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Making the Rounds: 8/17/2010


Coach Gary Patterson is giving the TCU defenders his annual "dressing down" in the media

"Right now on defense there are no starters," Patterson fumed after the scrimmage. "We're terrible. Every job is open. We gave up almost 600 yards today."

I wouldn't read too much into it, this time last year he said the same thing and that the team looked like a 6-6 squad.

Boise State

Boise State coaches agree that watching the blue turf on TV was painful in 2009.

"What really got my attention was those (fan) things, but also when (coach Chris Petersen) said, 'Gene, it's hard to watch practice tape,' " Bleymaier said. "Sometimes they had trouble viewing their practice tapes because of the glare."

Virgina Tech Coach Frank Beamer has named Logan Thomas the #2 QBbehind senior Tyrod Taylor.

"We're fortunate to have two quality backups at quarterback, both of whom are at a stage that they can go in and win a game for us," coach Frank Beamer said in a prepared statement. "We felt the decision needed to be made at this time to give our No. 2 quarterback more reps in practice."

(Read about Utah, BYU, CSU, UNM, SDSU, UNLV, AFA, and Wyoming after the jump)


The Ute's aren't as "sharp" as they would like to be at this point in the camp.

"It was an OK work day, nothing spectacular by any stretch,'' Whiitingham said, after still another practice that went a half hour overtime.

"We're there, but we've just got to execute better,'' said quarterback Jordan Wynn of the somewhat sloppy practice.

The Pitt Panthers are working at getting more consistent on offense.

"We are clearly making progress," Cignetti said. "We'd like to be more efficient in the run game but the pass game stepped up and we had some chunk plays and that was because the pass protection overall has been pretty good. We have to improve every day but [the line] is better as a unit now than it was when we got started a week ago."


Coach Mendenhall is looking for a kicker in his midst.

Mendenhall is happy to have starting senior placekicker Mitch Payne, but since Payne suffered an ankle sprain last week, Mendenhall has been concerned about PATs. And for good reason — backup kicker Riley Stephenson has made only five of 12 PATs, having several of those attempts blocked.  It's gotten to the point that Mendenhall is asking other players on his team if they had experience kicking in high school.   "Seriously," Mendenhall said. "You never know, we might have someone that can kick an extra point consistently."

Washington Coach Steve Sarkisian talked a little bit about his alma-mater, BYU, and in the process might have given them some bulletin-board material.

Prodded by a Tacoma-area reporter, Sarkisian also talked a little bit about his BYU days. He said he actually doesn't remember the BYU fight song and hasn't stepped foot in Provo since his college career ended. "I don't remember the BYU fight song, to be honest with you. That was a long time ago. I don't know.'' So instead of playing the BYU fight song during practices leading up to the game, he said "I'll probably play some 'Star Wars' and different things that they like to play in the stadium. I've got a few of the songs I know they like to play."  Asked the last time he had been on campus, he said: "Probably my last day there. I haven't been back on campus - haven't been in the football office or to a game or anything. When I recently had gotten done playing, I went to Vegas and watched them play in a WAC championship game. That was the only time I've seen them play, and I haven't been back there - haven't had a chance to and/or a reason to.''  He has joked that he will only go out to the field at halftime for the QB renunion planned for that day if UW is ahead. Told he might be booed, he said: "They've booed me before in that stadium. I'm not that concerned about it.''



The Rams are getting good use out of their new indoor-facility.

An afternoon thunderstorm forced the Rams into their $13 million indoor practice facility on Monday.  Rain with the occasional clap of thunder began during period six. Head Coach Steve Fairchild announced practice would finish inside, and the players jogged over to the new facilities. Practice was up and running where it left off after only a three minute delay.

The Rocky Mountain Showdown just got a little rockier for the CSU Rams.

University of Southern California wide receiver Travon Patterson has been cleared by the Pacific-10 Conference to officially join the University of Colorado football program for his senior season this fall.

New Mexico

The Lobos are putting in work and coaching em' up in Ruidoso, New Mexico.

A lot of players are getting multiple reps to help create depth and competition. The intensity level of practice remains high as camp enters its final week. Some of the newcomers who have made an impact to this point are DB Ravonne Carter, DT Calvin Smith, LB Toby Ball, TE Brad Miller and WR Martize Barr.

San Diego State

Even the kickers are getting yoked up at SDSU.

Strength and conditioning coach Aaron Wellman is doing his job so well that even the Aztecs' punter is packing on the muscle.  Brian Stahovich said today that he increased his weight from 170 to 195 this offseason. When asked why he increased his weight, he said simply:  "The bigger the hammer, the harder you can hit the nail."

Air Force

Air Force's new Defensive Coordinator Matt Wallerstedt is a little crazy

"I coach the way I played," said Wallerstedt, who was an All-American linebacker at Kansas State. "I think football is an emotional game, and it's coached that way and played that way, especially on defense."


Youngster Bradley Randle puts in impressive practice at running back.

On Friday, Hauck said that there was a rotation in place with the running backs competing for playing time that decided who got the brunt of the reps on any given day of camp. It was apparently redshirt freshman Bradley Randle's turn at the top on Saturday, and he did nothing short of impress. During a red-zone drill early in the full-pad session, he took a hand-off at the 10-yard line, shot up the middle, stopped on a dime and went left for a score. Later, in 11-on-11 drills, he ripped off an impressive 22-yard run up the left side, breaking two tackles in the process.


The Cowboys are turning on the lights at War Memorial Stadium.

Wyoming will play two home football games under the lights this season — the first night home games in the program's 91-year history. The Sept. 4 opener against Southern Utah will start at 6 p.m. and the Sept. 18 contest with Boise State at 5 p.m., not for TV reasons, but to show off renovations to War Memorial Stadium.