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2011 Spring Preview - Pac-12 North Buzz
California LB Mychal Kendricks
California LB Mychal Kendricks
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Mar 17, 2011


The early buzz around each Pac-12 North team going into spring practices.


2011 Pac-12 Spring Preview

North Spring Buzz

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North California | Oregon | Oregon St | Stanford | Washington | Washington State 
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2011 Pac-12 Spring Preview  
- 2011 Pac-12 North Spring Buzz
- 2011 Pac-12 South Spring Buzz
- 2011 Pac-12 North Spring Attitudes
- 2011 Pac-12 South Spring Attitudes
- 2011 Pac-12 North Spring Key Positions
- 2011 Pac-12 South Spring Key Positions   
- 2011 Pac-12 North Spring Questions 
- 2011 Pac-12 South Spring Questions    
- Pac-12 Spring Rankings

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California

The big news in the offseason was the shake-up in the staff, Jeff Tedford’s response to last season’s first losing year with the program. Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast returns after doing a nice job in 2010, but his counterpart on offense, Andy Ludwig, was let go. There were a series of other changes on both sides of the ball designed to provide a fresh outlook for a program that’s gone stale in recent years. The objective of the new staff will be to get acquainted with the personnel as quickly as possible, making for a more productive summer when the team hits the practice field again in August.

Oregon 

Oregon has begun to look like USC in more ways than just league championships. Under Pete Carroll, the Trojans were noted for amassing so much talent that backups leaving the program became commonplace. The Ducks are facing a similarly good problem. Dontae Williams, a blue-chipper from 2010, is leaving the program, sensing that touches will be tough to come by. Not only are LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner still in Eugene, but Lache Seastrunk was one of the nation’s top recruits a year ago. And in a case of the rich getting richer, coveted athletes De'Anthony Thomas and Tra Carson were signed this past February.

Oregon State

The excitement about WR James Rodgers receiving a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA has been replaced by concern about his availability. His rehabilitation from last year’s knee injury has gone slower than expected, and a second surgery was delayed by a lack of flexibility in the joint. After finally going under the knife in early March, he’s obviously been ruled out of spring practice, and the fear is that his recovery could linger deep into the summer or even the fall. The Beavers are facing a reality of having neither of the Rodgers brothers, James or Quizz, in Corvallis this fall.

Stanford

After starting half of 2009 at cornerback, senior Corey Gatewood is making a full-time switch to wide receiver this spring. While the Cardinal wants to make the most of his athleticism and playmaking ability, the move also addresses a pressing need. Last year’s top two receivers, Doug Baldwin and Ryan Whalen, have graduated, and expected starter Chris Owusu is still not completely healthy. While Andrew Luck is capable of making receivers look good, even he needs consistency from those around him, something Gatewood hopes to impact in the fall.

Washington

While the Huskies are thrilled that their two best playmakers, RB Chris Polk and WR Jermaine Kearse, have returned to school, depth has taken an offseason hit. RB Demetrius Bronson and WR Anthony Broyles, a couple of former high school gems, have decided to transfer in order to seek out more playing time. Plus, earlier this month, RB Johri Fogerson was arrested on charges of resisting arrest and possession of marijuana, which solidifies the role of Jesse Callier as the first back off the bench.

Washington State 

It hasn't taken Ian Knight long to scale the depth chart at defensive end. The first-year transfer from Butler (Kans.) Community College is already listed as a starter opposite Travis Long. The Cougars are seeking more speed and pressure from the outside, which the 6-2, 245-pounder appears capable of providing. After looking as if he’d be headed to the Big Ten coming out of high school, he took a detour at the JUCO level, making 56 tackles, 14.5 stops for loss, and 5.5 sacks last season.

Click for each team's spring preview
North California | Oregon | Oregon St | Stanford | Washington | Washington State 
South Arizona | Arizona State | Colorado | UCLA | USC | Utah

2011 Pac-12 Spring Preview  
- 2011 Pac-12 North Spring Buzz
- 2011 Pac-12 South Spring Buzz
- 2011 Pac-12 North Spring Attitudes
- 2011 Pac-12 South Spring Attitudes
- 2011 Pac-12 North Spring Key Positions
- 2011 Pac-12 South Spring Key Positions   
- 2011 Pac-12 North Spring Questions 
- 2011 Pac-12 South Spring Questions    
- Pac-12 Spring Rankings