Five Pac-12 players to root for
There is no shortage of players who will excite on the field in the Pac-12 this season, but it's not all about on-field performance. Whether it's for their off-field contributions or their on-field demeanor, here are five guys worth rooting for even if they don't play for your team.
Mailbag: ASU vs. UA; Petersen's silence
Welcome to the Friday mailbag. At the very least, reading it informs you which day of the week it is.You can follow the Pac-12 blog on Twitter.And you can follow my personal Twitter account, which is updated when I'm procrastinating -- which is, like, constantly -- by clicking here.
Spring games roundup
Here's a quick look at some of the highlights of the four spring games this past weekend.Arizona StateSophomore linebacker Viliami Moeakiola stopped running back Jarek Hilgers on fourth-and-short on the final play as the Maroon team held off the Gold squad 29-23 in front of 8,456 fans at Sun Devil Stadium.
Take 2: Biggest Pac-12 spring issues
There are plenty of issues Pac-12 teams will be addressing this spring. Here are some that are front and center for your Pac-12 insiders.Ted Miller: Spring practice is the official transition from taking stock of the 2013 season, including recruiting, to looking ahead to next fall.
Top 2013 performances: Taylor Kelly
We're looking at some of the top individual performances in the Pac-12 in 2013.Up next: Kelly orders a 7-up.Who and against whom: Arizona State quarterback Taylor Kelly was a one-man wrecking crew in the Sun Devils’ 55-21 Halloween win over Washington State in Pullman.
Mailbag: What's next for Oregon State?
Welcome to the mailbag. This is a safe place that allows the free expression of ideas. Let your power animal run wild, just please clean up after it.Couple of questions about the departure of Oregon State offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf (Eric and Benny, questions received) mainly inquiring as to the direction of the offense, what it means for Sean Mannion and how this impacts the team this close to recruiting.
Talent drain leaves Pac-12 defenses in flux
The Pac-12 has seen a flurry of defensive coordinator movement over the last couple of weeks -- starting with the power struggle for former Washington defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox to the recent exoduses of Stanford’s Derek Mason to Vanderbilt as head coach and UCLA’s Lou Spanos to the Tennessee Titans as linebackers coach.
Heisman Trophy contenders in Pac-12
Despite being a top-two conference in college football, the Pac-12 was inexplicably shut out when it came to Heisman Trophy finalists. Of course, if the award took into account the entire season, both Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey probably would have been there.