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August 18, 2011 at 8:30 AM

Thursday links — OL beginning to take shape

A spot that looked like it might have some juggling heading into camp — the offensive line — instead appears pretty set.

I wrote about that for today’s paper, focusing on Colin Porter, as well as the fact that the entire line overall has gotten a big bigger and stronger from last season, part of the team’s effort overall to get a little stouter up front.

Here are a few other quotes from UW OL coach Dan Cozzetto talking about the line:

On the overall progress: “They’ve worked hard. They are doing a lot of good things, and they are communicating as well as any group that I’ve had here. Obviously being in the system a long time, that helps too. We’re working on getting our pad level down, working the line of scrimmage, attacking the line of scrimmage more – but they’ve done a good job of pass protecting, and playing together, keeping that group together, helps.”

On the first five being set: “Pretty much. As we’re looking at it, we’re trying to develop a true backup center. We used Colin Porter (in the scrimmage Tuesday); we used Mike Criste. I wanted to get to Colin Tanigawa, but we didn’t get to it. That’s kind of where we’re at. We got a chance to look at Ben Riva, and especially looking at the backup for Senio (Kelemete) in Micah Hatchie. He’s having a very good camp. He’s a very talented kid.”

On the second group:Skyler (Fancher) has come along. He’s gotten healthier, which has been a plus. And then there’s Nick Wood, who has come off that hip injury, and he’s had a good camp. But he tires out a little bit with his hip…bringing Ben along maturity-wise, he’s grown so much and filled out, but his game isn’t where I think it needs to be. He needs to study and continue to work hard. Colin Tanigawa is the biggest surprise as far as a guy coming out of a redshirt year, stepping right in there and doing the things that he’s doing.”

On whether Tanigawa doing well was a surprise: “The defense had him all year, and they said he’s something special. He doesn’t back down from anybody. He goes up against that 3-technique Alameda (Ta’amu), and Danny Shelton, and he holds his own. He’s a great leverage player, he has quick hands, he’s smart…he’s been the biggest surprise of that front.”

On being able to anchor the right side with Porter and Kohler: “That helps when those guys can play together. We’ve been trying to get guys that can kind of hold their positions and keep them there. That helps us a lot. Kohler’s playing with Porter, and Senio Kelemete’s brought Tanigawa along, and that seems to be a good fit. And keeping Drew in the middle, that’s critical. I don’t want to ever pull him out of there again and have to play him in the situation I had to play him in last year. He’s done a good job. Drew and Senio are the leaders of that group.”

On Fancher going to guard: “He had that awful injury the previous season, and then he re-injured it again running down the burglar…that didn’t help him. He’s working hard to get better, and I think playing inside helps him a lot.”

On Dexter Charles and Siosifa Tufunga: “Sifi, that was his first debut at center so he had been working the whole time and snapped the ball pretty good. His biggest thing is volume, communication, it’s like a different language coming from high school. I think Dexter is going to be real special, real athletic, tremendous work ethic, the type of kid we are going to continue to bring in here, guys like that.”

IN OTHER NEWS. …

— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller updates Washington’s off-season.

— Practice notes from the school’s site.

— I actually wrote the story for our Pac-12 preview series today focusing on Stanford.

— Times columnist Jerry Brewer says cleaning up the NCAA could be a tough task.

— Pac-12 commish Larry Scott with some interesting thoughts on what’s going on at Miami.

— Lots of conference links from Vince Grippi.

All for now.

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