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September 4, 2007 at 11:23 AM

Around the Pac-10

Tuesday is the day for the weekly Pac-10 Coaches Conference call. Here are a few highlights:
WASHINGTON: Tyrone Willingham said FB Luke Kravitz will not need surgery on his hand and is now officially week-to-week. He also talked a bit about the team’s freshmen running backs and said he thought they all “did a nice job.” He said he was most impressed that they “managed the game” well, being where they were supposed to be, etc. He also said he thought Brandon Johnson was just a block away from returning a kickoff for a touchdown.
ARIZONA: Coach Mike Stoops said the team won’t make “any major changes” in the offense despite the disappointing opener against BYU. “We’re a little frustrated but I think we will get better, just being on the field and the kids seeing exactly how things are going to unfold,” he said. Stoops said QB Willie Tuitama actually graded out pretty well.
ARIZONA STATE: It was a great debut for Dennis Erickson, whose team rushed for 250 yards compared to just 40 for San Jose State. Erickson said going with a power running game was “our philosophy when I came here” based on what he saw of the team’s returning talent.
CAL: Jeff Tedford said the win over Tennessee highlighted some of the team’s advantages in speed which gives the Bears the ability “to create some mismatches.” He also said he hopes the team’s defense will improve this week, particularly its tackling. “We could have tackled better but the no-huddle is hard to simulate in practice.”
OREGON: Mike Bellotti said he’s not sure going to Michigan the week after the upset of the centruy “chages things at all. … But certainly they (Michigan) will be on high alert.” He said the fact that Appalachian State runs a similar offense to the Ducks “probably doesn’t help us.” As for his team’s defense, he said much of the problem was missed alignments and missed tackles, which he thinks can be corrected.
OREGON STATE: Coach Mike Riley said that Sammie Stroughter is on the team’s trip to Cincinnati (the Beavers play Thursday night) and could see some action. He said Sean Canfield will again start at QB but Lyle Moevao will also play, though there is no set rotation like a week ago. He also said guard Jeremy Perry is out six weeks with a lower leg injury and will be replaced by junior Adam Speer. Speer played all of the Sun Bowl win last year, Riley said.
USC: Pete Carroll said LB Brian Cushing, who sprained his ankle against Idaho, will probably be good to go against Nebraska in two weeks. He also said the team’s running back position remains a by-committee approach and chided reporters a little for the fact that there were so many stories written about the team having 10 high school All-Americans on the roster at the start of the year when now there are only three or four healthy guys at that spot. “We never got caught up in having too many guys,” he said. “Right now, it’s a normal position for us.”
UCLA: The big story for the Bruins this week is QB Ben Olson facing his former team, BYU. Olson spent a year at BYU before leaving on a mission and then transferring to UCLA. “I think in Ben’s mind he sees it as his history is at UCLA since this is his third year here and he was at BYU such a short time,” Dorrell said. “I don’t think it is as big an impression on him as people think.”
WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars play San Diego State in Seattle this weekend admittedly knowing little of the Aztecs, who didn’t play last week and will be opening their second season under Chuck Long on Saturday. “We don’t know if they’ll be in two-back or one-back or what. That’s the (problem) with playing against someone who hasn’t played a ball game yet.”
I missed the Stanford portion of the call so I don’t have anything from the Cardinal.

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