Roundup: Gabe Marks is an 'oratorical All-American'
This article is a few days old now, but it’s one of the best college athlete profiles I’ve read in a while. Take some time to read Jacob Thorpe’s piece on Washington State wide receiver Gabe Marks, an “oratorical All-American.” It’s not your typical feature, I’ll say that much.
So much for that retirement – Richard Jefferson has re-signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers. RJ said he was going to hang it up in the locker room after the Cavs won Game 7 of the NBA Finals at Golden State in June, but he’s back in the fold.
Colorado football’s Sefo Liufau and Josh Tupou have been named to the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year award watch list (BuffZone.com).
Check out this Q&A between Dominique Foxworth and Richard Sherman on The Undefeated, as the two discuss issues of race, the police and violence. The headline here is that Sherman says “I stand by what I said that All Lives Matter and that we are human beings.”
Great article by Marc Spears of The Undefeated on former UCLA guard and current Phoenix Suns head coach Earl Watson fighting for justice for his slain brother, who was shot and killed in August of 2014 by one of his other brother’s stepdaughter’s boyfriend.
Chantel Jennings opines that the bond between Darell Garretson and Chuckie Keeton could be instrumental in Oregon State’s progress in the second year of the Gary Andersen era. Keeton, now on staff at Oregon State, played QB at Utah State at the same time Garretson was there.
Three Oregon men’s basketball players are on The Big Lead’s top 50 college basketball players list – Dillon Brooks (13), Tyler Dorsey (20) and Chris Boucher (39). Tyson Alger of The Oregonian has more details.
Steve Gress of the Corvallis Gazette-Times writes that Washington football coach Chris Petersen is amused by the preseason hype surrounding the Huskies. The Dawgs are picked to finish second in the Pac-12 North, nabbing quite a few first-place votes in the process.
Ryan Thorburn of The Register-Guard lets us know that Cal football is expecting big things out of QB transfer Davis Webb. The Texas Tech transplant is familiar with the Air Raid offense from his days in Lubbock.
NFL Draft expert Rob Rang gives a scouting report on Utah defensive tackle Lowell Lotulelei, younger brother of former Ute and first-round draft pick Star Lotulelei.
Arizona State wrestling alum Anthony Robles wishes Jordan Burroughs good luck in Rio in this 33-second video produced by Pac-12 Network.
USC-Alabama is the choice for the ESPN Pac-12 Blog’s Week 1 stop of its ultimate road trip. Two of the most storied programs in college football history right here.