Malamute, updated 20 April 2008
Various teams in the Pac-10 held scrimmages
on Saturday; others prepared for their final spring scrimmage. Here are
some links from around the league.
Super-Soph Joe McKnight is academically ineligible for the rest of
spring practice, having dropped a class which leaves him without the
required 12 units. McKnight’s eligibility for fall shouldn’t be
affected, according to Coach Pete Carroll.
Pete Sanchez is apparently leading Mitch Mustain and Aaron Corps for the
heir-apparent role to departed quarterback John David Booty. Sanchez is
getting the most reps with the ones. However, Carroll and offensive
coordinator Steve Sarkisian say that Mustain and Corps will get
extended reps with the ones.
Link to USC story
LInk to USC's final scrimmage
Pat Cowan has apparently won the quarterback derby in his contest with
Ben Olson and Kevin Craft. Cowan took all the snaps with the ones during
Link to UCLA story
Updated 16 Apr:
Rick, now called the Brewin' BlewWin, is brewing again, this
time about a player mutiny that scuttled a practice.
Link to mutiny
Although the score was Gold 31 Purple 29, the UW’s much maligned defense
came to the fore during Saturday’s scrimmage.
Link to Huskies'
We warned that columnist Jim Moore’s sardonic shtick was in trouble due
to the departure of fair-minded columnist Ted Miller. Miller’s departure
left the Seattle Post-Intelligencer with only two sports columnists, Art
Thiel and Moore – both of whom have been notable critics of Huskies in
the past. Thiel is a well-known critic of big-time college football, and
Moore is like Shakespeare’s playful and mischievous Puck when it comes
to roiling the Huskies. Moore’s latest article, “Ex-baseball pro tackles
new field,” is a balanced and serious-minded look at Husky safety
Tripper Johnson, a complete departure from Moore’s old self.
Link to Tripper
Look for Moore to be less harsh on the Dawgs in the future,
blowing hot and cold that is, this in an effort to be more balanced.
Moore's photons aimed at the Huskies are a double-slit experiment gone
In Saturday’s scrimmage, Oregon quarterbacks were a combined 13
of 26 for 83 yards and three interceptions. In the 68-play scrimmage,
only two of the 14 offensive possessions ended in touchdowns. JC
transfer LeGarrette Blount (6-foot-2, 229) continued to impress at
running back, garnering 68 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.
Link to Oregon's
The Stanford Red team beat the Whites, 24-6, in the Tree’s spring
scrimmage. “The most competitive position is at quarterback, where
Pritchard, Alex Loukas and Jason Forcier are battling for the starting
Link to Stanford's
“Cal sophomore quarterback Kevin Riley got the biggest cheer of the day,
but running backs Tracy Slocum and Covaughn DeBoskie carried most of the
offensive load Saturday during a controlled scrimmage at Memorial
Stadium.” Short on wide receivers, Cal concentrated mostly on its
Link to Cal scrimmage
7. Oregon State
Yvenson Bernard is gone, perhaps, to the NFL, but the Beavers aren’t
short-handed at running back. Ryan McCants (6-foot-1, 223) is Bernard’s
Link to Oregon State
Sun Devils have avoided major injury in the first three weeks of spring.
Three practices (two in pads) remain, culminating with the spring game
at 1 p.m. Saturday.”
Link to Sun Devils'
Link to ASU's spring
“(Willie) Tuitama passed Saturday for 231 yards on 20 of 36 attempts…The
Wildcat defense continues to be behind, as expected, with only three
Link to Wildcats' story
10. Washington State
Link to Cougar Story
Link to scrimmage