TACKLES PER GAME:
1. Addison Gillam, Colorado, 8.9 per game (1st)
2. Eric Kendricks, UCLA, 8.8 per game (3rd)
3. Jason Whittingham, Utah, 8.1 per game (6th)
4. Derrick Malone, Oregon, 8.1 per game (7th)
5. Tyrequek Zimmerman, Oregon State, 8.0 (T-8th)
Of note: Gillam, who was a freshman last season, joins Mannion in the select group of individuals who led in a statistical category in 2013 and is back for 2014. In this group, Zimmerman is the only non-linebacker.
"It will certainly impact us, there is no question about it, when they start talking about full cost of attendance and stipends and a lot of different things," George said. "A lot of it is talk right now, but once this is approved and done in August and the legislative team looks at in the fall, we discuss it in January and implement it in the fall of 2015
95. Mike MacIntyre’s continued reclamation project at Colorado. No one doubted that MacIntyre would require a grace period when he took over the Buffaloes before the 2013 season. And he turned a 1-11 team into a 4-8 squad, earning a contract extension through ’18 in the process. But MacIntyre’s second step could prove more challenging than his first. That’s especially true in the thick of a loaded Pac-12, and without departed wideout Paul Richardson. – ZE
"I have yet to pin down the specific financial benefit of moving the (championship game) to Levi's, but (Pac-12 commissioner Larry) Scott could never have sold it to the presidents were it a money-losing proposition," Wilner wrote. "My best guess is that the deal with the 49ers and increased revenue from sponsors will add $1 million per school per year."
This was just the start: MacIntyre has inched the needle past zero and into the positive, though the Buffaloes remain very much on the non-Oregon end of the Pac-12 spectrum – a spot ahead of California, perhaps, but behind the rest of the pack in the nation's deepest conference.
It became clear several weeks ago that George and his team weren't going to get to that one-third goal in time for construction to begin in May, which would allow the project to be completed some time early in the fall of 2015. In the past, CU administrators and regents likely would have delayed the start of the project until the one-third threshold had been met. But during their late-April meeting the regents decided to allow the project to start this month after being briefed on donation levels and donations George believes he is close to receiving.
11. Colorado: Beat Colorado State 41-27. Mike MacIntyre was brought in to turn around the Buffaloes, and he started off on the right foot by beating their rivals. The Rams were a good team (they would beat Washington State in their bowl game), so this turned out to be the most important win of MacIntyre's campaign to turn Colorado football around.
Reaction III: If the Feds sign off, then AT&T would acquire DTV’s 20 million (approx) customers. DTV is expected to exist as its own unit and could, in theory, continue to reject the terms the Pac-12 has offered. (Those are essentially the same terms it has offered distribution partners Comcast, DISH, Time Warner and AT&T’s U-verse.) Common sense would indicate that over time, a carriage deal between the Pac-12 and AT&T-owned DTV is far more likely than an agreement between independent DTV and the Pac-12. That doesn’t mean it’s guaranteed, only that it’s more likely.
Such was the case Friday at VMAC, when QB Keith Price hoisted a 63-yard bomb to WR Paul Richardson, who flashed the jets that made him the Seahawks’ top draft choice to help improve a champion. "Oh my God — that guy is a blazer, man," Price, the former University of Washington captain, said after practice. "He told me to throw him the ball deep. I seen one-on-one with him and I kind of let it rip. He made a great play and we scored a touchdown."
The talent isn’t quite there, but MacIntyre has shown he can get the most out of his players. No one’s expecting miracles this season (I hope), but does he have the team pointed in the right direction?
For his part, Spruce enjoyed a strong sophomore season for Colorado in 2013, recording 55 catches for 650 yards and four touchdowns. He is the leading returning receiver for the Buffs this fall and will build on a budding chemistry with second-year starting quarterback Sefo Liufau in 2014. As the most experienced member of the receiving corps next fall, the pressure falls to him to become a leader.
It's wrong to read too much into a rookie-camp practice, but Richardson was an obvious standout. The play of the day came on a 63-yard touchdown pass from Keith Price to Richardson after he ran right by Eric Pinkins, a sixth-round draft pick from San Diego State.
25. Spencer Dinwiddie, SG, Jr., Colorado. Had he not tore his ACL midway through last season, Dinwiddie would probably be higher on this list. Has the potential to jump up with a healthy knee and good pre-draft workouts.
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