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Lunchtime reading: Callier ready to carry the ball for UW

Here's my story for today's paper on running back Jesse Callier, who will likely be the starting tail back for the first two games of the season with Chris Polk out with knee surgery. While most of us remember Callier showing some speed on the fly sweep last year, really he's a more traditional runner.

From the story ...

With starting tailback Chris Polk on the sideline recovering from knee surgery and expected to miss the first two games of the season, fans will see the type of runner Callier really is and wants to be – a physical featured back who is not only willing to run between the tackles, but also relishes doing it.

“I don’t have a problem running between the tackles,” he said. “It’s what I did in high school. The fly sweep was actually the changeup for me.”

How much power running did Callier do in high school?

“That’s all he did,” UW coach Steve Sarkisian said. Pac 12 North

Cal: Head coach Jeff Tedford has his top offensive coaches together again.

Oregon: Dior Mathes was switched from defensive back to wide receiver. Here's some video of Chip Kelly being interviewed after practice, never a dull thing.

Oregon State: The Beavers scrimmaged on Wednesday. Overall, the defense and a few freshmen really stood out, while the offense was less than stellar. Here's Paul Buker of the Oregonian's recap of the scrimmage.

Tight end Colby Prince will fill in with Joe Halahuni still recovering from offseason surgery.

Stanford: Linebacker Shayne Skov's little brother, Patrick, is a freshman linebacker for the Cardinal.

Jon Wilner of the Mercury News wrote about the increased interest and ticket sales for Stanford home games this year.

Washington State: It was the first day of classes at WSU on Tuesday and predictably, the Cougs had a shaky practice.

Pac 12 South

Arizona: A junior college kicker has moved ahead of Alex Zendejas on the depth chart with 10 days before the Wildcats first game. Running back  Ka'Deem Carey a local kid from Tucson made some plays at practice.

ASU: Corner back Omar Bolden is trying to be a defensive leader while on the sideline recovering from knee surgery.

Colorado: Kyle Cefalo, a walk-on receiver and best friend of former Buffs QB Cody Hawkins, is making a push for playing time. Head coach Jon Embree hopes his first recruiting class proves the recruiting gurus wrong.

USC: Head coach Lane Kiffin won't be punished for his violations that occurred when he was at Tennessee. Of course, why would he?

UCLA: Starting guard Chris Ward suffered an ankle sprain and had to be carted off the field.

Utah: The budget for the Utes is one of the smallest in the Pac 12.