Roundup: Starting QBs announced in Corvallis and Boulder
A decision has been made in Corvallis, and Sean Mannion will be Oregon State’s starting quarterback when the Beavs take on Eastern Washington this Saturday. Mannion beat out Cody Vaz in one of the hottest-contested QB battles in the country this fall camp.
A decision has also been made in Boulder, and Connor Wood will start at quarterback for Colorado when the Buffs face Colorado State Sunday. The Texas transfer beat out Sefo Liufau, Jordan Gehrke and Stevie Joe Dorman for the gig; Liufau will be Wood’s backup.
A decision has not been made in Tucson, as Rich Rodriguez says the QB race is still ongoing. There are three quarterbacks – B.J. Denker, Jesse Scroggins and Javelle Allen – listed on the two-deep with “OR” separating them, although Denker’s name is listed first, for what it’s worth.
Undrafted unshmafted: The Buffalo Bills plan to start Jeff Tuel week 1 if the injured EJ Manuel can’t play. If he does indeed start, the former Coug will be the first undrafted rookie quarterback to start a season opener.
Oregon released its depth chart on Monday, and the biggest news is that the starting inside linebackers will be Rodney Hardrick and Derrick Malone.
Here’s some good news for the Westwood Warriors: UCLA’s Anthony Barr and Simon Goines are expected to start in the opener against Nevada on Saturday after dealing with injuries in fall camp.
Good news on the hardwood in Troy: Maryland transfer Pe’Shon Howard will play this year after receiving a waiver from the NCAA, and it looks like he can see a lot of time on the court right away, potentially as the starting point guard for Andy Enfield.
Stanford women’s volleyball enters the season as the No. 3 team in the country and a favorite to get to the NCAA Final Four in Seattle. One of the stars of John Dunning’s Bunch, Carly Wopat, still feels her sister’s spirit. Her twin Sam, who was also a member of the Cardinal volleyball squad, attempted suicide and later died about a year and a half ago.
Todd Graham handed out Pat Tillman jerseys to Alden Darby and Osahon Irabor for their hard work during fall camp. Graham started the tradition to hand out a No. 42 jersey (with the Tillman family’s approval) to defensive dudes who excel on the field, in class and in the community.
Good scheduling stuff out of Berkeley, as Cal football will host BYU in 2014 before making the return trip to Provo in 2017. The 2014 game between the Golden Bears and Cougars looks like it will be the regular-season finale for Cal, with it scheduled on Nov. 29 and all.
After a long drive back from Logan on a Friday night last September, the Utes are driven by last year’s loss to Utah State, a team they get a chance to exact some revenge upon in the season opener this year.
According to Steve Sarkisian, the Huskies will wear “traditional” uniforms against Boise State, but he did hint that something new could be in the works for later on in the campaign.