2011 Pac-12 Fall Football Camp Updates with a Week to Go

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2011 Pac-12 Fall Football Camp Updates with a Week to Go
Matt Barkley threw 5 TDs in USC's scrimmage on Sunday.

Here are short updates on Pac-12 teams and fall football camps with a week and a half to go:

USC (Much Improved): After the August scrimmages, the offense appears as powerful as the defense. USC’s warehouse of top talent is finally practicing like a top team. USC replaces three on the offensive line and five on the defensive front seven. There are no off-the-field issues and no major injuries.  

UCLA (Questionable): The Bruins' main concerns are the offensive line, quarterbacks, receivers and special teams. The quarterback battle is not resolved (Prince/Brehaut). The offensive line is still a patchwork due to injuries and ineligibilities. The “passing pistol” needs work with dropped passes still an issue. UCLA replaces three on the offensive line and two on the defensive front seven. Major coaching changes.

Oregon (Injuries): The Duck’s main concerns are offensive line, defensive line, linebackers, tight ends and receiver positions. Injuries are setbacks to the Ducks' camp and affecting their depth. Oregon replaces three on the offensive line and five on the defensive front seven. There are a few off-the-field issues.

Stanford (Progressing): Stanford’s main concern is the offensive line, defensive line and linebackers. Stanford replaces three on the offensive line. On defense, they replace four on the defensive front seven. Major coaching changes could be an issue. No major injuries.

Omar Bolden is one of many defensive players out for ASU.

 

 

 

Arizona State (Injuries)*: Arizona State’s main concerns are wide receivers and the entire defense. Injuries to varying degrees are impacting the Sun Devils. The Sun Devils replace pretty much their entire secondary and five on the defensive front seven (Burfict is still punching his way through fall).  

Utah (Reinventing): Utah’s main concerns are the running backs, offensive line, defensive line, linebackers and secondary. They are installing a pro-style offense. The problem is, the current roster has players that were recruited for the spread, and Utah replaces two on the offensive line. On defense, they replace four on the defensive front seven. 8-22 Depth Chart

Arizona (Developing): Arizona’s main concerns are the offensive and defensive lines. The Wildcats have the youngest offensive line in the Pac-12 and they have to protect a passer Nick Foles. The defensive line lost both defensive ends and the nose tackle. Arizona has a few injuries but the O-line is developing.

Cal (Smooth Camp): Cal’s main concerns are the quarterback and running back positions. Camp is going smooth. Cal has good depth and the defense will be strong this year, maybe the best in the Pac-12. On defense, they replace four on the defensive front seven. Cal only replaces one on the offensive line.

Colorado and Utah are both converting from the spread to the pro-style offense.

 

 

Washington (Injuries): Husky offense centers on running back Chris Polk, but Polk just had knee surgery. QB Keith Price barely leads freshman Nick Montana in the battle to replace Jake Locker. The last scrimmage was sloppy. Washington replaces five on the defensive front seven and one on the ever-struggling offensive line.

 

Colorado (Progressing): Colorado’s main concerns are the offensive line, linebackers and secondary. They are installing a pro-style offense. The problem is the current roster has players that were recruited for the spread Colorado replaces three on the offensive line. On defense, they replace three on the defensive front seven. Major coaching changes could be an issue. No major injuries. 

Oregon State (TBD):

Washington State (Progressing): The Cougars replace two on the offensive line (but they are all very small), and the Cougar offense will still put up poor numbers this year. They replace only three on the entire defense, but were one of the worst teams in the nation for both run and pass defenses last year.

 

*Notes:

Arizona State:

On the defensive line, Robinson, Brooks, Jarrett, Guy and Falahola are grads, transferred or out. In the secondary, Bolden, Lewis, Floyd and Tabach are grads or out. For the linebackers, Aaron, Lyons, Parker and McGee are grads or out. With the wide receivers, Taylor, Smith, Simpson and Willie are grads or out. Quarterbacks Threet and Szakacsy medically retired

Fall camp injuries: CB Omar Bolden, WR T.J. Simpson, LB Brandon McGee, DT Joita Te'I, CB Deveron Carr, OG Andrew Sampson, CB Devan Spann, RB Deantre Lewis, OG Adam Tello, and WR Mike Willie.

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