Spring Drills Indicate
Promising Grid Results
Portland State's Glanville-Davis coaching regime heads into its third season with their first veteran squad of their own choosing. They went 3-8 in '07, 4-7 last year and now they have the tools recruited to contend for the Big Sky conference tiatle and national playoff positioning with 39 lettermen, including 16 returning starters. Spring drills included 21 redshirts. The Mouse Davis Run & Shoot attack has an able returnee in QB Drew Hubel, who averaged 372 passing yards per game in '08. Running back/blocker Bobby McClintock is also back, as well as star receiver Aaron Woods, joined by no less than a dozen other pass catchers. Defense is the key question, with Glanville yet to demonstrate his reputed mastery of the stop.
The Viking schedule opens in Corvallis with a September 5th challenge of Oregon State. We doubt the Viks will seriously scare the veteran Beaver Division I group, but then things get easier. In addition to their Big Sky matchups, PSU will entertain Southern Oregon and Cal Davis. The season's promise will hinge on the outcome of a Sept. 19 trip to Montana, the perennial league power. Win this, and the momentum could result in a 10-1 PSU season prior to national
DUCKS, BEAVERS EXPECT SUCCESS
Oregon's first season under the full guidance of Coach Chip Kelly can be expected to be an
offensive success, led by the scrambling Jeremiah Masoli and the throwing expertise of Justin Roper at QB, plus the dynamic rushing of LeGarrette Blount. The Ducks will score on
everybody, but the level of bowling they reach will be determined on improvement by the defense and spring drills indicate that is happening.
The Webfoot schedule opens at Boise State, no gimme! Then the Quackers entertain Purdue, Utah, Cal and Washington State, all in a row, at Autzen. Key encounter on this odd schedule
comes in late October when USC comes to Eugene after the Ducks have traveled to UCLA and
Washington. Pigskin's crystal ball foresees a 10-2 season.
Oregon State opens with a pair of easy wins vs. PSU and at UNLV. Hosting Cincinnatti is a
tossup and then the Beavers go into Pac10 play. They will travel to a revenge-minded USC and also face tough away games at Arizona State, Cal and Oregon. We forecast an 8-4 OSU
HERE'S PIGSKIN'S PAC10 PREDICTION
Should Oregon overcome USC, the Ducks could carry away the Pac10 title, since they also host the other title threats, Cal and Arizona State. SC is breaking in a new QB, Aaron Corp, joining Arizona State, Arizona and UCLA in training new signal callers this season.
Arizona and sad sack Washington State seem destined for the league basement, though
Washington can also expect a tough go in new coach Steve Sarkisian's first outing as the Husky head mentor. Stanford is a dark horse, with proven QB assets and one of the nation's finest fullbacks in Toby Gerhart.
Pigskin forecasts the following Pac10 finish: USC, Oregon, Arizona State, Cal, Stanford, OSU, UCLA, Washington, Arizona and Washington State. A further look into the future wll appear in this space with our August issue.
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