Roundup: RB J.J. Taylor is Arizona's most valuable player for 2017

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Michael Lev believes that running back J.J. Taylor is the most valuable player for Arizona in 2017. Taylor broke his ankle against Washington in the fourth game of the season but was on track to having a breakout 2016.


Brian Howell reports that Colorado linebacker N.J. Falo has been dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules.


Former Stanford basketball player Anthony Brown agreed to a two-way contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported (CBS Sports on the link). Under a two-way contract, Brown can spend up to 45 days on the Timberwolves’ roster while spending the rest of the time in the G League with their affiliate in Des Moines, Iowa (the Iowa Wolves, the artists formerly known as the Iowa Energy).


Andrew Greif reports that former Oregon receiver Darren Carrington has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor DUII charge. The dismissed Duck is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 8.


Washington football announced its 2017 fall camp practice schedule (The News Tribune). Camp officially begins July 31 at 4:45 p.m.


Great story from Kyle Goon over the weekend on how the Utah athletic department rallied around the son of deputy AD Kyle Brennan while he was battling leukemia for more than three years. A long read but a good read.


Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is the sixth best player in the NFL, according to Sports Illustrated’s list of the top 400 players in the league.

Arizona State

Laura Frieder Hazlett, daughter of former Arizona State basketball coach Bill Frieder, was hired as the Pac-12’s chief financial offer (Arizona Daily Star). Laura is an ASU grad herself (and later went to Cal for her doctorate).

Oregon State

Geoffrey C. Arnold of The Oregonian/OregonLive gives us a list of former Oregon State players in NFL training camps.

Washington State

PJ Kendall of CougCenter wonders if the Pac-12 North will be on the line when Washington State plays Washington in the Apple Cup at the end of the regular season.


Aubrey Kragen of whips up this feature story on USC defensive tackle Rasheem Green, a Los Angeles native who is proud to play for his hometown team.


Joe Piechowski of Bruins Nation gives us a preview of the UCLA defensive line for the 2017 season.

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