Little Respect For Pac-12

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Mike Riley of USC, Oregon State, and Nebraska has just agreed to be head coach of the new San Antonio football franchise. San Antonio you say, yes, they are the latest member of the new spring professional football league starting in 2019. The new league is called the Alliance of American Football and will have its first game the week after the Super Bowl. The other cities that were award franchises are: Atlanta, Orlando, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Phoenix, Memphis and Birmingham. The games will be shown on the PAC12 network to make sure that the fans get the… Read more »

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Just a bunch of east coast people with wishful thinking. The fact that the Pac-12 has the 2nd highest average NFL player per school is evidence enough that these writers have an anti-pac 12 agenda. That’s why I never read these preseason ranking things.

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I am fine with a “whole lotta dissin'” from the media this off-season. I’d rather my team be hungry going into the season rather than “fat and happy.” Fat and happy gets you our 2012 season. There is nothing good about fat and happy. I would rather the media view us to start the season as the team that got hosed by ND and Ohio State last year. For that matter, there is a part of me that says that is who we are until further notice. It’s an interesting thing, really. We finished the season with a Pac-12 Championship,… Read more »

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Seems like sometimes the obvious is overlooked. A first team Pac12 player and one of my absolute favorites on this team. Michael Pittman is the whole package to me. He finishes plays as well as anyone, doesn’t have elite speed but gets open and who blocks (both at the point of attack and down field) better than he? In my little mind, he’s as complete a player as anyone on the team, never gives up on a play, whether it goes to him or a run to the opposite side.

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Pittman has not gotten the respect/love from the coaching staff and the press that he should get. He is smart, physical, good hands, good attitude and gives up the body to make plays. Every season I watch the special teams units because this is where the hidden gems of the freshman class can be found and this is where I first noticed him. He was a gunner on special teams and he was in on the tackle on 75% of the plays and always willing to make a big hit. If you have ever played on special teams you know… Read more »

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His high school finale against Bishop Amat and his two future Trojan teammates was probably the single greatest game I’ve ever seen from a wr. Over 350yds receiving. Then he comes in and sticks his nose into the middle any and every play he gets a chance, you gotta love a guy like that.
Another I noticed last year was Bolden, on that fake punt return where Pittman scored, Bubba actually threw three blocks on two different ruins, sealing the sideline for Pittman’s TD.

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I have a feeling he’s going to have a better Pro career than his USC career. Thanks to Helton and Co…

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Who?

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Pittman

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Pittman being held back by Helton? I don’t get it. I know he was hurt while they were training the db’s to not hold and made the db’s wear boxing gloves. It was an odd accident landing on one that way, then being out half the season with a high ankle sprain. But he did end up first team all-Pac12 and was probably our go to receiver on third and long by the end of the year, as teams were taking Burnett away. If he has a good year, won’t that account for anything?

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Pittman should have been starting as a freshman. He plays with an attitude like Juju, and has better physical tools. I could not for the life of me understand why the offense didn’t utilize him more. Even his own father was angry with the coaching staff…

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If my memory serves me right, his father (actually brother) complained that they waited too long for his injuries to heal, and wanted to play him a game or two sooner. They might have been right, but Helton was already catching hell because he let Gustin back too soon. There was never a chance he would play ahead of Juju and Darius Rodgers was solid on the opposite side his freshman year. A game or two doesn’t make a big difference anyway you look at it. I’m not sure any freshmen played as much as he that year.

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Pittman being held back by Helton? I don’t get it. I know he was hurt while they were training the db’s to not hold and made the db’s wear boxing gloves. It was an odd accident landing on one that way, then being out half the season with a high ankle sprain. But he did end up first team all-Pac12 and was probably our go to receiver on third and long by the end of the year, as teams were taking Burnett away. If he has a good year, won’t that account for anything?

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Ummm…where is #45? How could anyone not put Porter Gustin onto this list? He was a monster last year before getting an injury that he will recover from 100% and not lower his ability at all. This, to me, proves what I wrote on the post about ‘modern experts’ just going on the previous year’s ‘celebrity’ (AA lists for the most part) and then looking a stat sheet to find something to back up their declaration. These guys don’t apparently know about Porter Gustin because he didn’t appear on anything they would see. Therefore, in their opinion, how could he… Read more »

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Cameron is good steady linebacker but he is not as quick as he was prior to his injury and cannot cover as much ground in my opinion. Porter is a motor guy; always on the move, full of energy and aggressive. I imagine that we will see some big momentum changing plays from him. Porter’s weakness during his first 2 years was not staying home in position and over pursuit. Last year I saw improvement in those areas and if he can control those issues I think he will surpass Cameron and be drafted higher than Cameron.

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Well the saying is “respect is earned”. The Pac12 has just not performed well lately.

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Actually, since there are 5 power conferences, that means that, if everything was even, that the Pac-12 would place 20 players on the Top 100. So right now the Pac-12 is light by 4 players. Throwing in the mix that there are probably a few players who are somewhere other than the Pac, SEC, Big-12, Big-10, and ACC on the list, then 16 players isn’t really very low. And with Gustin’s name not appearing yet, maybe the Pac-12 is only 3 players down from parity. Could anyone else from the Pac be in the top 10 to bring the Pac… Read more »