Roundup: Former Wildcat Foles 'playing with tons of swag' in NFL
In case you haven’t been watching much NFL action (I’ll admit that I haven’t), Nick Foles has thrown 16 touchdown passes and zero interceptions this season, leading to this article from The News Journal (Wilmington, Del.) about Foles “playing with tons of swag” with the Philadelphia Eagles. Mike Who?
Was there really ever any doubt that Nelson Agholor would be the Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week? All he did was return two punts for touchdowns against Cal. Your other honorees: Stanford’s Shayne Skov (defense) and Myles Jack (offense – yes, offense).
Can’t get enough of this Myles Jack feller? He’s a wanted man on both sides of the ball (don’t forget he’s also a linebacker, now).
It’s basketball season now, Cal’s Tyrone Wallace was named Pac-12 Player of the Week for dropping a career-high 20 against Coppin State.
The Ducks only got halfway to a 40-spot against the Card Thursday night, but De’Anthony Thomas stood by his 40-point prediction in talking to the media, saying he dreamed the premonition. Also, Oregon’s starting quarterback wasn’t at full strength Thursday, but Marcus Mariota is confident he’ll play Saturday as Oregon looks to rebound.
Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated writes that Stanford’s win over Oregon created a nationwide ripple when it comes to the BCS picture. The Card need some big-time help to get into the national championship game, but a Rose Bowl berth against THE Ohio State University would be a pretty nice consolation prize. Additionally, the Stanford women’s basketball team was a victim of a UCONN job, losing to the Huskies 76-57 last night.
Want some other bowl projections? Experts say Oregon State will end up in either New Mexico or Las Vegas.
The NCAA women’s soccer tournament field was released yesterday, and the Buffs are bound for the NCAA tournament with a first-round date with Denver on Saturday. Colorado is one of six Pac-12 teams to make the NCAA tournament, along with UCLA, Wazzu, Utah, Stanford and Cal.
Here’s a pretty cool story from Adam Jude about three Washington football players exploring their Polynesian heritage with Burke Museum (those players being John Timu, Danny Shelton and Hau’oli Kikaha). Sounds like a pretty cool independent study class they’re taking.
Traditionally freshmen wide receivers don’t make huge impacts right away under Mike Leach, but River Cracraft has caught on quickly with 28 receptions for 355 yards this season.
At 7-2 and 5-1 in the Pac-12 South, Todd Graham thinks ASU is hitting its stride but needs to keep improving. The Sun Devils survived that four-week gauntlet earlier this season, now they must gear up for another tough stretch to end the season: Oregon State, UCLA and Arizona.
Utah is averaging just 15 points per game over their last three football contests, and the Utes don’t have answers for their offensive struggles. They’ll need a ton of O on Saturday, too.