Roundup: The long road to ex-Cal QB Zach Kline's first collegiate start
Check out this feature story on former Cal quarterback Zach Kline written by Daniel Uthman of USA TODAY Sports. Kline, once the No. 3 QB in his recruiting class, earned his first collegiate career start last month at Fresno State after making two stops at Cal and playing one season at Butte College and Indiana State. Incredible story of perseverance.
Helluva story here on Washington State football center Riley Sorenson by Michael Weinreb of Bleacher Report. Sorenson lost both of his parents and had testicular cancer all in the span of a few months this year but battled through all of that to have a very good senior campaign. I recommend taking the 15 minutes out of your day to read this link.
Big news in Eugene – Oregon running back Royce Freeman is returning for his senior season (The Register-Guard). Injuries toned down his draft hype this year but you can expect a big 2017 for Rolls Royce.
From Tuesday – Oregon State football coach Gary Andersen signed an extension that will keep him under contract through the 2021 season, the university announced (The Oregonian/OregonLive on the link).
No. 2 UCLA men’s basketball improved to 13-0 after beating Western Michigan 82-68 Wednesday night (Pac-12 Networks highlights). The Bruins finish non-conference play undefeated for the first time since 1994-95 (did the Bruins have a good season that year? I can’t remember).
Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News is of the opinion that Christian McCaffrey is performing a public service by not playing in the Sun Bowl to prepare for the NFL Draft. It’s all about getting that guaranteed money from being a high draft pick, and there’s nothing wrong about that.
Kyle Bonagura writes that USC is happy to let its true freshmen wait in the wings and use a redshirt year. The Trojans have that depth back up after the sanctions.
Chantel Jennings discusses the factors in Jake Browning’s progression as Washington’s quarterback. A lot of the good stuff can be traced to offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith, she notes.
Here’s the Arizona Daily Star recap of Arizona women’s basketball edging Utah State 61-57 to head into the Christmas break on a positive note.
Don’t have school or work Thursday and looking for something to do? Check out the Arizona State-Central Arkansas game at noon PT/1 p.m. MT on our airwaves (ASU game notes).
Kyle Bonagura opines that Colorado has the best secondary in the Pac-12 in his conference position power rankings post.
David Lombardi gives us a 2016 Utah football season review.