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August 21, 2006

Pac-10 Notes: Jennings pushing for 'Zona RB job?

A quick look at the latest news out of the Pac 10 from around the Rivals.com Network:

Pac-10 Practice Reports
Arizona: Chris Henry is still the starting running back, but Chris Jennings is making a strong case in fall camp. Jennings has been running the ball well and continued that in Sunday's scrimmage, taking his first carry 50 yards for a score. Quarterbacks Willie Tuitama and Adam Austin both had good days throwing the ball. Cornerback Michael Klyce replaced Michael Johnson in the starting lineup Sunday, and the secondary looked good in the scrimmage.
Arizona State: Coach Dirk Koetter made an announcement after Sunday's practice that he changed his mind and would be starting Rudy Carpenter at quarterback over Sam Keller. The players were told of the move earlier in the weekend and Keller was excused from Sunday's workout. He is reportedly considering a transfer to another program.
Cal: The Cal defense dominated the team's first scrimmage. Linebacker Desmond Bishop built on his strong fall camp with an impressive showing in the scrimmage. A sour note for the defense was the loss of starting cornerback Tim Mixon. The senior is having an MRI on his knee this week, but coaches are not optimistic. Freshman Syd'Quan Thompson will fill in for Mixon if he can't go.
Oregon: The Ducks secondary has been dinged up the last week in practice. The most notable injury is T.J. Ward, who will miss four-to-six weeks following knee surgery. Brian Paysinger has looked good in his quest to become the team's third receiver. Punter Mike Dragach has been showing off a powerful leg in practice. His kicks have been averaging 45-55 yards and some of them have exceeded five seconds of hang time.
Oregon State: The Oregon State offense struggled mightily in Saturday's scrimmage. Quarterbacks Sean Canfield and Lyle Moevao completed just 7-of-26 passes while leading the first and second teams. Third string quarterback Ryan Gunderson looked much better than the two players ahead of him on the depth chart. He completed 5-of-6 passes for 110 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Nichols. Second-string running back Clinton Polk had 54 yards on 17 carries.
Stanford: The defense controlled the day during Saturday's scrimmage. Four different players had interceptions and Mike Silva recovered a fumble. The offense still managed to score four touchdowns during the scrimmage, one coming on a fake punt. Xavier Carter rushed eight times for 59 yards.
UCLA: The defense and passing game looked good in Saturday's scrimmage, while the offense struggled to run the ball. Freshman offensive lineman Micah Kia ran around 70 of the teams 115 offensive plays because the team is so thin on the line right now.
USC: Thirteen different receivers caught passes from John David Booty and Mark Sanchez during Thursday's scrimmage. Receiver Dwayne Jarrett and running back Chauncey Washington both missed the scrimmage, but that did not stop the USC offense. Freshman Emmanuel Moody had a huge day running the ball. He carried the ball nine times for 128 yards and two scores. Fellow freshman Stafon Johnson finished with 62 yards on nine carries.
Washington: Junior defensive end Greyson Gunheim went down with a knee injury during Saturday's scrimmage. Gunheim, the Huskies' top defensive player, had 11 tackles for loss and five sacks a year ago. Coach Tyrone Willingham said that none of his quarterbacks looked sharp during the scrimmage and that overall his team's performance was "spotty" on both sides of the ball.
Washington State: Both Alex Brink and Gary Rogers looked better in the team's second scrimmage Thursday. Running back Darrell Hutsona continues to amaze with his tremendous speed. The junior college transfer returned the opening kickoff of the scrimmage for a touchdown. Andy Mattingly intercepted a Kevin Lopina pass on the sideline and returned it 55 yards for a score. Jason Jill, Brandon Gibson and Chris Jordan all had good days catching the ball.

(Compiled by Brandon Castel, Rivals.com)

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