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July 17, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Friday links

More optimism for UW and remembering the Jake Locker penalty against BYU included in this edition. …
— DocSports.com includes UW in its list of up and coming teams for the 2009 season, noting the obvious that the Huskies can’t get worse. One thing that caught my eye, however, was the sentence where the author concludes that Steve Sarkisian “is prepared to use Locker’s strengths much more than (Tyrone) Willingham ever did.” Do you think that’s true? To me, if anything, Willingham tried to exploit Locker’s strengths too much at a time when Locker might not have been ready yet to really handle being the main focus of the offense. Sarkisian has said he plans to do a little of the opposite — try to build the offense around Locker so it doesn’t have to be all about Locker. Maybe it’s a reference to Sarkisian saying Locker won’t be called on to run as much as in the past. While I don’t think Locker will run as much as he has in the past — he had 56 carries last year in what was about three games and a quarter of on-field action — I think he’ll still run quite a bit. It’s just too much of a weapon not to completely shelve.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller has an interesting list of the best player in space for each Pac-10 team. For UW, he selects Chris Polk over Locker and D’Andre Goodwin. I think it’s a good choice. I know there’s skepticism out there about Polk due to his sluggish work in the 20 carries he got last season — a long of five and just 33 yards total. But I think it’s a huge mistake to write off a guy for a couple of bad games in what were the first two games of his career — and one in a game in which no one looked good and he had no help from his line. The former staff thought Polk was the best back they had, and the new staff apparently does, as well, given how quickly he rose to the top of the depth chart once healthy in the spring. Obviously Polk has to now prove it in games, but that’s a lot of eyes thinking this guy is the real deal.
— USA Today has an interesting story on athlete celebrations that includes a comparison of what Locker did against BYU last year with what Santonio Holmes did in the Super Bowl.
Nick Daschel has the latest in his Pac-10 on $1000 series, this one based in Los Angeles. Most noteworthy may be his discovery of a $41 a night hotel in Sea-Tac.
— ESPN’s Bruce Feldman says he has some thoughts on Locker in the Insider portion of his mailbag. I don’t have an Insider subscription so I don’t know what it says, but maybe some of you do.
— Here’s a new website devoted solely to the UW-LSU game. The creators of the site are using this one as a test to see if there is interest in sites devoted solely to compiling info about specific games. If it works, they’ll expand it for other games.
All for now.

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