I didn't win the Mega Millions lottery, which means The Daily 12-PAC will be around at least until the next drawing. In today's edition we look at Washington RB Jesse Callier and a prediction that he will have a big year in 2012. Also, Craig James calls Wazzu coach Mike Leach a Bully. OSU doesn't have enough linemen to hold a spring game, and Oregon has enough WR's for two teams.
These stories, after the jump.
Jesse Callier Poised For A Big Season In 2012
Our good friend @HeismanPundit put together a list of the 12 players in college football whose numbers could "explode" in 2012. Of the 12 players, four were from PAC-12 schools, including Washington's Jesse Callier.
Callier figures to have an expanded role with the departure of Chris Polk, and has showed promise in the opportunities he's has thus far in his Husky career. Here's what the Pundit had to say about what we might expect from Callier in 2012:
Callier is a very talented back who has been in the shadow of Chris Polk the last couple seasons. With Polk gone to the NFL, the job is now Callier’s. He carried the ball just 47 times (for 260 yards) last season, while Polk ran it 293 times, so it stands to reason that he’ll get plenty of opportunities. I actually think there is a good chance that Washington experiences no dropoff at this position and that Callier establishes himself as one of the top backs in the Pac-12 with a season exceeding 1,300 yards on the ground.
We tend to agree.
WSU Coach Mike Leach Is A "Bully" According To Craig James
Mike Leach's highly publicized ouster as head coach of Texas Tech, rarely gets talked about without Craig James' name coming up. That's because Leach was let go due to an incident involving the former ESPN analyst's son, Adam.
Well now Craig James is running for the U.S. senate, and is having to address his role in Leach's dismissal. Of course, he is sticking to his guns and claiming Leach was a "bully" and that he was just sticking up for his son.
Mike Leach tells a very different version of the incident and his departure from Texas Tech. But for you Coug fans who wanna know just how crazy Craig James is, and how much he hates your coach, have a watch of this campaign video - and have a barf bag close by.
OSU Won't Hold Spring "Game", Lacks Linemen
The final OSU spring practice will not be a spring game. It's officially called Fan Fest with time TBS. Not enough healthy OL for a game.— Cliff Kirkpatrick (@CliffGT) March 27, 2012
Well, that's unfortunate. Spring games are often a nice recruiting tool to show off your program and give fans a taste of football in the spring. At least the Beavers are able to still host the fan fest.
Previewing Oregon's Wide Receivers
Generally, when we think of Oregon we think of running the football. But looking at Aaron Fentress' preview of the UO WR's, we may have it all wrong. The Ducks could have as many as 18 pass catchers in the fall, and that's not counting tight ends.
Of note, Josh Huff is one of two returning starters at WR. However, Huff still has some legal issues to work through from a traffic stop this offseason, and it's unclear what discipline, if any, he will face in terms of game and practice time missed.
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