Roundup: Ross Bowers named Cal's starting quarterback

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California

Ross Bowers was named Cal’s starting quarterback for the season opener at North Carolina, head coach Justin Wilcox announced Monday night (San Francisco Chronicle).

Washington

Washington linebacker Azeem Victor is suspended for the season opener against Rutgers for a violation of team rules, head coach Chris Petersen announced Monday (ESPN). It was also announced that sophomore defensive back Austin Joyner has been suspended for the first two games.

Utah

Utah football coach Kyle Whittingham is uncertain about safety Chase Hansen’s availability for the season opener Thursday against North Dakota, notes Lynn Worthy of The Salt Lake Tribune. Hansen has been practicing for the last week or so after missing the start of camp due to an unspecified injury.

USC

USC volleyball outside hitter Khalia Lanier was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week after averaging 4.36 kills per set on a .400 hitting percentage in helping lead the 18th-ranked Trojans to three wins over LMU, Michigan and Albany.

Stanford

Speaking of volleyball rankings, Stanford is the new No. 1 team in the nation after preseason No. 1 Texas lost its season opener to now-No. 3 Florida (NCAA.com).

Arizona

Here’s a piece of Ashley Adamson’s interview with Arizona defensive lineman My-King Johnson, the first openly gay scholarship player in FBS history. Catch the rest of it Tuesday night at 7 p.m. PT/8 p.m. MT on Pac-12 Network.

Oregon

In this AP article, Anne M. Peterson lets us know that Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert worked on improving his leadership skills in the offseason. Herbert was a counselor at the Manning camp in Louisiana in the offseason. He has also put on 15 pounds of muscle, so the dude is stronger going into his sophomore campaign.

UCLA

Thuc Nhi Nguyen of the Los Angeles Daily News writes that UCLA football is counting on young guys to bring more depth to the defense. One guy to look out for is sophomore linebacker Lokeni Toailoa, who is “ahead of his time,” according to his position coach Scott White.

Arizona State

Arizona State is unveiling a new Pat Tillman statue on the north end of Sun Devil Stadium on Wednesday, and Doug Haller explains why the new Tillman statue is so important to head football coach Todd Graham.

Colorado

Hear what Colorado football coach Mike MacIntyre has to say about quarterback Steven Montez in this snippet from the "Inside Pac-12 Football: Season Preview” show that aired Monday night on Pac-12 Networks.

Oregon State

Jordan Jones scored a golden goal to lead Oregon State men’s soccer to a 1-0 overtime win over UNLV, and here’s the Pac-12 Networks recap so you can see the game-winning goal and final stats.

Washington State

Rob Mahoney of Sports Illustrated makes his argument for why Klay Thompson may be the most valuable player to the Golden State Warriors in this article. How’s this for a stat? According to data from NBA.com and pointed out in this link by Mahoney, no player who averaged at least 20 points per game in 2016-17 held the ball less or saw it less often than Thompson.

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