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Looking back at Pac-10 scrimmages


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Just call Saturday "first-scrimmage day" around the Pac-10 Conference. Many of the schools held their inaugural scrimmage of the season, and everyone that did talked about how much time they had to work on the flaws before the season's first game. But that time will pass quickly. Washington State will put away two of its remaining practices today, starting at 8:30 in the morning. We'll be there. But before we head out, we put together a group of Sunday morning links for you, so read on.
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• Washington State: We found a couple more comments from Paul Wulff after Saturday's scrimmage we thought might interest you. They all are concern the lessons learned and the next few weeks. ... "We're a fourth of the way through," Wulff said. "So we've still got a lot of practice. We're going to need it." ... "We got some good work done (Saturday). We got a lot of good things we could teach off of." ... "By that first game we should be ready." ... "It was good to see some plays made by our linebackers. We need to have that." ... "As you get closer to the first game we've got to continue to clean things up. We've got to take this scrimmage, which is the first one, and we've got to build off it and we've got to get better." ... Now on to the links. ... If you missed our blog post last night, don't. We need the hits. ... And here is our story in today's paper. Read it. We need the hits (sense a theme here?). ... And here is the report Mike Robinson had for Cougfan. ... Finally, we don't get to pass on much of the writing Lewiston beat writer Dale Grummert does because of the paper's pay-policy. But Dale had this blog post on the demise of media guides. ... Speaking of blog posts, Chris Caple of the Daily News recently had this one on the WSU quarterbacks. ... Speaking of first scrimmages, Oklahoma State held its first of the fall. ... The OSU fans think coach Mike Gundy is the man.

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• Around the Pac-10: What do the conference's players think about expansion and other pressing questions? The Arizona Republic's Doug Haller asked. ... Washington: Jake Locker is trying to improve his quarterback skills not only for this season but for the next level. ... Conditioning was a big deal in the second year of the Steve Sarkisian era. ... Oregon State: Yes, freshmen everywhere have to watch and learn. ... Some notes from practice. ... Oregon: An injury scare in Eugene, but all is well. ... The quarterback competition is still the biggest news in town. ... Cal and Stanford: The Cardinal make one writers top 25. Heck, they make his top 20. ... USC: The Trojans, like always, are ahead of everyone else. They've already held their second scrimmage, and a bunch of freshmen stood out. ... UCLA: As is the case most everywhere (except in Tucson), the defense was way ahead of the offense. ... Arizona State: Another freshman who made a big impression. ... Arizona: Not to be a glass-half-empty guy, but maybe the Wildcats' defense is not going to bounce back quickly from all the graduation losses.

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• That's it for this morning. We'll be back after the first practice with more. Until then ...




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