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Roundup: Tight QB races at OSU and USC

Aug 23, 2013

Oregon State

It sounds like Mike Riley would like to use both Cody Vaz and Sean Mannion in the season opener against Eastern Washington. Just the next chapter in what Uncle Ted calls Mike Riley’s strangest QB competition.


Fall camp is over in Troy, but no one at USC seems ready to choose a QB, including Marqise Lee. There’s gotta be some sort of answer soon enough, with the Trojans’ season opener just six days away.


Fall camp is also over in Eugene, and now it’s decision time for Helfrich and the Ducks as they break training camp “as one.” Just six more practices before the Aug. 31 season opener against Nicholls (the artist formerly known as Nicholls State). Also, a memorial service for Bryan Campbell will be held at Matthew Knight Arena Saturday. Campbell is the late son of UO running backs coach Gary Campbell.


True, no starting center named yet on The Farm, but Stanford settled on its starting receivers and tight end: Ty Montgomery and Devon Cajuste at receiver and Luke Kaumatule as the tight end.

Washington State

This is pretty neat: Martin Stadium will have a new video board in time for the Cougs’ Sept. 14 home opener against the Thunderbirds of Southern Utah. ‘Tis hi-def, and its dimensions are 73 feet wide by 36 feet high. That just sounds big.


It’s probably not much of a surprise since he’s a senior and was the starter last year, but Travis Coons has won the starting kicking job over freshman Cameron Van Winkle. In other Husky news, Sark thinks receiver Kevin Smith was the biggest surprise of fall camp.


The ESPN Pac-12 Blog has a Q&A with Cal quarterback Jared Goff. The true freshman sounds ready to go.


As one of the best punters in the country (he’s on the Ray Guy Award watch list, after all), Darragh O’Neill is happy with his role for Colorado. The Buffs are going to have him be a holder this year on field goals and extra points as well.


One of Kyle Whittingham’s main concerns this fall camp has been finding reliable receiver options behind Kenneth Scott and Dres Anderson, so it’s good to hear that juco transfer Andre Lewis could give the Utes depth at receiver, though he is not currently listed on the latest Utah depth chart.


Richard Morrison has done it all on the gridiron in his four-plus years in Tucson, as he has played quarterback, wide receiver, punt returner and cornerback. Thus, you could say that the “old man” Morrison gives the Wildcats experience. Where is he now? Listed as a cornerback on the UA roster, he is back on offense as a slot receiver.


According to USA Today, UCLA at Nebraska is one of five non-conference games that could impact the BCS Championship chase. Nebraska will look for some come-uppance against the Bruins on Sept. 14 in Lincoln.

Arizona State

These are always fun to read, so here are game-by-game predictions for Arizona State’s football season. Scott Bordow of the Arizona Republic says 8-4 overall and 6-3 in the Pac-12. What say you?

It's been a long time, but Pac-12 Networks will not leave you without a live event to step to this evening, as Northeastern at UCLA women's soccer at 6 p.m. PT is the first live game broadcast of the 2013-14 season on the Networks. Thus, it seems apt to give you the Pac-12 2013 women's soccer preview from the conference.