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August 19, 2010 at 9:20 AM

Thursday morning links, notes — spotlight on Sark and the OL

Another gray Seattle morning as the weather has definitely turned — and giving more evidence that football season isn’t far away. …
— First off today is this column from Jerry Brewer on UW coach Steve Sarkisian. Sarkisian talks about the transformation of the Husky program a year ago and keeping that momentum going, among other topics.
— For my main story today, I examined the offensive line. I talked to UW OL coach Dan Cozzetto after yesterday’s morning practice and he said he was happy with the progress and indicated that the starting five we have seen throughout camp will remain so heading into the season. If there’s been one player making a big move, he said, it’s senior Greg Christine, who is challenging Mykenna Ikehara at right guard. Christine is also the backup center, and sure to get on the field at least in a rotation this season.
Cozzetto also said that the two freshmen closest to playing are Erik Kohler and Colin Porter. At the moment, the rest could be head to redshirt seasons.
The team continues to experiement with a few things, but Cozzetto said that as the season nears, it’s time to also start leaving the line together to work on continuity.
“I think I’ve got them in the right positions,” he said. “I should probably work (center Drew Schaefer) more at left tackle, but then I’m really screwing around with him again and I’d just kind of like to leave him there now. … Sooner or later you’ve got to start locking guys in while still pushing them.”
Cozzetto said if there’s a key for the next few weeks it is “to play faster and finish. They are tired, so we are pushing them. Everybody is tired now. … But we are doing good.”
— A reminder that I will be participating in a roundtable on KJR-AM today in the 6 p.m. hour along with a few other Timers writers part of the stations’s Punt, Pass and Pints event at Qwest Field. There will be one segment devoted to UW football.
Jessamyn McIntrye, who basically runs the ship behind the scenes at 710 ESPN Seattle, attended UW practice yesterday and wrote a story, also including a quote from Damon Huard.
— A writer for the Cleveland Plain-Dealer says Jake Locker is the early Heisman Trophy favorite.
Bud Withers’ Pac-10 preview series today touches on Cal.
— Some interesting links and thoughts on yesterday’s big realignment news in college football from The Wall Street Journal. Jon Wilner also has some good thoughts on it this morning.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller will hold a chat on Pac-10 football today at noon. Miller’s also looking for your thoughts on the best restaurants in the Pac-10.
— CoachSark’s site details that the coaches’ wives made dessert for the team last night.
— He also has the schedule for today, showing one full pads practice at 3:15 p.m.
All for now.

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