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August 31, 2011 at 9:10 AM

Wednesday morning links — Special teams, Lambright chat, Pac-12 ticket options, and more

The season is moving ever closer.

And the first play of that season for the Huskies will be a special teams one — a kickoff, or a kickoff return. That’s an area the Huskies have really worked on throughout training camp to improve, something I spotlighted for my story for today’s paper.

Said safety Justin Glenn of the issues of a year ago and what the team worked on in camp:

“It was just one or two guys not fitting the right way or going out of their lanes. It was the little things that made the big plays happen, and negatively for us. So that’s what they want to do is make sure that each guy knows their assignments and knows what to do to eliminate those big plays that can have a huge impact on the outcome of the game.”

As detailed in the story, it won’t take much for the UW special teams to be an improvement over last year. And in a season that looms as one filled with close games, it hardly needs to be stated how much some special teams improvement could play a role.

IN OTHER HUSKY NEWS. …

— Another reminder of our live chat today at noon with former UW coach Jim Lambright. You’ll be able to access that chat on the blog.

— We’re also having a live chat tomorrow at noon with myself and Bud Withers to kick off his new Pac-12 Confidential blog.

— Withers wrote today that UW and UCLA could be the surprises of the Pac-12.

— Some Husky fans began receiving a letter from the Pac-12 yesterday detailing ticketing options for a possible conference title game at CenturyLink Field. Here it is: CenturyLink Field Pac-12 Championship Game Letter.pdf

— The official site looks at Eastern’s passing game and how the Huskies hope to combat it.

— As part of his continuing high school preview package, Mason Kelley today profiled Mercer Island QB and UW commit Jeff Lindquist.

— Kelley also profiles Skyline QB Max Browne.

— UW has made it to the finals of the DailyAxe’s Pac-12 uniform competition.

— As far as I can tell, every former Husky on an NFL roster survived yesterday’s cutdown to 80. The next one comes over the weekend when teams have to get down to 53.

— Former UW standout Brent Wooten, who later became a head coach at Eastern, has passed away.

AROUND THE PAC-12/COLLEGE FOOTBALL. …

— Texas A&M is making it official that it is bailing on the Big 12. Hard to read yet if that will have any immediate impact on the Pac-12.

— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller says the Houston game Saturday is step one on Rick Neuheisel’s redemption tour.

— Here’s a Pac-12 preview from the Salt Lake Tribune. They have UW sixth in the conference power ratings (I’ll try to unveil mine later today).

— The Arizona Daily Star examines what to watch for in the Pac-12 this weekend.

— An LA Times columnist says USC’s Matt Barkley deserves a good farewell tour.

— Opposiing views looks at potential BCS bowl matchups.

— Lots of Pac-12 links from Vince Grippi.

— Lots of news and notes on Oregon.

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