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April 4, 2008 at 10:39 AM

Friday links

A few links for today:
— Here’s my story for today on the beginning of spring ball. I focused on a new face (Tripper Johnson) and an old face in a new place (Johnie Kirton) along with a couple of other notes at the bottom. CalDawg asked on the earlier thread about Tyrone Willingham’s explanation for having the guys who spent the winter quarter in South Africa start at the bottom of the depth chart. His reasoning was simply that since they missed all the off-season work, that’s where they would start. Simple as that. According to Kirton, the players knew going into it that that was likely to happen. I would agree with another poster who said that pre-spring depth charts are pretty fluid. They are best written in pencil since they tend to change pretty drastically. Most important is where they are on the depth chart in the fall.
Rick Neuheisel said he saw “eight million thousand mistakes” during UCLA’s first practice Thursday (not something I could ever envision Willingham saying, by the way). Also looks like the Bruins have a three-man race at QB.
Scott Wolf of the LA Daily News says Taylor Mays is one of three USC players named to the Playboy All-American team (others are linebackers Brian Cushing and Rey Maualuga meaning the Trojans look to be pretty good on defense again). Mays is a former O’Dea High star.
— Here’s a brief Rivals.com breakdown of the Huskies.
Ted Miller, a former colleague on the UW beat, is now at ESPN.com and churning out lots of good Pac-10-related stories, such as this piece on new WSU coach Paul Wulff. He also has this Pac-10 notebook which includes his take on the move of Johnie Kirton to DL.
— The Eugene Register-Guard reports Oregon is doing a lot of tinkering on its defensive front seven.
Arizona State is preparing for its first spring scrimmage tomorrow with RB Keegan Herring, the leading returning rusher in the Pac-10, struggling with a back injury.
More later today from UW’s practice.

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