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Morning reading: Moniz is the man for Hawaii

yep, that's video highlights of Hawaii QB Bryant Moniz as part of his Heisman campaign. It's kind of cool. He also has a facebook page for his Heisman campaign.

My story today was about Moniz and what he does on the field and how the Husky defense that struggled last weekend might stop him.

“Anybody that plays against him is going to have their hands full,” said Fresno State head coach Pat Hill.

Last season against Fresno, Moniz threw for 376 yards and three touchdowns.

“When he’s in rhythm he throws the ball really well,” Hill said. “We put a lot of pressure on him last year, and he still made a lot of plays with his legs and his arm. If you put the pressure on him, you better get him down and contain him because he can make plays with his feet and arm.”Here's some comments about Moniz from Colorado coach Jon Embree during this week's Pac-10 conference call

"I think the thing that surprised our guys the most is that he's stronger than what you would think. And faster," Embree said on the Pac-12 coaches conference call today.

"Our guys up front thought they had him tackled and he was strong enough to run through them and break some arm tackles if they didn't hit him solid," Embree said. "He's obviously a good player. He won that game. I mean, he beat us." 

Columnist John McGrath had a random thoughts column  - the column as I see'em -- with thoughts on the Pac-16 and the Huskies and Matt Tuisaosopo returning to football.

• Last September, few eyebrows were raised when Washington announced it had reached an agreement to play a home game against Eastern Washington in 2014. But as I was watching the Eagles stand up to the Huskies on Saturday, I thought of Apollo Creed’s words after he survived his first bout against Rocky Balboa.

“No rematch,” grumbled Apollo.

Here's my weekly radio spot with Ian Furness and Jason Puckett from Tuesday

Pac 12 North

Cal: The Bears have two former Colorado assistant coaches on staff this year, and so their knowledge of the the Buffaloes will prove useful for game preparation.

Oregon: Freshman DeAnthony Thomas was impressive in the opener, expect him to get more touches.  Chip Kelly was being well Chip Kelly. He was also quite amusing on Tuesday's Pac 12 conference call.  Here's some video from Kelly's press conference too.

Oregon State: A little quarterback controversy brewing down in Corvallis. Mike Riley said both Ryan Katz and Sean Mannion in Saturday's game at Wisconsin. Defensive tackle Kevin Frahm is back after having knee surgery two weeks ago.

Stanford: Former Bellevue standout and current Cardinal senior David DeCastro wasn't too pleased with how he and his fellow linemen blocked in the season opener.

"Honestly, not good," is how he described the performance Tuesday. "It kind of sucked, to be honest."

Washington State: WSU coach Paul Wulff and UNLV Bobby Hauck coached against each other in the Big Sky at EWU and Montana, respectively. Wulff knows first-hand about the rebuilding process Hauck is undergoing with the Rebels.

Pac 12 South

Arizona: Playmaking receiver Juron Criner missed practice the last two days with an undisclosed illness, but he is supposedly making the trip to Stillwater for Thursday's game against Oklahoma State.

ASU: Columnist Paola Boivin writes that the Sun Devils game could shape their season, The Devils got a few a couple of linemen back for depth.

Colorado: The Buffs may have got their QB for next season with Texas transfer Connor Wood, who practiced with the team for the first time.

USC: The re-instatement of running back Marc Tyler creates more intrigue at the tail back position.

UCLA: Bruins center Kai Maiava has been suspended for one game for a positive marijuana test.

The QB controversy at UCLA is just the latest in a long history of them at the school and in Los Angeles.

Utah: From the LA Times, Utah linebacker Brian Blechen is everywhere Utes quarterback Jordan Wynn says he plans to let it loose against USC after playing conservatively early. After both teams looked less than stellar in their openers, columnist Gordon Monson says it isn't a big game, it's a big mystery.