We're getting close!! Oregon is in action Thursday night to kick off Pacific-10 Conference games in 2009. Here are articles from up and down the West Coast:
ARIZONA: The Wildcats' best receiving threat might be sidelined this weekend with back issues. He's also the reigning Pac-10 first-team tight end.
ARIZONA STATE: As if the preseason hasn't been rocky enough with injuries and unresolved position battles, the Sun Devils suspended up to six players for team violations, including Taylor, a starting receiver.
CALIFORNIA: Solid Bay Area column about how a Heisman Trophy hopeful running back's offensive line isn't about to get caught up in all the hype that comes with the nation's top award. They'll just block for him.
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OREGON: Ducks talk about the lessons learned from last year's close loss to Boise State in Eugene.
OREGON STATE: Interesting defensive end the Beavers have in the fold. He has read-a-thons and likes to lift 300-pound rocks a la strongman-competition. Nice.
STANFORD: Never a bad thing when a team's star has big aspirations, and predicts great things for the Cardinal in 2009.
UCLA: Much of the way Carter instructs the Bruins defense is in the same manner he grew up, hearing a single mom raise a family.
USC: Short on bodies, the Trojans will rotate in a few newcomers at defensive end against San Jose State in their season opener.
WASHINGTON STATE: As usual, thorough in nature, the Spokesman Review rounds up plenty of tidbits from Tuesday workouts. A short summary: James Montgomery, Dwight Tardy and Lo Mitz will rotate in at tailback against Stanford on Saturday … Backup center Andrew Roxas (who has started plenty the past two seasons) has a viral case of hepatitis, and has seen a specialist about it in Los Angeles. … A pair of true freshmen, receiver Gino Simone and defensive lineman Travis Long, will start, and a third, linebacker Darren Markle, will see playing time. For more, read my man, Vince Grippi's post.