We’re more than one week into training camp for most Pac-12 teams and a bit deeper for some. Everybody has entered the contact phase.
And, it seems, the transfer phase.
Six developments of note from around the conference.
*** McMaryion bolts.
It didn’t take Oregon State coach Gary Andersen long to name transfer Jake Luton the starter. Nor did it take long for former-starter-turned-backup Marcus McMaryion to announce he’s leaving the program.
This is the critical third season for the Beavers — will the Andersen-led ascent continue, or fizzle out? — and depth at the most important position on the roster just took a significant hit.
Luton’s major college experience is closer to minor college experience: Four games for Idaho in 2015, followed by a season at Ventura CC.
Without McMaryion, who won the Civil War, by the way, the top backup would seem to be Darell Garretson, who hasn’t exactly been a standout.
Tough situation all around: Andersen wants to name a starter ASAP to help with reps and chemistry, but that route also increases the likelihood of losing your top backup before the first game.
Luton will have 79 inches of limbs and ribs exposed in the pocket.
*** Rosen pops off.
Okay, maybe that’s overstating the statements. And maybe there’s some truth to Josh Rosen’s position that going to school and playing football aren’t natural fits.
But should he have said it? Probably not.
And should he have said “raise the SAT requirement at Alabama and see what kind of team they have?” Absolutely not.
Things were going so well (i.e., quietly) for Rosen, who managed to keep his mouth shut and eyes down through the summer and into camp.
Perhaps this won’t be a distraction. Perhaps it’s the only time all season Rosen draws attention for something other than his play.
Now, it’s worth noting that the comments came during an interview with Bleacher Report in the spring. Maybe that was it, the last zinger of his college career.
Either that, or there are more distraction on the way in Westwood.
*** Dabo-ling with Clemson’s scheme.
Interesting story out of Tucson, courtesy of the Daily Star:
Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez is following the lead of his pal, Clemson’s Dabo Swinney, by creating two coaching positions on the defensive front.
One assistant oversees the interior players, one the edge players.
This isn’t revolutionary stuff, of course. But it speaks to Arizona’s need to ramp up the effectiveness of its defensive line/pass rush/turnover creation.
Rodriguez’s job just might depend on it.
*** Bolles to Barton: Seamless (so far)
I’d argue that no offensive lineman in the conference has a bigger void to fill than Utah’s Jackson Barton, who’s replacing all-conference/first-round pick left tackle Garett Bolles.
Through spring practice and the early days of raining camp, Barton has looked the part of a high-end LT, with coach Kyle Whittingham noting Barton “played his best football as a Ute in the spring and he has picked up where he left off.”
If that continues, the Utes will have one less issue to solve on a line that lost four players to the NFL Draft.
*** 1991 all over again?
That’s bad news for the rest of the Pac-12, because the Huskies have a veteran offensive line — one of the best in the conference — and proven playmakers.
UW’s front seven, with Vita Vea as Steve Emtman (or something like that), should be ferocious.
And here, before we depart, is a bonus item:
*** Coaches cheat, according to, um, coaches.
CBS Sports surveyed two dozen coaches and asked how many of their FBS peers knowingly break the rules.
A little more than half of those surveyed believe a small percentage purposely cheat.
One respondent said cheating was rampant in the SEC and limited elsewhere.
It’s a fascinating topic, but know this: All the estimates are low.
Cheating in one way (a few improper phone calls) or another (cash payments) is common.
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