Roundup: Sun Devil Jaelen Strong looking even stronger
ASU receiver Jaelen Strong tore it up in his first year with the Sun Devils, but coach Todd Graham thinks that the redshirt junior is even a little bit … stronger, according to House of Sparky.
USC opened camp with impressive outings from two freshman. Adoree Jackson played primarily at cornerback but also took 15 snaps as a receiver, while John “Juju” Smith made a few nice plays at receiver, reports the Los Angeles Daily News' Scott Wolf.
Last basketball season, Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak admitted he was finding it difficult to build a competitive non-conference schedule. He seems to have gotten a little bit of a breakthrough with the announcement that the Utes will take on West Coast powerhouse San Diego State on Nov. 18, which will be part of ESPN's College Hoops Tip-Off marathon.
Kyle Bonagura from ESPN's Pac-12 blog reports that Stanford's easing into fall camp – no pads for a few days – is best described by coach David Shaw as “physical basketball.” The good news is that receiver Ty Montgomery is participating and healthy after suffering an arm injury this offseason. The bad: defensive tackle Ikenna Nwafor might have to retire due to a foot issue.
Linebacker Myles Jack says that quarterback Brett Hundley “is the law.” Hundley has figured out that he can be the boss. The Bruins also announced that defensive lineman Kylie Fitts will transfer after playing six games as a freshman last season.
Defensive line depth is just one of many issues for Cal coach Sonny Dykes. Harrison Wilfley and Marcus Manley, and possibly a healthy Mustafa Jalil, could be backed up by some junior college transfers, reports the San Jose Mercury News' Jeff Faraudo.
The Oregonian focuses on sophomore tight end Johnny Mundt, who went from growing up on his family's walnut farm in Hughson, Calif., to catching balls under the bright lights as a true freshman last year. On the hardwood, the Ducks' basketball team will take part in ESPN's Tip-Off marathon by hosting Detroit on Nov. 17.
WSU athletic director Bill Moos is keeping his football staff happy and has given head coach Mike Leach and his assistants pay bumps. The Spokesman-Review's Jacob Thorpe reports Leach's raise is worth $500,000 annually.
Rich Rodriguez says he is not impressed with his quarterbacks or wide receivers, which is either the truth or a way to motivate, reports the Arizona Daily Star's Daniel Berk. Probably both.
First-year men's basketball coach Wayne Tinkle will lead the Beavers into a Nov. 24 matchup against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the MGM Grant Main Event tournament. ESPN announced the schedule Tuesday morning.
The defense shined for the Washington Huskies during Monday's camp, forcing three turnovers. Redshirt freshman running back Lavon Coleman might see a lot of snaps this coming season, reports The Seattle Times' Adam Jude.
B.G. Brooks of CUBuffs.com runs down the news and notes from Colorado's camp. The Buffs are more efficient to start this season, the second under coach Mike MacIntyre.