Roundup: De'Anthony Thomas makes a speedy NFL debut

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Us Pac-12 folk already knew De'Anthony Thomas was fast. It didn't take long for the NFL and the Cincinnati Bengals to get the message. The former Oregon Duck returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown on Thursday night. 


Cal defensive coordinator Art Kaufman doesn't watch film from last year. He's starting fresh. The San Jose Mercury News' Jeff Faraudo talks to the Golden Bears' first-year assistant. 

Arizona State

Sun Devil Stadium is banning tortillas, according to a report on, because enough of them have been thrown about during football games to make it an issue along the same lines as glass bottles, artificial noisemakers and banners. To understand why this is happening, here's a little tortilla history from the school's online student media archive.


The Deseret News' Dirk Facer catches up with Utes assistant Dennis Erickson, who is entering his 44th season in coaching. Facer also touches on the rise of Lowell Lotulelei, the little brother of former Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei.

Washington State

Calling all stats nerds. One Cougs fan made an interactive chart of Washington State quarterbacks' yards per attempt compared to their touchdown percentage to determine if it could uncover anything about winning percentage. 


UCLA offensive line coach Adrian Klemm is hoping he's making an impact in building an offensive line that struggled with depth issues last year. According to players who spoke with the Los Angeles Times, things are looking up, even if there are injuries to deal with.


Former Arizona receiver David Roberts is now a propulsion engineer at Boeing. Also, Rich Rodriguez's football team is holding a Meet the Team event on the night of August 15.


Chris Petersen made his way to becoming the Washington head coach by burning the big boys with his former squad, the Boise State Broncos. So it was odd that he voted that Power 5 conference schools should only schedule Power 5 opponents. He's taking a little heat for it from the Idaho Statesman's Brian Murphy


Nostalgia's a weird thing. Part of Colorado's upgrades to Folsom Field includes the destruction of a hill path that players needed to climb up and down while going to and from practice. Oddly, former players tell Buffs Zone's Kyle Ringo that they'll miss the climb


Several Stanford running backs want to be “the man,” but coach David Shaw has a feeling he'll need to lean on more than one premier back to keep his guys fresh, reports ESPN's Pac-12 Blog.

Oregon State

Oregon State freshman Glyeb Ewing grew up in Ukraine and then in Waukon, Iowa. He dishes to The Oregonian's Connor Letourneau on the unrest in his homeland and how Corvallis isn't all that small, in his eyes.


ESPN's Ted Miller counts down the top 10 Pac-12 seasons by player and the Trojans dominate the list with four marquee names. The post is definitely worth a read with all the heavy hitters making the cut from the Conference of Champions.

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