Matt Scott

CFT Predicts: the Pac-12

7 Comments

As the 2013 season draws near, we peek into our crystal ball and guess project how each of the five major conferences will play out. Today, we examine the Pac-12.  

While we’re at it, be sure to check out our other conference predictions: SEC, Big Ten

Pac-12 North

1. Stanford (Last year: 12-2; beat Wisconsin in Rose Bowl)
What happened last season?
Though Stanford lost arguably the best quarterback to ever pass through the program in Andrew Luck, the Cardinal did something it couldn’t when Luck and Jim Harbaugh were on The Farm: win the Pac-12. David Shaw is quickly ascending the list of best college coaches in the country. I mean, the guy did a Ted Talk. Clearly Stanford is big-time now.

So why are they ranked here?
The Cardinal are experienced and there really aren’t many glaring weaknesses on either side of the ball. Quarterback Kevin Hogan is undefeated as a starter and has a solid offensive line and running game that brings back Tyler Gaffney. The defensive front seven returns plenty of starters too, including linebacker Shayne Skov. This is a solid team all around.

Anything else?
Things get a little more interesting schedule-wise in the second half of the season. The Cardinal play UCLA, Oregon State and Oregon in consecutive weeks before ending the year against Cal and Notre Dame. Weather that schedule and Stanford will absolutely be in the national title discussion. And I’d like their chances of winning it all (meaning, by rule of the jinx, they’ll go 8-5 and OMG I’m so sorry, you guys [sad face]).

2. Oregon (Last year: 12-1; beat Kansas State in Fiesta Bowl)
What happened last season?
Another BCS win for the Ducks would end up being the final game for coach Chip Kelly, who left for the NFL shortly thereafter. But the important story line here is that the one-point safety happened and we are all now better off as humans for seeing it.

So why are they ranked here?
The Pac-12 North looks like it could play out in a similar fashion to the SEC East, where Georgia and South Carolina could be slotted in either order as 1A or 1B. Oregon is actually the preseason favorite to win the North (and the league’s championship game) — albeit by the slimmest of margins — but if it comes down to it, I’m going to go with Shaw over first-year coach Mark Helfrich.

Anything else?
There’s a lot of national focus on Teddy Bridgewater and Johnny Manziel as far as as quarterbacks go, but keep an eye on Marcus Mariota. This redshirt sophomore was efficient in his first year as a starter, throwing for 32 touchdowns to just six interceptions while completing nearly 70 percent of his passes. He has great size (6-foot-4 and 211 pounds) and athleticism.

(more…)

RB Daniel Jenkins transferring from Wazzu… back to Arizona

2 Comments

In December, it was announced that Daniel Jenkins would be transferring out of the Arizona football program after finishing second among Wildcat running backs in rushing yards last season.  In January, the running back took to Twitter to announce that he would be transferring to Washington State to continue his collegiate playing career.

Four months later?

Lt. Frank Drebin, take it away…

 

Friday night, UA head coach Rich Rodriguez announced that Jenkins had decided to leave Wazzu and transfer back to the Wildcats.  No reason was given for Jenkins’ decision to transfer back into the program from which he had left just five months ago.

Jenkins participated in spring practice at WSU and would’ve been eligible to play for the Cougars in 2013 as he had graduated from UA in December.  Now, he will be eligible to play for the Wildcats this season as a graduate transfer.

In 2012, Jenkins was third on the team in rushing behind the nation’s leading rusher Ka’Deem Carey (1,929 yards) and quarterback Matt Scott (506) with a career-high 293 yards.  As a four-star member of UA’s 2009 recruiting class, Jenkins was rated as the No. 12 all-purpose back in the country by Rivals.com.

Transfer QB Scroggins to be ‘very limited’ for Arizona’s spring

1 Comment

Widely viewed as the front-runner to replace Matt Scott at quarterback for Arizona, Jesse Scroggins will have to wait until summer camp to start staking his claim to the starting job.

The transfer quarterback underwent surgery on his foot recently, Wildcats head coach Rich Rodriguez acknowledged Tuesday.  As a result, Scroggins will “be very limited” during the 15 spring practice sessions.

Rodriguez said Scroggins “probably could have played with” the injury this season, while also stating that the foot issue was “something he probably needed to get fixed earlier in his career.”  Regardless, the team and the medical staff decided to err on the side of caution with a player expected to play a key role in the offense in 2013.

“I’d rather have everyone be 100 percent in August than have a question mark if he tweaks it or something,” the coach said, adding the player “won’t be in any full-contact practices.”

In December of last year, Scroggins officially signed with Arizona after spending the 2012 season at the JUCO level.  Scroggins had announced the previous June that he would be transferring from USC, two years after he was a touted four-star member of the Trojans’ 2010 recruiting class.

Scroggins will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2013.

(Photo credit: USC athletics)

Offseason one-liners: Sunday combine edition

2 Comments

It was a slow college football Sunday, so here are some links from today’s action at the NFL combine…

Ex-Arizona RB transferring to Wazzu

3 Comments

Looking to end his collegiate career with the possibility of more playing time, ex-Arizona running back Daniel Jenkins will transfer within the Pac-12.

Via his Twitter account, Jenkins said that he will transfer to Washington State.

Jenkins made his decision last month following an 8-5 season for the Wildcats. With Ka’Deem Carey coming back for (one would assume) one more season, there wouldn’t seem to be much playing time for Jenkins unless Carey was injured or suspended. Because Jenkins has already received his undergraduate degree from UA, he can transfer to another FBS school and play immediately.

Jenkins was third on the team in rushing in 2012 behind Carey and quarterback Matt Scott with 293 yards and two touchdowns.