UCLA committed running back/defensive back Aaron Ware played well. He had a couple of nice runs from scrimmage and played well at corner on defense.
The OC roster is loaded with young talent.
First is clearly Jimmy Clausen, the sophomore quarterback. In doing this job, I've never seen a more poised quarterback as a sophomore. He makes incredibly good decisions, and at such a young age. His great and highly accurate arm helps too. He threw for five touchdowns and about 257 yards -- in the first half before OC slowed it down. He finished with 331 total passing yards for the game. He's about 6-1, maybe 6-2, and probably 175 to 180. If he gets to 6-3ish, he has to be among -- if not the best -- quarterbacks in the 2007 class nationally. And probably is anyway.
UCLA is hot on him early, but I've heard USC is too.
Marc Tyler, the sophomore running back and linebacker, is an elite level prospect. He's about 5-11 and probably 190ish. He has a very good burst, vision and cutting ability. He could very well be UCLA's top priority at running back if he were a senior right now. Of course, UCLA is on him early, being the son of former UCLA running back great, Wendell Tyler. But again, USC likes him quite a bit, from what we've heard.
Senior wide receivers Joe Giuliani and Mark Richardson had good games. Guiliani caught three of Clausen's first-half touchdown passes. He's about 6-2, 190ish, and has good quickness for his size. Richardson had a great TD where he caught a short slant, split a couple of defenders, and burst up the sideline for a 50-yard touchdown. He's probably about 5-11, 180. He attended the SDSU game with Ware. UCLA probably wouldn't move on either, but they're prospects to keep in mind.
Marshall Jones is another standout sophomore. He's a running back/safety, about 6-0, 200. He has good size and is very tough to bring down. He also looked good on defense.
For OP, Gavin Ketchum, the senior wide receiver/defensive back/linebacker, didn't have a great night, but it wasn't really his fault. His quarterback was under so much pressure, he couldn't get the ball to Ketchum. He does have great size, at about 6-4, 200, and moves really well. If he doesn't stay at wide receiver, he looks potentially like a great linebacker, in the mold of Spencer Havner.
We'll have some video highlights of the game coming soon. For now, here are some photos...
Aaron Ware, wearing a familiar number.
Sophomore running back Marc Tyler.
Jimmy Clausen under center.