Pac-12 Media Day
By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
This year’s Pac-12 Media Day gave a great preview of the up and coming football season. A lot was discussed at Hollywood and Highland. The pre-season favorites voted on by 42 media members are North Division Washington (10-3) with (40) first place votes followed by Stanford (9-5) 1first place vote and Oregon (7-6).
The South has USC (22) on top with UTAH (7-6) in second (14) and Arizona (7-6) in third.
“We’re expected to win games and that’s never changed,” said Huskies head coach Chris Petersen, “Because other people think we are going to win games it doesn’t really change our mindset.”
The Huskies return top notch QB in Jake Browning. Browning the PAC 12 player of the Year 2015 has thrown for over 9,100 yards and 78 touchdowns in three seasons in Seattle.
USC and Clay Helton n are trying to win back to back Pac12 titles. After ending the season with a disappointing loss in the Cotton Bowl to Ohio state.
“I like this team for what is It’s a team and a unified team,” said USC head coach Clay Helton. “This team has won the Pac-12 title and a Rose Bowl now let’s go do something special. Let’s compete for a National title”
Helton is in his third full season as the Trojans Coach has a 27-10 overall record.
Crosstown the Bruin have Chip Kelly returning to the College Game after stints in the Pros with Philadelphia and the 49er’s. Before going to the NFL he was Pac-12 Coach of The Year in 2009-2010
“Since being gone, the game has changed a bit,” said Kelley, “When I left we were the only one running the spread offense and now everyone’s doing it.”
QB Sam Rosen is off to the pros but Kelley has Redshirt sophomore Devon Modster (two starts) mostly playing behind Rosen.
He also has newcomers in Graduate Transfer in Wilton Speight who started 16 games at Michigan. “He brings in some experience I have never been in a ‘grad transfer world,’ that’s one of the thing that has changed since I’ve been away from the college game.
True freshman Dorian Thomson- Robinson brings a boatload of talent from Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas. The 6′ 2,” 200 pounder threw for more than 3,800 yards and 38 touchdowns his senior season.
“The competition is wide open,” added Kelly.