Roundup: Fall camp has begun

Fall camps have begun for some Pac-12 schools, and as Arizona wrapped up its first practice Saturday, the Wildcats’ quarterback race sputtered out of the gate. RichRod had some colorful words for B.J. Denker, the dude taking first-string snaps, but it was just day one. Plenty of time in Tucson to get things figured out before Northern Arizona.

We’re a couple of days into the Lewiston Experience for the Cougs, and one of the biggest story lines out of their fall camp is that a WSU sophomore is the front-runner at the “buck” linebacker spot. That man would be Destiny Vaeao, who could very well be the replacement for Travis Long this year.

The Quacks begin preparations today, and Mark Helfrich is anticipating the start of preseason camp. Among the top position battles to watch are at running back and inside linebacker, as the new head coach told reporters Friday.

Here are the best-case and worst-case scenarios for Cal this year, because it’s only going to be a Rose Bowl victory or another 3-9 season. No in-between possible.

The Utes are set to open camp today as well, with the major areas of concern being receivers (a No. 3 option in particular), cornerbacks and linemen.

Meanwhile, the Buffs begin fall camp tomorrow, and new head honcho Mike MacIntyre is preaching patience in his first year of rebuilding Colorado.

Stanford football doesn’t open camp for about another week, so we’ll spend the Cardinal portion of this roundup telling you about Tiger Woods cruising to his 79th PGA tour victory by winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. It is Eldrick’s fifth win of the season, but he hasn’t won a major in five years. Luckily, the PGA Championship looms for Tiger after Sunday’s win. Can he do it?

On Saturday, former UCLA offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was one of two Pac-12 alums in the seven-person class, with Arizona State’s Curley Culp being the other.

There was a lot of noise surrounding his move out of Happy Valley, but a year after transferring from Penn State, USC’s Silas Redd is reenergized. Good article here from SI.

The Associate Press turns its attention to Arizona State, writing that the Sun Devils’ confidence is riding high heading into the 2013 season.

As if traveling halfway around the world after wrapping up the FIBA U19 World Championships wasn’t enough, Jamie Weisner had to get up at 5:30 a.m. the next day for 6 a.m. weights. This is but one tidbit in Lindsay Schnell’s Q&A with Oregon State women’s hooper Jamie Weisner.

Continuing along with the “Retake Montlake” series, features the new viewing terraces that provide scenic views. Less than four weeks away from the opener against Boise State, y’all. I’m getting giddy.

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