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August 17, 2010 at 9:08 AM

Tuesday morning links and notes — More on Seferian-Jenkins, the TB situation, and more

Obviously, there were two big stories for UW yesterday — the commitment of Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and the team’s practice.
First, ASJ. Mason Kelley wrote this story and also has video of the announcement on his blog.
And here’s the view from Texas.
Seferian-Jenkins is just the fourth UW commit since 2002 (as far back as the date base goes) who was rated as five stars by Scout.com. The others were Kavario Middleton in 2008, JC tight end Jon Lyon in 2003 and defensive lineman Donny Mateaki in 2002 (no, Jake Locker was not given five stars, nor was Chris Polk).
I pass that long not to try to diminish excitement over the commitment, just to point out that you just never know.
In an earlier time, guys like Brock Huard, Reggie Williams and Paul Arnold were all considered five-star recruits by those who did such rankings at the time. So UW has gotten these kinds of recruits before. (In fact, it’s easy to forget now what a big deal Huard was. But one of the top two or three QB prospects in the country, it didn’t get much bigger at the time than his commitment).
I mention that to point out that UW has been here before, and actually relatively often in the overall history of its program, if not so much in recent years. Seferian-Jenkins’ commitment is big. But the biggest in history? That’s really a pretty long list.
Every era needs its Tipping Point, however, and this might prove to be it for Steve Sarkisian, the moment when UW re-established for good its in-state recruiting dominance.
I’ve heard some old-timers compare it to the commitment of Joe Steele by Don James for the Class of 1976. Steele was an all-everything running back at Blanchet High and formed the corps of a class that helped return UW to prominence.
The entire landscape of college football is different now than it was then, however. Among the biggest is the attention that recruiting gets now, each commitment regarded in its own way as a separate victory or defeat.
No doubt, this was one of the biggest of UW’s such victories in years, the commitment indicating the continued momentum of the program under Sarkisian. Now, about beating BYU. …
— For our other UW story today, I wrote in more detail about the tailback situation now that Deontae Cooper is out for the season. Included are the thoughts of RB coach Joel Thomas on each of the other four at the position.
A couple of key points that didn’t make it in the story: He said Demitrius Bronson will be almost solely a tailback-only for now, with the fullback experimentation pretty much over, especially given the depth at TB, saying that he is “refocusing” Bronson on tailback.
Said Thomas of Bronson: “Here is his chance to get on the field and do some things. I’m not saying he’s going to get a bunch of carries here and there, but it opens up more opportunities for him at practice to show his thing. He did a good job the other night of just relaxing and playing football and I was proud of the way he responded. But now it’s got to be a consistency thing with him. He needs to show he can do things right all the time, each and every day. Once he figures that out and at least strives to do that he will be all right.”
He said consistency is the main thing that has kept Bronson from moving up the depth chart so far, but that “I think his mindset is in the right manner.”
He also had this to say when asked if anyone’s roles in the backfield change now: “No. I think it just gives between Jesse (Callier) and Johri (Fogerson), just gives them more carries here and there. I don’t think it changes their roles. Obviously the young guy (Callier), we’ve got to keep on feeding him information and see how he retains it and the more he retains the more game experience he will get.”
And as noted in the story, he says he’s not concerned about Chris Polk’s shoulder and ability to carry the load similarly to last season again if needed. “I think he can,” thomas said. “As a running back, that’s what you want, I remember as a running back I wanted it every time, I didn’t want to throw the ball and I think Chris has that mentality all the time, and physically he can do it.”
And he said Fogerson could be an everydown back if needed, as well: “Should that happen he is ready for the call there. He has come into camp and he knows what I and coach Sark and (offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier) expect from this position now. I don’t know if when he first got moved over last year right before we started two a days he was quite on that level.”
Thomas said that overall, he still feels as good about the tailback spot as he has at any point since comingg to UW. “Without a doubt,” he said. “The way I saw it at the conclusion of our first spring, I only had one (tailback) and I didn’t know how he could play in a game because he hadn’t played in a whole season (referring to Polk). That’s how I viewed it as one legit Pac-10 running back. So I feel a lot better even than a year ago at this time. … I Feel great about it. Just today, walking off the field, I was fired up because they were so locked in and working hard and being fundamentally sound and doing their job. They were dialed in today as a coach that gives you goose bumps and fired up to go do your job every day.”
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Here’s a full report on Day 8 of BYU’s camp, though again, nothing definitive on thee QB spot. The Sporting News, though, seems to think Jake Heaps will be the guy.
Bud Withers’ preview of Pac-10 schools continues today with Arizona State.
Jon Wilner looks at some of the top stories in college football this season.
Vince Grippi in Spokane has his usual assortment of Pac-10 links.
Ted Miller notes UW’s recruiting class was ranked No. 23 in the country by ESPN before last night. Obivously it will go up a bit now.
All for now.

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