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Around the Pac-10
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.

1. USC

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 Saturday’s scrimmage. 

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

3. Washington

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' scrimmage

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 Johnson story.

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 awry.

4. Oregon

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 scrimmage story

5. Stanford

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 berth.”

Link to Stanford's scrimmage

6. California

“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 running game.

Link to Cal scrimmage story

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 heir apparent.

Link to Oregon State story

Punter needed.

8. Arizona State

“The 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' story

Link to ASU's spring game.

9. Arizona

“(Willie) Tuitama passed Saturday for 231 yards on 20 of 36 attempts…The Wildcat defense continues to be behind, as expected, with only three returning starters.”

Link to Wildcats' story

10. Washington State

Link to Cougar Story

Link to scrimmage



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