Saturday afternoon one-liners

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Meandering our way through the offseason, a single one-liner at a time…

— First-year Cal head coach Sonny Dykes: “I went to WAC media day last year and I interviewed myself. I asked some hard-hitting questions of myself.”

— All-American tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins will be on the field with his Washington teammates when camp opens next month.

— After pontificating on zombies and Geronimo, Mike Leach acknowledged that Connor Halliday is the frontrunner to become Washington State’s starting quarterback.

— A bump pay was not part of the contract extension Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops signed.

— Mississippi State won’t be affected by Oklahoma State playing “I’ve got a secret” at the quarterback position.

— Washington’s Steve Sarkisian proclaims his Huskies to be “a better football team” entering 2013.

— After a challenging first season in the Pac-12, Utah will come into the 2013 season with a chip on their collective shoulders.

Salt Lake Tribune: modifying Utah State agreement shows BYU wants meaningful November games

Mark Dantonio says he and his staff “can’t make a mistake on character” when bringing recruits to Michigan State.

— Injuries aside, Jerry Kill is satisfied with how Minnesota’s offensive line is shaping up.

— The Des Moines Register asks if there will be enough footballs to satisfy Iowa State’s plethora of running backs. Rice quarterback Taylor McHargue looking to stay healthy, take Owls to new heights.

Larry Coker is relishing the challenge of building a football program at UT-San Antonio. takes a look at some of the changes/additions made to South Carolina roster.

— As he failed to qualify academically, Cal won’t have defensive end and 2013 signee Takkarist McKinley at its disposal.

— Texas Tech adds a JUCO defensive lineman to its 2013 recruiting class.

USC graduate transfer Jalen Greene heads east to play at Illinois in 2018

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Greene is turning orange. Well, Jalen Greene is at least.

The former USC wide receiver who announced he would pursue a graduate transfer earlier this month announced on Twitter that he would be heading East to play at Illinois in 2018. He will be immediately eligible to play for the Illini.

Greene was originally recruited by the Trojans as a dual-threat quarterback but eventually made the move to receiver. He caught eight passes for 98 yards at USC last season as a partial starter and added another eight receptions for 116 yards the year prior.

Illinois has already begun spring practice and has been trying several new players at wide receiver in the process to find a good complement to Mike Dudek on the outside. It seems Greene could find himself in the mix to be one of those guys when he arrives in Champaign.

Josh Heupel keeping most of Scott Frost’s playbook at UCF as spring practice begins

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There are a ton of interesting storylines as spring practice begins across the country but one of the most intriguing programs to watch might be in Orlando as UCF looks to simultaneously follow up an undefeated season while also transitioning to a new coaching staff.

ESPN’s Andrea Adelson wrote a good story on the Knights changing some things up under head coach Josh Heupel the past few months like eating with players during meals, new strength and conditioning regiments and the usual offseason stuff you typically wind up season. However there was one interesting nugget about the team’s playbook that the coach relayed:

In other areas, player input has kept a few things unchanged. Take the offensive playbook, for example. Heupel and (Scott) Frost share enough offensive concepts that the new staff has adopted the terminology that players already know on the plays they have in common. So in theory, that should allow the offense to hit spring practice, which started Tuesday, with much more familiarity than another program that has completely changed over its staff.

As they say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. In Heupel’s first head coaching gig, it seems he’s taking that to heart.

David Beaty elevates Cassius Sendish from GA to Kansas safeties coach

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It didn’t take long nor did David Beaty have to look far for Kansas’ new safeties coach.

The school confirmed on Thursday morning that graduate assistant Cassius Sendish, a former Jayhawks team captain and defensive back, would be taking over as the team’s new safeties coach to complete the staff for 2018.

“I am honored and proud to represent the University of Kansas football program,” said Sendish in a statement. “I hold this place near and dear to my heart and I am truly grateful for the opportunity to work at my alma mater. I can’t thank Coach Beaty and the rest of the football staff enough for allowing me to come aboard and be a part of something special.”

Sendish replaces Todd Bradford on the staff after he made the rather head-turning move to leave coaching and take a new job in the oil industry. Recently hired Bill Miller will continue to coach linebackers while the newest hire will team up with defensive coordinator Clint Bowen to handle the secondary.

There will be plenty of time for everybody to settle into their new on-field roles as the Jayhawks will open up spring practice on March 31st.

Heisman winner Johnny Manziel’s NFL comeback makes stop at San Diego Pro Day

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Former USC quarterback Sam Darnold held his Pro Day on campus Wednesday and likely solidified himself as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft. Less than 24 hours later though, a former first round pick seemed to draw just as much attention a few hours south of Los Angeles.

That’s because Heisman Trophy winner and ex-Texas A&M star Johnny Manziel was down at FCS powerhouse San Diego’s Pro Day throwing passes and helping out a few of the Toreros’ NFL hopefuls in decidedly un-Southern California type conditions.

Few players had a more buzzed-about Pro Day than Johnny Football did back at Texas A&M and while he’s not throwing passes for a team just yet, at least it was cool to see the former superstar return to a campus with a football in hand Thursday. No word on if this gets Manziel closer to a comeback at the next level but it sounds as though it certainly didn’t hurt one of the most excited college football players in recent memory.