Roundup: Utah football gets cupcakes from Popular Mechanics
Sweet (literally) – after calling it a cupcake opponent for Michigan, Popular Mechanics sent the Utah football team some cupcakes. I’ll take one (or 12).
Kyle Bonagura opines that quarterback Josh Rosen was always the “chosen one” at UCLA. He’s just too good not to start, Bonagura writes.
Washington State AD Bill Moos spoke to Pac-12 Networks about wildfires in the area and how it might affect the Cougs’ football home opener against Portland State on Sept. 5.
Great read from Grantland’s Michael Weinreb on Todd Graham and Rich Rodriguez. A lot of shared history between the two.
Delving into the Tucson side of things a tad, Rich Rodriguez continues to be “coy” about injuries (as in, he doesn’t talk about ‘em), notes Daniel Berk. One thing on this front is for sure, though – tight end Trevor Wood is out for the 2015 season (he’s going to have surgery).
Despite losing nine starters from 2014, the Stanford defense thinks it will still be a major force in 2015, writes David Lombardi of ESPN fame and fortune. Also, check out this video of former walk-on Craig Jones finding out he’s on scholarship. Those videos never get old.
Washington basketball guard Quevyn Winters is leaving the team for personal reasons, reports Christian Caple. He is not looking to transfer anywhere else either.
Intriguing link here produced by Andrew Greif on how Oregon’s quarterback situation is similar to the one offensive coordinator Scott Frost faced when he was a QB at Nebraska. Frost had to replace the beloved Tommie Frazier in 1996 and was immediately expected to help lead the Huskers to a championship (he eventually led Nebraska to a share of the ’97 national title). Whoever starts in Eugene – Jeff Lockie or Vernon Adams – has some pretty big shoes to fill.
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch now says he’ll talk to the media. As a result, he’s having a $75,000 fine dropped (as long as he cooperates with the media from here on out). The former Golden Bear will continue to be at interviews so he won’t get fined.
Brian Howell writes that Colorado linebacker Kenneth Olugbode thinks the Buffs’ experience on defense will be a big plus in 2015. Olugbode, by the way, comes from the best high school in the best city in America, and, full disclosure, also went to the same middle school as yours truly (one of us is significantly older than the other).
Gina Mizell tells us that Oregon State offensive lineman Gavin Andrews will redshirt this year after injuring his foot in the spring game.
Arizona State has been airing it out in practice, Doug Haller reports. Great camera work, Sarah Kezele (does that name sound familiar to anyone at pac-12.com?).
Avinash Kunnath of Pacific Takes (been a while since we’ve had you on here, dude) wonders if USC has the best offensive line in the Pac-12. Soon-to-be four-year starter Max Tuerk is on the Lombardi Award watch list.
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