Roundup: Travis Wilson, team captain
Though he is just a sophomore, Utah quarterback Travis Wilson has become a leader and was voted a team captain by his teammates. (Other team captains include Jeremiah Tofaeono, Trevor Reilly and Tenny Palepoi.) While we’re on the subject of the Ute signal caller, here are 24 things to know about Travis Wilson.
Making headlines yesterday was that Snoop Dogg picked up Silas Redd in a limo on his USC visit when he was thinking about transferring from Penn State; this was part of a new book on four Big Ten programs entitled Fourth and Long: The Fight for the Soul of College Football. Well, USC says the report is inaccurate and that the author of the book never contacted USC about the potential Redd/Snoop Dogg situation when reporting the book. In other USC news, Marqise Lee says he is 100 percent healthy after suffering a shoulder injury in practice 12 days ago.
The Golden Bears play seven teams in the AP preseason top-25 poll, but Sonny Dykes thinks the brutal schedule is a chance to “get on the map”: No. 22 Northwestern, No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Oregon all in the first month. Welcome to BCS-level football, Sonny!
The season opener for Zona is just nine days away, and B.J. Denker is pushing ahead in the Arizona QB race, though there has been no official announcement yet and Rich Rodriguez has said he might play two or three quarterbacks in the opening weeks of the season.
We talked about Jordon James yesterday, so let’s link about the whole of ‘em today as UCLA’s running backs embrace the committee approach. In addition to James, there’s Steven Manfro, Malcolm Jones, Damien Thigpen and Paul Perkins back there as well.
There’s no quarterback controversy in Tempe, but with Mike Bercovici and Michael Eubank backing up the drag-racing Taylor Kelly, quarterback depth presents a challenge for the Sun Devils. Deepest quarterback corps in the nation? OC Mike Norvell thinks so.
This three-quarter-court back tuck basketball trick shot by Washington State cheer squad member Kevin Nebeker was the top play on SportsCenter’s top 10. Pretty amazing, yo.
There’s a ton of talent in Eugene, but there are still some holes to fill, including a big ole one on the defensive line with Dion Jordan, now a member of the Miami Dolphins. So who will replace him? Well, Tony Washington hopes to fill the void and would like to assume Jordan’s old position, which means playing a little linebacker as well.
While Mike Riley has “no news to report” on a starting QB, he did announce the redshirts earlier this week, and it appears that Dashon Hunt, Brandon Arnold and Darrell Songy will be the freshmen that play this year.
Athlon Sports thinks Stanford has the best offensive line in the country, while ranking Oregon’s 13th, USC’s 17th and Oregon State’s 22nd. On the pitch, women’s soccer player and Minnesota transfer Taylor Uhl was named to the Hermann Trophy Watch List, an award that goes to the top collegiate player. She was one of three Pac-12ers named to the watch list along with UCLA’s Abby Dahlkemper and Cal’s Ifeoma Onumonu.
Here’s some great news on Montlake: Deontae Cooper and Jesse Callier are expected to play against Boise State. Both are recovering from ACL injuries; for Cooper, his third.