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Morning kickoff: Taz Stevenson embracing his role as OLB and lots of links

Here's my notebook in today's paper which leads with the transition of Taz Stevenson from safety to linebacker.

From the story ...

Stevenson jumped at the chance to play outside linebacker this spring and may be playing his way into a starting job.

“I was excited,” said the junior from Hawaii. “I played a little bit of outside linebacker in high school too, so that should help.”

Stevenson is with the first-team when the defense works in the 3-4 alignment, featuring four linebackers. When the Huskies work on a 4-3 look, Stevenson is the outside linebacker on the strong side, the side where the tight end lines up for the offense.

“It’s a big adjustment for me, but I’m used to playing physical so it’s not going to be that hard …,” he said.Some pictures from an airplane of Husky Stadium renovation

Kasen Williams was on with Mitch in the Morning.

North Division

Cal: A look at the depth at running back, which includes one-time UW commit Brendan Bigelow. Running back CJ Anderson dislocated  his thumb and John Breech has a photo .

Oregon: Rob Moseley takes a look at the position battles, including at wide receiver and the offensive line. Several players are vying to fill the shoes left by defensive back Eddie Pleasant.

Oregon State: Lindsay Schnell writes about quiet offensive linemen Michael Phillip, who could be a key to OSU's line. Malcom Agnew's injury troubles continue as he left practice with a hamstring injury.  Below, head coach Mike Riley talks with Softy Mahler.

Stanford: Jon Wilner writes about the change in tight ends with the graduation of Coby Fleener. The Cardinal still has H-Back Zach Ertz and massive tight end Levine Toilolo. Here's some updates from practice.

Washington State: Christian Caple has this story on offensive tackle Rico Forbes. Also in that is a note on Denzell Dotson, who got a DUI the other day. Linebacker Sekope Kaufusi had his marijuana charges dropped, but no word if he will be let back on the team.  CougCenter has a wrap-up post with a bunch of videos from the WSU site. And of course, Mike Leach knows how to operate a crane.

South Division

Arizona: Left tackle Mickey Baucus is recovering from microdisketomy surgery on his back. ... Fellow offensive linemen Chris Putton earned his US Citizenship.

Colorado: The options for replacing Paul Richardson won't have a ton of experience.

UCLA: Damien Holmes has trimmed down in his switch from defensive end to a hybrid linebacker position. Here's some video of Jim Mora ...

USC: RB Curtis McNeal is enjoying a drama free spring. ... DB Josh Shaw says he'll be eligible to play this season. ... Matt Barkley got back into a groove.

Utah: Redshirt running back Jarrell Oliver is impressing when he does get his carries. ... Columnist Kurt Kragthorpe writes abou t an agonizing defeat in high school helped shape offensive linemen Daniel Nielson.