UCLA plans to redshirt offensive lineman Scott Quessenberry

UCLA is planning to redshirt offensive lineman Scott Quessenberry, who underwent surgeries on both shoulders this offseason.

Quessenberry had started 19 games through his freshman and sophomore seasons, playing guard in all but one of those appearances. Head coach Jim Mora said he was unsure whether or not the former three-star recruit will switch to center when he returns in 2016. Quessenberry started the 2014 season opener against Virginia at center in place of Jake Brendel, who is now a redshirt senior.

Even without Quessenberry, the Bruins return plenty of game experience in the trenches, including Brendel and his 39 career starts. Five other linemen have combined for 73 starts.

Offensive tackles Caleb Benenoch and Simon Goines were also limited by injuries in spring, but project to be ready for at least part of preseason camp at Cal State San Bernardino. Linebacker Kenny Orjioke and running back Steve Manfro are also on track to be healthy this season.

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USC picked to win the Pac-12 in 2015 media poll

USC is the favorite to win its first conference title since 2008.

The Trojans were chosen to win the Pac-12 in 2015, receiving 21 votes in the media poll released on Thursday morning. Oregon, the national runner-up last season, came in second with 17 votes.

Those two teams were the overwhelming favorites in their respective divisions. Oregon had 37 votes to win the Pac-12 North, while Stanford finished second with eight. USC’s 32 votes to win the Pac-12 South dwarfed Arizona State’s seven and UCLA’s six.

Here’s the full poll: Continue reading

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Who will win the Pac-12 in 2015?

The Pac-12 will release its annual media poll tomorrow morning, as voted on by the numerous men and women who cover the conference and its teams.

In the meantime, the league has also opened up voting to fans this year. You can make your picks for both the Pac-12 North and South at Pac-12.com.

My picks in the media poll were … Continue reading

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