Roundup: Preseason all-Americans live here
Eight Pac-12ers made Sports Illustrated’s first-team preseason All-American squad, which was good enough to put the Conference of Champions in a tie for first with the SEC in that department. Those eight are as follows: Ka’Deem Carey, Marqise Lee, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, David Yankey (offense); Will Sutton, Anthony Barr, Ed Reynolds (defense); De’Anthony Thomas (special teams). Meanwhile, Hroniss Grasu, Shayne Skov, Trent Murphy and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu made SI’s second team.
Our Pac-12 Networks crew was in Salt Lake City Wednesday, and Bryan Fischer tells us that a family atmosphere makes fall camp a breeze for Utah.
Our Pac-12 Networks crew was in Boulder yesterday, and Rick Neuheisel says Colorado needs that “wow factor.” In order for the Buffs to get back on top, the former Buffs coach says “shovels got to get in the ground” to improve facilities, believing that it could take just four years for the Buffs to be a major player again.
Monte Kiffin is out, Clancy Pendergast is in, and Josh Shaw and USC are ready to move on with the new defense. The 5-2; coming to a stadium near you.
Notre Dame-turned-UCLA’s prized recruit finally was able to get on the football field with the beginning of fall camp Wednesday, and Eddie Vanderdoes is relieved to have the Notre Dame experience behind him.
Jordan Poyer is no longer in Corvallis, but freshman Dashon Hunt aims to be the next Jordan Poyer, a mindset that could really pay off in a couple of years for the Beavs. The coaches like what they see out of Hunt, but there are some veterans ahead of him on the depth chart as of now.
After playing in only two games at weak-side linebacker last season, Arizona State’s Carlos Mendoza looks to excel at spur linebacker. Taking into account his performance against Illinois last season, Mendoza could have a huge impact this season for the Fighting Grahams.
A judge dismissed Mike Leach’s lawsuit against ESPN and Craig James, while Washington State ditched the pads on day seven of fall camp. Doesn’t mean it wasn’t an intense practice, though.
The PGA Tour Championship began Thursday, and with a double-bogey on his last hole, Tiger Woods stumbled to a late 71. That puts him at 1-over for the tournament and six shots off the lead. Meanwhile, Phil Mickelson also shot 1-over, good for a tie for 50th.
Lorenzo Romar announced Washington’s non-conference schedule for 2013-14 earlier this week, and boy are there some juicy games on it. UConn at home and Indiana at Madison Square Garden take the cake, but at San Diego State ain’t too shabby, either.
You probably wouldn’t expect any other sort of prediction from this guy, but Miles Simon says Arizona could reach the Final Four this year. I’m sure the Wildcat fans out there would agree with that assessment.
Some good news on the women’s hardwood in Berkeley, as Gennifer Brandon underwent successful surgery to take care of a recurrent right tibial stress fracture. The double-double machine should be good to go for her senior campaign in 2013-14.
Let’s take a break from Quack camp to inform you about the Oregon men’s tennis team being named an ITA All-Academic Team. This means that the squad kept a cumulative GPA of at least 3.20.