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September 9, 2011 at 7:57 AM

Friday links — Huskies will have a task on their hands in Moniz

Just one day left now until Redemption Saturday for the Huskies as they attempt to prove that
the Eastern Washington game was just one of those things and the real team is the one that engendered all the expectations that were present a week ago this time.

To get that second win of the season, however, they’ll have to at least contain Hawaii QB Bryant Moniz. For my story for today’s paper, and our regular weekly look at the opponent, I wrote a little profile of Moniz, who has a pretty interesting backstory and is exhibit No. 987,365,298,078 (to round it off) that recruiting is an inexact science.

Having zero offers out of high school, he attended a JC for a year, then returned to Hawaii to walk-on, almost being moved to the secondary before finally sticking at QB. He also seems genuinely thankful for the opportunity he has finally gotten and is the kind of guy you’d probabloy root for except when he’s playing your team.

As detailed in the blog yesterday, expect UW to go with a lot of nickel defense (three corners, two safeties) to combat Hawaii’s run-and-shoot. But as the story details, they’ll also need to make sure they leave someone in the middle to protect against Moniz’s running. His running gives a different dimension to that offense as he has the ability to exploit holes that are created by the spread offense.

Moniz, though, is not considered much of an NFL prospect, officially standing under 6-feet tall, something the Huskies will obviously try to exploit, though Moniz has also just as obviously figured out a way to make it work anyway.

By the way, if you want the basics of what Hawaii will try to do tomorrow, watch this breakdown of the Run-and-Shoot with former Warrior coach June Jones and Bob Davie (and pretty sure the one game clip broken down is the 2007 UW-Hawaii game). Watching that clip makes it clear how much this offense is predicated on the ability of the QB and receiver to quickly read the defense, something Moniz obviously does well and that makes up for his lack of ideal physical stature.

IN OTHER NEWS. …

— Hawaii practiced at Memorial Stadium on Thursday.

— MadduxSports.com breaks down the game.

— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller picks UW to win a close one.

Bud Withers picks the Huskies 34-23, as well as providing his other Pac-12 selections.

— ESPN.com has a story on Marques Tuiasosopo’s new role at UCLA.

— Here are some of the more notable exceprts of Larry Scott’s chat with The Seattle Times on Thursday.

Jon Wilner rates UW No. 8 in the Pac-12 this week.

— Wilner also picks Hawaii to win Saturday.

— More picks: Mike Huguenin of Rivals.com picks UW as does Ken Cross of Lindy’s.

— The line remains UW by 5.5 or 6, depending on the sports book.

— CBSSports.com projects UW to face TCU in the Vegas Bowl.

— Arizona opened the Pac-12 weekend with a big loss at Oklahoma State, illustrating both some of OSU’s strengths and Arizona’s weaknesses, especially in the secondary and with a rebuilt offensive front. Arizona falls to 1-1 and has a really tough Pac-12 stuff coming with home games against Stanford and Oregon followed by a trip to USC. The Wildcats could be hanging on for dear life by the time they come to UW on Oct. 29 — though the bad news for the Huskies is Arizona will have played only one game in the previous three weeks when it comes to Seattle.

— In the looking-ahead department, UW’s opponent next week, Nebraska, faces Fresno State Saturday. Fresno State lost to Cal pretty handily last week, for what it’s worth. The linked story details how Nebraska is also now using lots of no-huddle looks in its offense.

Kirk Bohls with a good look at what Texas wants to do now (stay in the Big 12, namely) and another piece that indicates more expansion may not happen as quickly as everyone thought (those rumors that it would all be settled this week obviously didn’t come to fruition).

— One Pac-12 game tonight as Arizona State hosts Missouri. Ted Miller says it’s time for ASU to make a statement.

— An anonymous Pac-12 coach rips USC’s game plan last week.
All for now.

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