Roundup: Ryan Murphy fulfills childhood vision

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Cal senior Ryan Murphy can apparently see into the future. As a child, he wrote that he wanted to become an Olympic swimmer and become the best swimmer in the world. In the 100-meter backstroke, he now is after winning gold in Rio with an Olympic-record time of 51.97, CBS Sports' Matt Norlander writes.

Washington State

The Cougars anxiously await the injury status of senior receiver Gabe Marks, who left Monday practice with a leg problem, reports The Seattle Times' Stefanie Loh


Oregon wide receiver and Olympic sprinter Devon Allen must weigh his options (does he play football or go pro in track?) after he returns from Rio, reports The Oregonian's Andrew Grief. In related news, Ducks tight end Pharaoh Brown says Allen is "Jesus in spikes." 


Utah running back Joe Williams cut out Skittles from his diet, reports the Salt Lake Tribune's Kyle Goon. Seems extreme, although following in Devontae Booker's footsteps might require such sacrifices. 


A more polished Josh Rosen wasn't happy about last year's bowl game or the result of it. Be afraid, rest of the Pac-12. Be very afraid. 


Trojans quarterback Max Browne had the usual thoughts of transferring when he was unsure about playing time. He didn't and now he awaits a decision on who will win the starting gig, reports the Los Angeles Times' Zach Helfand.

Arizona State

Arizona State announced its Dirty Dozen of 12 players who excelled in the strength and conditioning program this offseason. We can only imagine how falling into this category will help guys who already have freakish athleticism such as running back Kalen Ballage and defensive end JoJo Wicker. AZCentral's Doug Haller has more from Monday practice


The Buffs have a cornerback battle on their hoofs between senior Ahkello Witherspoon and sophomore Isaiah Oliver, reports Neill Woelk of


Condolences from those inside and outside the Wildcat family have been pouring in for Arizona offensive lineman Zach Hemmila, who passed away Monday. 


Christian McCaffrey's first carry in high school might have given some the feeling the Stanford back was going to be good, writes Daniel Uthman in his USA Today feature on the Cardinal Heisman candidate. 


Seattle product Jonathan Amosa, a former Husky walk-on who turned into a scholarship player at UW, got to suit up for the Seattle Seahawks on Monday after joining the team's training camp. Now, he's trying to stick on a roster that has a sudden need at fullback. Bob Condotta has more in the Seattle Times.

Oregon State

It's getting chippy in Beavers football camp, reports Gina Mizell, but coach Gary Andersen doesn't seem too concerned.