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July 27, 2010 at 12:10 PM

Lunchtime notes — Pac-10 to rename itself Pac-12, and Martin talks on KJR

The Pac-10 will apparently use the occasion of its media day in New York to officially announce that it will rename itself the Pac-12. No surprise as this is what everyone has thought all along and consistent with what it did in 1978 when it went from Pac-8 to Pac-10 (and glad to see the conference using a traditional Pac-10/12 city like New York to make such an announcement).
Also, in news closer to home, UW cornerbacks coach Demetrice Martin was a guest on the Dave “Softy” Mahler Show on KJR-AM 950 earlier today.
Here’s some of what he said.
— Specific goals for fall camp are to work on ball skills and open-field tackling, two areas they decided needed improving after reviewing last year’s film.
— He said he won’t go into camp thinking that either job is set, saying everyone will have a chance to be a starter.
— That said, praised Desmond Trufant heavily and said his “football intelligence” — understanding formations and plays, etc. — was what set him apart a year ago and allowed him to start as a true freshman. Also said he’s taking on a greater leadership role this year.
— Said Quinton Richardson needs to become more consistent, that some days he shows he could be “a top-round pick at the next level and the next day he just doesn’t show up.” Said he has to get better at leaving off-field issues off the field and just contentrating on football when on the field and that’s it’s obvious “how much better he is” when he “just plays football.”
— Said Anthony Boyles had a nice spring but that he now has to “clean up technical stuff” such as footwork, and also get better at learning the defense. But he said he “expect great strides” from Boyles in camp.
— Said Vonzell McDowell is recovering from some sort of injury that wasn’t defined (and I don’t remember McDowell being hurt in the spring as he had an interception in the spring game). Sounded like a leg injury of some sort since he said McDowell is “looking better, running a lot better.” Made it sound like it’s not a big deal, however, and that he expects McDowell to be right in the mix to start. (He wasn’t asked about any of the other CBs so that’s why nothing on anyone else).
— Asked to compare the atmosphere this year to last year said it’s “night and day” and that “the swagger is back, as they say.”
All for now.

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