In detailing the UCLA’s top 5 worries of fall camp, BRO’s Tracy Pierson, perhaps surprisingly, cites quarterback Josh Rosen’s inconsistent practice performances. “We have to wonder, too, if the Rosen hype is a bit premature and has possibly affected his fall camp performance. We’ll admit it here at BRO, we’ve indulged in the Rosen hype. But we are a UCLA site and should be prone to those kinds of things. But when he made the cover of Sports Illustrated last week, it made us think: What has Rosen done to warrant this? He had a good freshman season, not spectacular, but good. The SI article is about a player that hasn’t really done enough yet to warrant being on the cover of SI. Is there a possibility that the Rosen Hype is affecting Rosen the Player? We have to ask the question, because his shakiness in camp and the Hype has coincided.” Full story (premium)
Sun Devil Source asks its readers to imagine a three-year starting quarterback with a completion percentage of about 55 percent, a 15-18 record, and 41 touchdown passes and 25 interceptions. “As an ASU fan, you'd be pretty unhappy with that performance, right?,” Chris Karpman writes before adding the gotcha: Those were the precise three-year accomplishments of celebrated ASU quarterback Jake Plummer, who took his team to the Rose Bowl in his fourth year. The point? ASU fans shouldn’t be too quick to push the panic button on this year’s starter, whether it’s sophomore Manny Wilkins or redshirt freshman quarterback Brady White. Full story (premium)
It’s gameweek Down Under for Cal, which takes on Hawaii in Australia on Friday at 7 p.m. And the player to watch in the first college football game of the year is Cal’s Derron Brown, who will be key to disarming the Rainbows’ pistol offense. A safety who's been a terror off the edge when healthy this fall and spring, Brown can wreak havoc in the backfield, and he has the patience, speed and lateral quickness as a safety, but at outside linebacker. "Derron Brown is … whoo," defensive coordinator Art Kaufman tells Bear Territory, cracking a rare smile. "He's done a nice job.” Full story (premium)
The Cougars fell just outside the first AP Top 25 poll, settling in at No. 29 in the “others receiving votes” category. Cougfan observed that 76 percent of the voters who placed the Cougs in their top 25 reside outside of the West Coast. Michael Lev of the Orange County Register voted the Cougs the highest, at No. 15. Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times had Wazzu at No. 16. Joe Dubin of WSMV-TV in Nashville voted the Cougars No. 17 on his ballot. And Adam Jude of the Seattle Times voted Washington State No. 20 (and earned the undying love of Husky fans everywhere by voting Washington a couple rungs lower at No. 22). Full story
At some schools, the ‘student’ in ‘student-athlete’ kicks in earlier than others, putting the football program at a comparative disadvantage. Classes began at Colorado on Monday, so the players' and coaches’ attentions are now divided between football and academics. “Instead of us having meetings with them in the afternoon, I will be checking classes this afternoon to make sure they are in class,” head coach Mike MacIntyre said. “I am pretty sure they will all be there, but I will make a little path through campus.” Full practice notes.
Defensive back Chris Seisay has decided to transfer from the program. In a text message, Seisay told The Oregonian that he was "just not happy" on the team and felt he wasn't on good terms with the program. Seisay, 6-1, 190, played in a total of 18 games for Oregon recording 55 tackles and an interception but was hampered by injuries for much of last season. Full story
Saturday’s official declaration that Max Browne would start at QB made for an anticlimactic official depth chart release on Sunday, but for those looking for a preseason primer on the Trojans’ position groups, USCFootball.com dives deep into the Trojans depth charts in all three phases of the game. Offense. Defense. Special teams.