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June 1, 2010 at 2:07 PM

Tuesday afternoon links and notes — Bigelow 26th on Rivals Top 100 list, and more

I’ll start with the updated list of the top 100 recruits for the Class of 2011 from Rivals.com.
There’s only one UW commit on the list — RB Brendan Bigelow of Fresno at No. 26 (which also makes him the No. 7 RB). Bigelow has gained a lot of other offers since committing to UW in February, but has said in recent weeks he remains committed to UW.
There are several other players on the list considering UW, however, including QB Cody Kessler of Bakersfield, who is at No. 64. Kessler could make his choice of school known as early as tomorrow afternoon — he has said his four finalists are UW, USC, Boise State andn Pitt.
Interestingly, while 2011 is being touted as a better year for prospects in the state of Washington than was 2010, there is only one Washington player on the list — tight end Austin Sefarian-Jenkins at No. 29. Sefarian-Jenkins has said he is still considering Washington among five schools.
— Wednesday could be a particularly newsy day in the Pac-10. While ESPN.com has reported that the public announcement of the USC investigation will come Friday, Colin Cowherd apparently said on his radio show today that the school will find out the results on Wednesday. Sports By Brooks has the details of that, though while also wondering why ESPN isn’t trumpeting Cowheard’s apparent revelation as news anywhere else. This is all fairly standard operating procedure, however, for the schools to learn a day or two in advance — I know UW always did during things that happened during the Rick Neuheisel saga. Still, as Brooks notes, if USC really does find out tomorrow, word could leak out pretty quickly.
— NFLMocks.com has a scouting report of Jake Locker that includes about a three-minute highlight video.
— AOLFanhouse also also has a breakdown of Locker’s pro potential — by mid-August, I think every single person in the nation may have weighed in on that topic. This one, however, helps confirm one of my suspicions about last season — that absolutely nobody outside of Seattle and Berkeley saw the UW-Cal game last year (or, for that matter, that no one outside of this state saw the Apple Cup).
Really no reason anyone should have, I guess, outside of pretty devoted fans of each team. One of the main points of the Fanhouse article, however, is that Locker is being done a disservice to be kept in the pocket. But as anyone who saw the last two games of the seasons knows, Locker was allowed to run a lot in those games — gaining 171 yards on 24 carries. Early in the year, the Huskies did want to keep his running in check while implementing the new system and he didn’t run as much as in previous seasons. Later in the year, injuries got in the way (the main reason he didn’t run much in the UCLA and Oregon State games as he had suffered a thigh injury early in the Oregon game that limited his running in all three of those contests, the severity of which the team did a good job of keeping quiet).
But UW coach Steve Sarkisian has made it clear that the template for the 2010 offense will be those last two games (and Locker himself said on the day he talked about his decision return that the way the offense looked the last few games helped tilt his decision). So I’d fully expect Locker to run 10-12 times a game this year, on average, and finish with a rushing total probably in between the 986 of his freshman year and the 388 of last year.
All for now.

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