Roundup: Oregon's Hawkins goes the extra mile
This is almost a couple of weeks old now, but you should really read this piece from Rob Moseley detailing how Daryle Hawkins goes the extra mile to balance school and football. And when we say mile, we actually mean 220 of ‘em, for that’s about his round-trip mileage to get to and from a product design class in Portland three nights a week. Such a good, well-written story about a pretty incredible dude.
What do you get for accounting for seven touchdowns in a 34-point victory? Why, you get named the Pac-12 Player of the Week like Taylor Kelly, of course! Josh Shaw (USC) was the defensive honoree and Jayon Brown (UCLA) took home the special teams award.
Eighteen true freshmen have played for the Bruins this season, and at 6-2 and in control of their own destiny in the Pac-12 South, the Bruins’ youth movement is paying off. That Myles Jack kid is one impressive feller, for starters, and that Jayon Brown dude who took home Pac-12 special teams POW honors is also a first-year guy.
Things are in order for #TeamKaDeem on and off the field, and Ka’Deem Carey is getting a late Heisman push after his off-field issues, writes Jeremy Fowler of CBSSports.com. Probably won’t win the Heisman with this being the Year of the Quarterback and all, but he could certainly make a run at the Doak Walker Award.
One reason why Carey is a dark-horse candidate in the Heisman race is because of Marcus Mariota, and Stanford is looking for ways to stop Mariota this Thursday night. Unrelated: You never want to hear something like this, but apparently there were slurs in Richie Incognito’s messages to Jonathan Martin, which were the impetus for the former Cardinal standout to leave the Miami Dolphins last week.
He hasn’t had a great last couple of weeks, but Sean Mannion was named a Davey O’Brien Award semifinalist alongside Brett Hundley, Marcus Mariota and 13 other quarterbacks.
Let’s follow Ed Orgeron and USC into battle, shall we? Great footage from USC’s 31-14 win over the Beavs last Friday night.
The Buffs will battle in Seattle this weekend against the Dawgs, and Colorado is trying to build upon the improvement it showed against UCLA.
His finger has been banged up the last couple of weeks, but Travis Wilson’s focus is off his hand and on Arizona State. Sounds like the Ute signal caller is healthy now.
Adam Jude of the Seattle Times gives us a by-the-numbers look at the Washington-Colorado game that’ll happen Saturday evening on Montlake.
Want some Washington State unit grades for the Arizona State game? Send Jacob Thorpe a “thank you” note, then.
In some conference news, the Pac-12 CEO group extended the contract of Commissioner Larry Scott through 2018. As part of the extension, Scott was also named the Executive Chairman of Pac-12 Enterprises.