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June 25, 2008 at 4:36 PM

Wednesday link-o-rama

Playing catchup on a few links to pass your way:
— Here’s a pretty good preview of the Huskies from FoxSports.com with one glaring and unfortunate error – the offensive line section is about the Washington State Cougars and not UW (maybe they’ll get that fixed soon). The story also makes the point that UW’s punt return coverage yesterday was pretty good, something that compelled me go back and check the stats just to see since I didn’t remember the Huskies finishing high in any special teams statistical category last year. In fact, UW was sixth in the Pac-10 in net punting last year at 36.2 yards per attempt. But UW only allowed 2.2 yards per net return, better than all but two other teams (Cal and Oregon State). That’s due in large part to the fact that only 23 of UW’s 73 punts were actually returned (31.5 percent) which as far as I can tell is the lowest percentage since 1996 (15 of 61, 24.5 percent). UW’s opponents averaged 6.9 yards when they actually tried a return, also a pretty solid number and a huge improvement from the previous year when the Huskies allowed a school-record 14.9 yards per return. So while the special teams were obviously a disappointment last year (and resulted in the firing of coach Bob Simmons) defending punt returns was one area that in retrospect was pretty good.
— I missed this yesterday, but ESPN.com’s Mark Schlabach produced his early bowl projections for 2008 and concluded there won’t be room for the Huskies. He also has this look by conference.
— Keeping with the theme of measurements from our post yesterday, a Vancouver newspaper has this look at 25 Things You Didn’t Know About The B.C. Lions and lists former Husky Caesar Rayford as one of the team’s tallest members at 6-8. Rayford was listed at 6-7 while with UW.
— I also neglected to pass along this story on Oregon’s annual all-state football game last Saturday. Among the participants was Husky signee Jordan Polk, who had five catches for 42 yards.
— And speaking of all-star games I missed, here’s a report from the 605 All-Star Football Classic a few weeks ago, a contest featuring players in Southern California (605 is a highway down there). UW signee Dominique Blackman is pictured in the story and threw two touchdown passes to lead a late rally for the West before the game ended in a 15-15 tie after an amazing four overtimes.
All for now.

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