills. The Ducks defense is ready for redemption against Arizona State.
- Oregon State isn't taking Washington lightly, even though they've dominated the rivalry of late, which has become more spirited in recent years.
- Making a strong case for Stanford running back Toby Gerhart's Heisman Trophy candidacy. Stanford-USC has high stakes, so the coaches are playing nice.
- Touted UCLA freshman offensive lineman Stanley Hasiak has left the team to deal with "personal" issues.
- USC quarterback Matt Barkley, no longer the Pac-10's premier freshman quarterback, blames himself for the offense's recent woes.
- Looking at head coaches who are their own coordinators, starting with Washington's Steve Sarkisian. The numbers aren't there for defensive end Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, but the effort clearly is.
- This receiver, Jared Karstetter, has broken through for Washington State.
- Bud Withers and Chris Dufresne both wonder whether the Pac-10 should dump the nine-game round-robin schedule and go back to eight conference games.
Posted by ESPN.com'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
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
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
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
I saw a sign at a gas station. It said 'help wanted.' There was another sign below it that said 'self service.' So I hired myself. Then I made myself the boss. I gave myself a raise. I paid myself. Then I quit.
Arizona has answered a number of questions, just not quarterback. Still waiting on right end Rob Gronkowski to return to practice.Arizona State takes hits to its offensive -- yikes -- and defensive lines with injuries and a three-game suspension of DE James Brooks.Andy Ludwig isn't just a baby sitter for California's offense.Big news for Oregon's secondary came out of its secret scrimmage Tuesday, per The Oregonian:Talmadge Jackson, who moved from cornerback to rover this summer and fall, has been moved back to corner. So he and Willie Glasper will split time at the corner opposite Walter Thurmond. T.J. Ward will start at free safety, and Marvin Johnson and Javes Lewis will split time at rover.
Oregon State quarterback Lyle Moevao still isn't ready to play. The schedule is better for the Beavers. A freshmanwill start on the O-line.Nice feature here by Elliott Almond on Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. Luck will be throwing to some talented but untested receivers.UCLA is still shuffling its offensive line, with Mike Harris re-entering the picture due to freshman Stanley Hasiak's "stinger." The Bruins' safety will either be to Dye for or all about the Love.Prediction: Aaron Corp will start against San Jose State on Sept. 5. USC is Quarterback U.Don James visits Washington's practice Tuesday -- it was a good one. How good is Daniel Te’o-Nesheim's supporting cast on the Washington D-line?Washington State's effort Tuesday didn't impress coach Paul Wulff, not to mention cornerback Brandon Jones sprained his ankle. Also, no word on who leads the quarterback competition between Marshall Lobbestael and Kevin Lopina. The LBs are deeper.Looking at the Pac-10 race.
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
UCLA senior offensive guard Micah Kia will miss the season due to a torn ACL, the school reported.
That likely means touted true freshman Stanley Hasiak will start for the Bruins.
Kia injured his knee late in Wednesday's afternoon practice. An MRI revealed the tear.
Kia, who has a redshirt year available since he played as a true freshman in 2006, will have surgery once the swelling in his knee subsides.
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
UCLA's chief concern entering preseason camp was its offensive line. That's still the case, particularly with another potential starter going down to injury.
Senior guard Micah Kia hurt his knee during Wednesday's practice. He left the field on a golf cart, according to reports, and will have an MRI, results of which should be available Thursday.
The line previously lost backup center Nick Ekbatani, who is out at least four weeks because of a knee injury.
Also, starting center Kai Maiava missed the last portion of practice with a sore shoulder.
If Kia, who started seven games last year, is out for an extended period of time -- the initial diagnosis was a knee sprain -- that would open the door for touted true freshman Stanley Hasiak to start against San Diego State on Sept. 5.
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
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- Injury report might be a bit long for Arizona, though nothing appears serious as of yet. Donald Horton, moving from defensive tackle to end, appears healthy, though. The Wildcats head to Fort Huachuca on Thursday.
- Gerell Robinson looks like a far more refined receiver so far in Arizona State camp, and that could be huge for an offense that wants to use three, four and even five receivers.
- So how did Jahvid Best get so fast? Some California receivers had the dropsies.
- An Oregon practice report. A trio of Ducks receivers are banged up.
- Oregon State believes 2009 is their time. So that's where all my time went! Interesting stuff in that Buker story about the Sean Canfield-Lyle Moevao QB competition. Appears Moevao has a ways to go to be 100 percent. Buker also had these day one notes. Pictures and video here.
- A look at some of the Stanford players who are going both ways. Also take note of the quick hit at the bottom about guard David DeCastro. Prediction: He'll be All-Pac-10 at season's end. This Stanford player swims against the current.
- You tell me: Does UCLA offensive line recruit Stanley Hasiak look like a freshman? Or does he look like the grumpy guy who holds the velvet rope outside that club that won't let you in? The Bruins are young but it's still now time. Update on some Clearinghouse issues.
- An injury scare for USC quarterback Aaron Corp but it was a short one. Linebacker who? LB Chris Galippo is ready for his close up.
- Washington's new assistant strength coach has a familiar name. Special teams are a concern. This Huskies assistant remembers the good old days.
- Washington State looks a lot fitter compared to last fall, but this running back has been kicked off the team.
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