Roundup: Cooks is 'hyped to put on black and gold'
Three Pac-12 football players were selected in the first round of the NFL draft, and Brandin Cooks is “hyped to put on black and gold” with New Orleans as the No. 20 pick. This link takes a look at the Twitter reaction to Cooks becoming a 504 Boy.
Anthony Barr was the first one from the Pac-12 to go. If you ask John Breech of CBS Sports, the Minnesota Vikings get a B for selecting Barr at No. 9.
Next, I suggest you check out this story from Jacob Thorpe about the Arizona Cardinals selecting Deone Bucannon with the 27th overall pick. As it is for all draftees, it was a very emotional moment for Bucannon when the Cardinals called him.
One of the top names still on the board is former Trojan wide receiver Marqise Lee, so Reign of Troy asks, “who will draft Lee in the second round?” I wouldn’t be mad if my Raiders chose him…
Marcus Mariota is still a Duck, but NFL scouts love Mariota. So much so that the Houston Texans might have taken him with the No. 1 overall pick if he were on the market, according to one NFL official.
Kurt Kragthorpe writes that the Utes won’t miss facing Anthony Barr and Brandin Cooks; both of those dudes had big games against Utah and Cooks in particular (nine catches for 210 yards and three TDs, including the game-winner).
For a program that has as much tradition as this one, it’s a little surprising that Arizona State baseball is fighting for its postseason life. The Sun Devils are 24-20 overall and 12-9 in the Pac-12 with a huge series coming up against No. 12 Oregon at home.
The Denver Post’s Claire Martin puts together a nice article on former Colorado women’s basketball star Kate Fagan penning a memoir about being lesbian amidst evangelicals. Fagan’s book is entitled The Reappearing Act: Coming Out as Gay on a College Basketball Team Led by Born-Again Christians and is available now.
So much going on in the world of college athletics this weekend… One thing you should certainly check out is the NCAA women’s water polo championships, and Stanford is the top seed in the field. According to Tom FitzGerald, Stanford’s Annika Dries is key to her team’s title hopes.
There are also the women’s golf regionals, and Washington is second in the West Regional after the first round. SooBin Kim and Jennifer Yang both shot 2-under to pace the Dawgs.
Huge, huge get for the Wildcats: Arizona has landed coveted Boston College transfer Ryan Anderson. He was a three-year starter for BC and averaged 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds in 2013-14.
If you’re a fan of Olympic swimming, you should really head on over to the pool deck in Berkeley, because multiple Olympians train together on the Cal campus. You can see Natalie Coughlin swimming alongside current Bears Nick Dillinger and Tyler Messerschmidt.