Sunday mornings are always a busy time, so let’s get right to it. There are stories galore (now that’s a word right out of the 1950s, when a certain quarterback we mention later on was playing football) about Saturday’s scrimmage, along with news from all the Pac-10 schools (and yes, we got all of them today). Read on for our morning briefing.
• Washington State: I pretty much emptied the notebook last night with our observations though I have one more note to pass on. Don’t worry about senior linebacker Andy Mattingly missing a practice and the scrimmage. He’s just got a little tightness that he and the trainers wanted to make sure didn’t bloom into something worse. Better to miss a couple days now than a bunch down the road. Now back to our regularly scheduled links. Here’s my scrimmage story and the probably way-too long feature on the quarterback competition. … Freelancer Howie Stalwick had this piece on the scrimmage in the Kitsap Sun and this post on CougFan. … Finally, one of the better Cougar fan blogs, Coug Center, had this look at the offensive line.
• Around the Pac-10: The Arizona Republic asked the player participants at the Pac-10 media day a series of questions. Here are their answers. … Washington: The biggest news of the day from the Times’ Bob Condotta was quarterback Jake Locker signing a baseball contract with the Angels. No, this doesn’t mean he won’t be playing football anymore. It just ensures the Angels will hold his rights for six years, so when college football is done he has another option … Tacoma’s Todd Milles examines the Huskies’ new cut-blocking scheme. Oregon State: The Beavers have been pretty darn good at defense recently. Here’s a big reason why. … Oregon: Saturday was scrimmage day in Eugene as well, with Nate Costa showing there is some depth at quarterback. Plus, LeGarrette Blount is starting to assert himself. … Cal: Some of us remember watching Joe Kapp play – and coach – football (if you don’t know who he was, check out his Wiki bio). Now Bears’ fans can watch his son play. Stanford: Ray Ratto is right. We all expected more excitement out of the Cardinal coach, especially after he started out so well with that USC quote at his first Pac-10 media day. … USC: Running back C.J. Gable was sort of the forgotten man the first few days of practice. …UCLA: Even during last year’s struggles, the Bruins defensive line was stout. But that unit has taken some hits at practice this week. … Arizona State: The Devils held their first scrimmage and Danny Sullivan showed what he can do. … Arizona: Down the road in Sierra Vista, the Wildcats’ offense took the day off. Not literally, of course. “I thought they stunk,” offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes said of UA’s two quarterbacks.
• That’s our Sunday morning post. The Cougars have two practices today, the first without pads. We’ll be back after that one with a short post, then have our main items in the afternoon. Until then …