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August 26, 2009 at 10:31 AM

Wednesday morning links

I’m back at it again today after a couple days mostly off.
The Huskies will also be back on the field today at 3 p.m. for a single practice, and we’ll have coverage of that later.
For now, a few links, beginning with an interesting stat in the USA Today college football section.
— USA Today’s college football section is out today and it includes lots of interesting stuff, including a look at what it calls each program’s “Golden Years.” Not too hard to figure out UW’s — 1990-92. Also included is a review of the career starts for the returning players on the offensive line for each team in the conference. For those who believe that it all starts up front, this may be good news for UW. Here’s the list:
USC 79
UW 66
WSU 63
Arizona State 42
Arizona 38
Cal 38
Oregon State 35
Stanford 24
Oregon 16
UCLA 8
All of UW’s starts are concentrated among Ben Ossai, Ryan Tolar and Cody Habben and the concern is the inexperienced right side and depth. Still, figuring that experience matters, that stat may be a good omen.
The newspaper also picks UW ninth overall with the comment that “18 starters return from a 0-12 team. Hmm….”
— The Sporting News, meanwhile, chips in with its “Best of the Pac-10” list. UW isn’t mentioned much other than Nick Holt being named as “Best Defensive Coordinator” and Jake Locker as “Best Chance for a Turnaround.”
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller, meanwhile, names Locker as his Comeback Player of the Year. Miller also ranks the Pac-10 QBs and has Locker second.
Ken Goe has his usual selection of Pac-10 links.
— UW fans may not like Nick Daschel much but he sure likes them.
— SI.com’s Stewart Mandel says Locker would be USC’s starting QB right now.
— This is an ESPN Insider story, but I’m told it rates Locker as the top NFL prospect among college underclassmen QBs.
All for now.

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