Roundup: The Huskies are back home

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After 21months, the Huskies came home Monday for their first practice in the renovated Husky Stadium. A lot of good tidbits in this article, including Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Kasen Williams practicing with the first team after their alcohol-related arrests last spring.

He used to put a lot of pressure on himself to win the starting job, but Colorado’s Connor Wood feels calm as camp starts in Boulder. He figures to have a significant lead over Jordan Gehrke and Sefo Liufau after having a solid spring. The Buffs hit the practice field for the first time today after orientation, meetings and a team dinner Monday.

So Mark Helfrich opened his first fall camp as the Ducks’ head coach yesterday, but perhaps the official opening of the new Oregon Football Performance Center was bigger news. As Helfrich himself put it, “If a building was a super hero, that’s it.”

Staying in the facilities arms race, let’s take a video tour of Arizona’s Lowell-Stevens Football Facility, shall we? Looking good. A “Bear Down” pool table, even.

USC is known for sticking with its quarterback through thick and thin, but based off how well both guys have performed in the early stages of fall camp, Max Wittek and Cody Kessler could present a tough choice. Perhaps the final decision for the season won’t be made before the Aug. 29 opener against Hawai’i?

With the first practice of 2013 fall camp held in Berkeley Monday, there is a new era of Cal football under way, and Sonny Dykes is the captain of the ship.

The Cougs have a few practices under their belts, and big hits and intensity ruled day four of Washington State camp, with the diminutive-by-comparison Robert Lewis bringing the lumber on Monday.

Up next in the ESPN Pac-12 Blog best case-worst case scenario series: Utah! No more red bike incident talk after this post… or so we’re told.

With day one of fall camp in the books in Corvallis, developing depth is an area of emphasis for the Beavers.

Let’s step aside from the gridiron for a lil’ Q&A with ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla concerning Arizona State’s Jahii Carson impressing at the Adidas Nations Camp.

You can always count on UCLA to have a top-notch men’s soccer club, and the 2013 men’s soccer recruiting class is rated No. 1 by College Soccer News, so you can expect that trend to continue. Some freshmen to watch out for this year? Defender Nathan Smith, midfielder Willie Raygoza and defender Michael Amick, all of whom are considered top-15 recruits by the publication.

By fielding the top women’s college team in Irvine July 30-Aug. 3, you could say that Stanford women’s swimming and diving was strong at the U.S. Open. Big ups to Felicia Lee for finishing first in the 100 fly with a time of 58.94 seconds.

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