Roundup: Don James will inspire Huskies forever
Of course, the Husky community is still deeply saddened by the loss of the great Don James, and it’s only right to read what Gregg Bell has to say about how Don James will inspire Huskies forever. Washington announced that a memorial for James will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Alaska Airlines Arena.
Over here out West, the trend has been to get faster and spread defenses out on the football field… unless you’re on The Farm. That’s because with its flashy league gaining buzz, Stanford relies on its brawn, a New York Times joint. And, with so many teams losing in front of it, ‘twas an insanely lucky weekend for Stanford.
It’s about time that this dude gets some national love, as Sean Mannion has jumped into Yahoo Sports’ Heisman watch. He only leads the nation in passing and is on pace to throw for more than 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns; that’s all (Mariota is still No. 1, according to Dr. Saturday). And, as per usual, Oregon State continued its In-N-Out tradition Saturday night by eatin’ some Double-Doubles after beating Cal.
The numbers Marqise Lee has put up so far are good by most receivers’ standards, but since it’s Lee, 32 catches for 403 yards and a touchdown doesn’t look too spectacular. He could have been a high first-round draft pick last year, but Lee isn’t bitter about his season or the NFL three-year rule that keeps him in college until he is finished with his junior campaign.
It’s not an official announcement, but it’s still good news for Ducks fans that De’Anthony Thomas says he should return against UCLA, proclaiming himself “ready” and “hungry”. And how ‘bout this for a confident-in-my-abilities quote from the Black Mamba -- “When I’m in the game, I don’t really get hit that much.” Also, Nick Aliotti has been reprimanded and fined by the Pac-12 for his comments made about Pac-12 officiating and Mike Leach.
A lot of good offensive performances on Saturday, but you just had to give the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honor to Ka’Deem Carey for carrying his team to victory against Utah. Congrats are in order for Stanford strong safety Jordan Richards and ASU kicker Zane Gonzalez for being named the conference’s defensive and special teams players of the week, respectively.
There are so many explosive players in the Pac-12 that a lot of good ones get overlooked. One of them is Marion Grice, who just happens to lead the nation with 18 touchdowns scored. That’s just one reason why it’s time to start the Marion Grice record watch.
They’ll be sworn enemies on the field in Los Angeles on Saturday, but Ute linebacker Jared Norris and Cody Kessler are best friends from high school, both playing at Centennial High School in Bakersfield. Lucky Radley also knows plenty o’ Trojans as a Southern Californian himself.
After being knocked down by Stanford, can UCLA keep up with Oregon? Physical loss on Saturday… Over in the basketball world, Steve Alford denies that his teams are slow, this coming after Andy Enfield’s remark to his Trojans that “if you want to play slow, go to UCLA.”
Following a 43-10 stomping of Charleston Southern, the Buffs’ bowl hopes are alive at 3-3 but they must pull off some upsets. Here’s a look at their remaining opponents: vs. Arizona, at UCLA, at Washington, vs. Cal, vs. USC, at Utah.
The Cal football team has had to start from the bottom this year with a new coach and a slew of injuries, but Cal men’s soccer is enjoying its view from the top as the No. 1 team in the country.
Jacob Thorpe of the Spokesman-Review gives us Washington State’s unit grades against Oregon. Not too shabby overall despite the 24-point loss.