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September 27, 2011 at 8:39 AM

Tuesday links — Dennison goes home, and looking ahead to Utah

I’ve heard some coaches say that one benefit of the Pac-12 expansion is that it will open up those states for recruiting by the old-guard schools.

To date, UW hasn’t made a real living recruiting in Utah, and it has just one native of the state on its current roster. That player, though, is one of the more important on the team, middle linebacker Cort Dennison, a team captain and the leading tackler through four games.

Dennison grew up in Salt Lake City and attended Judge Memorial High School, which he said is located about a block-and-a-half from the University of Utah.

For my story for the paper today, I wrote about how Dennison ended up at UW instead of Utah and some of his thoughts on returning home. You can also see some of his session with the media at Monday’s press conference in the video below:

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IN OTHER NEWS. …

— Also in our paper today, Steve Kelley columnized on the loss of Hau’oli Jamora to a season-ending knee injury.

— I also wrote this notebook with the nuts and bolts news of Jamora’s injury, as well as a few other items.

Bud Withers examines the Arizona Republic series on the BCS.

— ESPN.com’s Greg Biggins caught up with Shaquille Thompson, the nation’s top-rated safety prospect, to task him about his trip to UW over the weekend. Thompson

A couple of interesting notes from the article:

“I had a great time, I was actually surprised how nice it was up there,” Thompson said. “I didn’t really know what to expect coming in to be honest but the trip as a whole was better than I thought it would be. It’s a real family atmosphere at UW and I loved being around the players and coaches.”

Thompson was hosted by his former Grant teammate James Sample.

“James really likes it there,” Thompson said. “He has a shoulder injury so he’s probably going to have to redshirt but he likes the team and the school a lot and told me I would fit in well there. We played safety together at Grant and he looked out for me when I was younger so it was great to see him again.

— Turning to the opponent for this week, here are the Utah game notes and here are some quotes from Utah coach Kyle Whittingham’s press conference Monday. You’ll note one potentially significant injury there as right tackle Tony Bergstrom — who has received some pre-season all-conference mention and is regarded as Utah’s best offensive lineman, is questionable with a knee injury suffered against BYU. As the Utah game notes point out, Bergstrom played only four snaps against BYU, so his backup at least got that game experience. Bergstrom has started 29 straight games for Utah.

— The Salt Lake Tribune, meanwhile, says Utah is buzzing over hosting its Pac-12 opener.

— The Trib also notes that there are still some tickets available and has a notebook with an injury report.

— The Deseret News notes that three Utah offensive linemen have played every snap this year.

— The Deseret News also writes about the buzz in the air over the Pac-12 home opener for Utah.

Ted Miller has a quick look at all the Pac-12 games this week.

— UW has vaulted to fourth in the Pac-12 rankings of Athlon’s.

— Miller also has his weekly Pac-12 Heisman update, which soon may be forced to include Keith Price.

— More trouble brewing at Tennessee in relation to Willie Lyles.

— A few more Pac-12 links from Vince Grippi.

— An ESPN.com blog post praises the early play of Mason Foster.

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