2012 Media Day: Pac-12 football is speeding up
By Kevin Danna, pac-12.org
High-flying offenses have always been a staple in the Pac-12; Oregon can go 90 yards in two minutes. But with new coaches bringing new systems into the conference, you can expect the pace to pick up even more if what the coaches and players said at an interesting Pac-12 Media Day is any indication.
Arizona is one such school, with new hire Rich Rodriguez bringing the spread option offense to Tucson. Linebacker Jake Fischer compared the team's practices in the spring to playing Oregon every day. "They go very fast, they try to get in as many snaps as possible and you're running back to the huddle, and they're snapping the ball," Fischer said.
Washington State is another. With Mike Leach comes the Air Raid, and with the Air Raid comes a ton of quarterback and receiver production. Quarterback Jeff Tuel and defensive end-turned-linebacker Travis Long also noted how fast things were flying by in spring for the Cougars.
Jeff Tedford, the long-tenured Cal head coach whose defenses have topped the conference the past two seasons, is looking forward to the challenge. "The league bringing in new coaches will bring a lot of excitement for the conference and the fans," he said.