Roundup: Pac-12 Football Media Days – they were fun
Pac-12 Football Media Days are in the rear-view mirror now, and they were fun, like Jason Kirk of SB Nation writes. So let’s catch a headline or two from each school from our time in Hollywood, shall we?
The days got kicked off with the revealing of the Pac-12 preseason media poll, and Oregon was picked to win the Pac-12 title. Not much of a surprise there, even if Stanford is the two-time defending champ.
Speaking of which, Stanford does not feel slighted by being picked to finish second in the Pac-12. David Shaw could really care less, and kudos to me for asking the question that elicited the lead quote in this AP story (#GoodJobKev). Also, Shaw is open to playing San Jose State at Levi’s Stadium and Stanford wide receiver Ty Montgomery is questionable for the season opener with an arm injury.
UCLA was picked to win the Pac-12 South, in large part due to its stellar quarterback. However, Jim Mora hopes that UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley doesn’t get stereotyped because he’s black. He’s a passer first, and his numbers certainly reflect that (he threw for more than 3,000 yards last season).
Huskies head coach Chris Petersen said that Washington quarterback Cyler Miles is suspended for the season opener against Hawai’i on Aug. 30 for his role in an on-campus incident last February on Super Bowl Sunday.
Of course, media days are made for coaches like the one in Pullman, so Pacific Takes did us all a favor by compiling the best quotes from Washington State coach Mike Leach at Pac-12 Football Media Days.
Let’s keep it on the quotable and SB Nation tips, because Spencer Hall believes that Leach and Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez is the “summer’s most quotable concert.” RichRod dropped some serious gems as well.
Doug Haller of the Arizona Republic gives us a story on how previous coaching stops have shaped Arizona State coach Todd Graham and his program. In this article, we also learn that Graham will turn 50 on the day of this year’s Pac-12 Football Championship Game (Dec. 5). Also, Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated talks about how Graham rejuvenated Arizona State.
It was a rough season for Golden Bears fans in 2013, but Cal coach Sonny Dykes promises that his team will be competitive this season.
Gina Mizell of The Oregonian reports that Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion is staying humble despite his increase in national popularity.
Nice little segment of video here of Colorado defensive lineman Juda Parker talking about Marcus Mariota, his former high school teammate. Doesn’t sound like he wants to keep it friendly with him on the field when the Buffs and Quacks play Nov. 22 in Eugene.
USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams was in the house, and Gary Klein writes that he is “expected to anchor a strong USC defensive line.”
Before arriving in Hollywood for media days, Utah wide receiver Dres Anderson was in Jamaica for his sister’s wedding. Anderson was definitely one of the stars of media days; he was loaded with energy. Also, Utah defensive end Nate Orchard has dreams of playing offense as well, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.