Roundup: Highly touted USC built on low-key stars

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USC

Scott Wolf believes that USC football won’t have ego problems in 2017, as many of their top players keep low profiles (Wolf names Sam Darnold, Deontay Burnett, Ronald Jones, Chris Hawkins and Cameron Smith as examples).

Stanford

The defending-champion Stanford women’s volleyball team is ranked No. 2 in the AVCA preseason top 25 poll and is one of six Pac-12 women’s volleyball teams who are ranked entering the 2017 campaign (Texas is the preseason No. 1).

Colorado

Colorado football’s offense should be full steam ahead again in 2017, writes Brian Howell. The Buffs averaged about 33 points per game en route to the Pac-12 South title.

California

Cal's offense could use a jolt Malik McMorris this season, writes Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle. The fullback/tight end is returning from a lower leg injury.

Utah

Lynn Worthy features Utah defensive end Caleb Repp, a former wide receiver who needed to down milkshakes from Baskin-Robbins during the offseason to get his weight up for the position switch. I’m a fan of that training regimen.

Washington

It’s time to sit back, relax and watch the “Dante Pettis Show” on Montlake, writes Todd Milles of The News Tribune. Pettis figures to be the go-to guy at wide receiver for the Dawgs this year.

UCLA

Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times features UCLA middle linebacker Lokeni Toailoa, who may very well be the starter at that position this year.

Oregon

A bottle of Panther Creek Pinot Noir in Eugene cracks Sports Illustrated’s top 25 college town meals list at No. 9 (you can also get it in Corvallis, too).

Oregon State

How about this for a bit of a blast from the somewhat-near past – former Oregon State hooper Olaf Schaftenaar re-signed with his professional team in the Netherlands, Landstede Basketbal.

Arizona State

Check out this video of the Arizona State football team at Camp Tontozona, thanks to TheSunDevils.com and Pac-12.com.

Washington State

And here’s a video of the Washington State women’s soccer team’s first practice.

Arizona

Bruce Pascoe features Arizona men’s basketball center Dusan Ristic, writing about his time back in Serbia with his friends and family.

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