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The Daily 12-PAC: Can UW recruit nationally? Mike Leach talks QB's. UO's LaMichael James at the NFL combine.


In today's edition of The Daily 12-PAC we bring you stories on Washington's desire to become a national recruiting power, MIke Leach's philosophy at WSU, Oregon's LaMichael James and what challenges he faces at the NFL combine and a plea for Oregon State football players to stop having run-ins with the law.


Bob Condotta takes a look at Washington recruiting with's Jake Worthen

Does college football recruiting ever end? No.

Even before the class of 2012 was signed, University of Washington coaches were busy the night before signing day offering a handful of prospects from the class of 2013.

With the hires, and salaries, of Tosh Lupoi, Justin Wilcox, Peter Sirmon and Eric Kiesau the Huskies ability and efficiency on the recruiting trail will be put under a microscope. Condotta and Worthen touch on everything from in-state prospects, to what it means to become a school that "recruits nationally."


Mike Leach talks quarterbacks, philosophy

New Washington State head coach Mike Leach built his reputation largely on prolific offenses, and quarterbacks who shattered record books. So, any time Leach opens up about his philosophies, it's worth paying attention to.

The thing I found most interesting in this article wasn't any nugget about Leach's coaching methods, but that he said he would be able to settle the brewing quarterback competition Jeff Tuel and Connor Halliday "after about three days.' Sounds like a guy who knows exactly what he wants in a QB.


Challenges loom for ex-Duck LaMichael James

Oregon's LaMichael James has the opportunity to address a lot of concerns this weekend at the NFL Scouting Combine, Rob Moseley writes.

Right now, the one-time Heisman Trophy finalist projects to go somewhere in the third round, and is considered by the people who rank this stuff anywhere from the fourth to sixth best running back available. Part of the reason for James' seemingly low projection is injury concerns, durability and strength. The combine provides a great platform for the former Duck to directly address some of those concerns. Have a read to hear James share his thoughts on what he expects to prove in Indy.


OSU Players need to get their act together

In the past week, we have seen two Oregon State football players have run-ins with the law, and columnist Steve Gress says it needs to end. As he states, recent history shows OSU's legal troubles happen like birthing contractions, or in his words "grouped together" - things stay quiet, and then all the sudden there is a run on athlete arrests. The University of Oregon had this same problem last offseason, which begs the question, what's in the water in The Beaver State?


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