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Pac-12 Digest: What you need to know today

Top stories from around the Pac-12 on Aug. 16

Today's Scout.com Pac-12 notebook ...

-- UCLA picked up a not-so-surprising commitment from Quentin Lake, a 3-star cornerback from Mater Dei in Santa Ana, Calif. Lake will follow in the paw prints of his pop, Carnell, who starred at UCLA and still holds the team record for most TFLs in a season. The younger Lake could play safety at the next level. - via Bruin Report Online

-- Colorado breaks camp Friday night and head coach Mike MacIntyre said he hopes to see some improvement on coverage units on special teams before then. The Buffaloes are also investing significant practice time in open-field tackling drills. "In our league you have to make open-field tackles," MacIntyre noted, later adding, "I hear a lot of talk about major college football, all the teams, saying 'They don't tackle like they used to.' Well, the game is spread out more. You're not in a box like you used to be. You notice open field tackles more because there's more opportunities."  - via Buff Stampede

-- Four-star wide receiver prospect Isaiah Hodgins out of Walnut Creek, Calif., decommitted from Washington State on Monday night. The 6-3, 190-pounder said he still intends to officially visit Wazzu but wants to keep his options open. - via Cougfan

-- California kicks off the college football season against Hawai’i in just 10 days in Australia, and the Bears released its first depth chart of 2016 today. Among other observations, Bear Territory's Ryan Gorcey notes that the Bears are loaded at the X receiver position with Brandon Singleton, Demetris Robertson, Patrick Worstell and Justin Dunn. - via Bear Territory

-- Teams that favor the no-huddle will find it difficult to wear out Washington's deep-rotation defensive front. "There’s 12 guys on that d-line; 12 guys can play," says sophomore defensive tackle Jaylen Johnson. - via Dawgman

-- With his best friend, Chad Wheeler, sidelined with a foot injury, USC tackle Zach Banner has shifted over to the left side of the offensive line to fill in, providing Banner with valuable experience. “Hopefully one year in the future an NFL team would tell me 'Hey, we're going to have you play left [tackle] this season,’” he tells USC football. “The whole offseason I'm going to work that side. Then it's going to be comfortable as hell when I get to [NFL] training camp.” - via USC Football


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