The Beaver state, Mizzou's offensive evolution, more mailbag
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I'll acknowledge a lack of Beaver State coverage, but there's a reason: If I'm handing out grades for spring game performances, I'm giving Oregon and Oregon State incompletes.
That's not to say the Ducks and Beavers won't contend in the Pac-10 this fall -- in fact, the teams checked in at No. 8 and No. 18, respectively, in
Oregon State's defense, which returns just three starters, looked great in the spring game, picking off five passes and recovering two fumbles. Junior tackle
With the Rodgers brothers out, Darrell Catchings starred for the Beavers this spring, catching 16 balls for 454 yards and four touchdowns in the scrimmages and erasing any doubts about which receiver will line up opposite James Rodgers this season. He could break out, but it's still too soon to put him in Sammie Stroughter's class. At the very least, Catchings should serve the Beavers well as a downfield threat who will open up the middle of the field for Jacquizz, the reigning Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year, and take pressure off James on his trademark fly sweeps.
We just didn't get to see any of that this spring.
The Ducks, meanwhile, are a serious work-in-progress. The offensive line must replace NFL-bound center
These are two intriguing, but hard-to-read teams. It'll take some time, as
It's unlikely we'll see that level of ineptitude this season, but these Tigers still resemble a
The question for Tigers fans is: Will Gabbert end up more closely resembling
By the way, before you branded me as hypocritical or a Mizzou hater, remember the Tigers' spring differed greatly from Oregon's and Oregon State's because the Ducks and Beaves have well-defined cores, while we simply don't know what to expect from the Tigers. They could go 4-8, they could go 8-4.
Petrino hasn't formally named Mallett the starter over
As for whether Mallett can lead the Razorbacks to a BCS game, however ...
Thanks for the tip, Jeff. I really can't believe more teams aren't using these. Helmet cams give coaches an invaluable first-hand look at exactly what the QB sees as he goes through his progressions and at what he sees developing down field. It's a pretty simple concept and I wouldn't be surprised to see other teams implement it.
It is, however, a little ironic that Hawkins is using technology to aid his program, but closed practices 10 days into spring after ripping fans for posting too much information on blogs and message boards. It's the nature of the beast because after all ... It's Division I football. ... It's the Big 12. ... It's not intramurals. Sorry, couldn't resist.
As far as those QB tapes go, you have to think there's at least one Hawkins rant on there that could find its way onto YouTube. No coach has a bigger propensity to shoot from the hip, and candid camera Hawkins is the stuff of pay-per-view dreams. I know I'd pay $59.99 to see
You mean first-team All-America Taylor Mays? I'm going to act like you didn't ask that question.