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Morning reading: Amosa steps into starting fullback spot; Wulff on the "scorching" seat

Todd covered practice on Thursday and he did this story on former walk-on and now likely starting fullback Jonathan Amosa. (Video of Amosa above.)

As of now, the offensive newcomer from Rainier Beach High sits atop the depth chart, and might have the most unsung-yet-vital responsibility of them all – blocking for tailback Chris Polk.

“Obviously it was kind of challenging for a little bit (last spring), and kind of humbling to be elevated that quickly,” Amosa said. “That position had to be filled, and I am glad and honored to fill that position for the team.”

He went to spring behind Zach Fogerson and Kimo Makaula for playing time. But in the first week of April, Fogerson suffered a career-ending concussion. At the end of camp, Makaula surprisingly left the program and transferred to Idaho State.

That left Amosa, the 5-foot-11, 230-pound junior – whom Huskies running backs coach Joel Thomas said was a better blocker in many regards than Fogerson in spring camp – as the undisputed starter. Elsewhere ...

Around the NCAA

ESPN released it's College Football Preview

Mark Schlabach compiled a comprehensive and interesting  list of which coaches are on the hottest seats going into this season. Six coaches from the Pac 12 made the list in categories such as scorching, hot, warm and lukewarm.

Two of those coaches made the "scorching" category. Need to guess? You shouldn't. No Tyrone Willingham isn't embedded on that list.

Washington State head coach Paul Wulff is atop the list of all the coaches in the NCAA on the hottest of scorching seats.

The Cougars went 5-32 in Wulff's first three seasons, including a dismal 2-25 record against Pac-10 foes. Washington State is picked to finish at the bottom of the Pac-12 North in 2011, but Wulff feels that momentum is finally building in his program. The Cougars open the season against FCS foe Idaho State and UNLV at home. Wulff could really use a fast start to build some job security.

The other coach on the scorching seat? That would of course be UCLA's Rick Neuheisel. Also making the list in the lesser categories were ASU's Dennis Erickson, USC's Lane Kiffin, Cal's Jeff Tedford and Oregon's Chip Kelly.

Ivan Maisel has this long feature on Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.

Luck's announcement, met with derision from the bards of the airwaves, sent the Stanford community into paroxysms of joy, defining proof that the pairing of the quarterback from Houston and the university in Northern California has been an ideal marriage.

Stanford has done for Luck what it does for 6,800 undergraduates every year. It has taken an exceptional raw talent and helped him mature and develop, with the added bonus of shielding him from the demands of celebrity. Around the Pac 12 ...

Arizona: An i nteresting story on sophomore starting left guard Chris Putton, who was born in Germany. In Ryan Finley's notebook for the Arizona Daily Star, he writes about Jourdon Grandon, who was slated to be the team's nickel back but is now out with torn cartilage in his knee.

Arizona State: Return man Jamal Miles has set a goal of four returns for a touchdown this season. Freshman QB Michael Eubank likely won't play in 2011, but he's turning heads.

Cal: The Bears lost starting fullback Eric Stevens for the season when he tore his ACL during Wednesday's practice..

Colorado: An interesting story on cornerback Jonathan Hawkins, who came to CU as greyshirt recruit when Gary Barnett was still coach in 2005.  So he's on the Tommy Boy and Divish plan for attending college. Lot's of info in Kyle Ringo's notebook, including head coach Jon Embree's narrowing of the race for his starting punter.

Oregon: A former walk-on and a former quarterback are now vying for playing time at wide receiver. The Ducks put on shells and started popping a little.

Oregon State: Athletic director Bob De Carolis was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in June, but he's not ready give up his job yet.

“You can do that, but it brings you down,” De Carolis said of letting his setbacks bother him. “It’s better to say there are the cards I have, and what can I do? Whenever you get something like this you take a step back. You take time to smell the roses. You make sure you hug your loved ones on a daily basis.”

Here's another

story

on De Carolis

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On the football side, head coach Mike Riley will be able to announce what will happen with defensive end Castro Mansaniai, who was in court for a domestic violence charge on Wednesday.

Stanford: The Cardinal is getting a 6-foot-8 tight end back after missing almost all of last season with injury.

UCLA: The Bruins are looking for consistency at receiver. Just a thought, but could that inconsistency have to do with the revolving door of mediocre quarterbacks?

USC: Projected back-up quarterback Jesse Scroggins underwent hand surgery on Thursday after getting injured in a scrimmage on Monday.

Utah: The Utes scrimmaged on Thursday and Jordan Wynn looked sharp. Wynn was 9 of 17 for 152 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown pass to Luke Matthews.

Washington State: Vince Grippi runs down the Cougs scrimmage on his blog.

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