Roundup: Cody Kessler and Leonard Williams 'primed to star' for USC
Four more spring games down in the Pac-12. We’ll start with the last spring game of the day Saturday, which occurred in Troy. If you asked CBS Sports senior contributor Bruce Feldman for his takeaways from USC’s spring game, he’d tell you that Leonard Williams, Cody Kessler and the wide receivers look primed to star.
At the Huskies’ spring preview, students and linemen tried out to become Washington’s next punt returner. If you watch the video provided to us by our Sean Kent, you’ll realize that Chris Petersen didn’t find the next Devin Hester. Oh well.
Utah also had a spring game, but more important matters were at hand for the SLC peeps. No Pac-12 gymnastics team was able to advance to the Super Six. Utah came the closest, falling .075 short and finishing fourth in its session. On the bright side, Georgia Dabritz led the Utah gymnasts in the NCAA event finals by tying for ninth on the vault.
Although the Card also fell short of the Super Six, three Stanford gymnasts combined for four top-10 finishes in the NCAA individual event finals, those gymnasts being Kristina Vaculik, Samantha Shapiro and Shona Morgan.
UCLA was the other Pac-12 team at the NCAA gymnastics championships, and the Bruins wrapped up the season at the individual event finals with Olivia Courtney finishing eighth on vault and Samantha Peszek ranking 12th on uneven bars.
Thought we were done with gymnastics? Nah, because Oregon State freshman Madeline Gardiner finished tied for third on the balance beam in the individual event finals. Impressive.
Gonzaga and Washington State will be battling it out on the hardwood as per usual this upcoming season, but scheduling concessions to Gonzaga has left Washington State fans unhappy, with the 2014-15 game being played on a neutral court in Spokane (the ‘Zags hosted the game last season and Wazzu will host in 2015-16).
Late last week, it was reported that former Arizona Wildcat hooper and NBA sharpshooter Steve Kerr wants to be the head coach of the New York Knicks next season. The Knicks made space for him (potentially) by firing Mike Woodson Monday.
Shout out to the Cal women’s tennis team for stunning Stanford on The Farm and claiming its first-ever Pac-12 title. It is just the fifth loss at home for Stanford since 1999.
In women’s lacrosse action, Colorado dropped its regular season home finale to Cal 7-6, missing out on a chance to clinch a spot in the MPSF tournament.
Oregon frosh Edward Cheserek made a triumphant debut at Hayward Field in the Oregon Relays by winning the 5K in thrilling fashion, edging out teammate Eric Jenkins by three-hundredths of a second.