Last year the conference was 5-0 in Bowl games. It has six 1000 yard rushes on five returns. Cal’s Jahvid Best, Oregon State’s Jacquizz Rodgers, Stanford’s Toby Gerhart, Arizona’s Nic Grigsby and Oregon’s LeGarrette Blount. “Week in and week out some of our toughest games come from within the conference,” said Carroll. “You have to prepare each week for some great teams!”
Outside the conference USC Pre-Season Big For PAC-10 By Earl Heath will make trips to Ohio State Sept. 12 and to Notre Dame Oct. 17. Cal will travel to Maryland (ACC) Sept. 5. The Bears are led by Best, who has speed and power at 5’10, 195. The elusive back rushed for 1580 yards last season.
“I think the conference is a mixed conference of running and passing,” said Best. “There are defi antly some great backs in the league.”
Arizona State will travel to Georgia and UCLA will play at Tennessee. The Bruins will rely on tackle Brian Price. The former Crenshaw star had 14 tackles for losses. “He is one of the best tackles in the country,” said head coach Rick Neuheisel. “He dominated in the spring.”
Former Crenshaw standout Reggie Carter has high hopes for the Bruins. “I think we’ve improved a lot as a team since last year,” said Carter. “We will defi nitely surprise some people.”