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October 27, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Thursday links — Johnson rebounds, lots of predictions, and more

There weren’t a lot of bright spots against Stanford Saturday.

But one was one that has been there all season — junior receiver James Johnson.

We all wrote a lot about his apparent revival in the spring, when he got healthy and began moving his way back up the depth chart. But now that he is, indeed, revived, standing third on the team in receptions with 25, I thought it would be good to check in with him again and see how he’s feeling about it all. And in my story for today’s paper, Johnson frankly said that now, he’s glad last year happened as it helped him mature become the player and teammate he is today.

UW receivers coach Jimmie Dougherty said Johnson has taken on a real leadership role with the receivers this year, one that will be even more important next year when Jermaine Kearse and Devin Aguilar graduate and Johnson becomes a senior.

IN OTHER NEWS. …

Danny O’Neil and Jerry Brewer continue the Nick Holt debate in their latest Dynamic Duel podcast.

— More good stuff on Holt from Kevin Pelton.

— Times staff Scott Hanson shares some memories of Husky Stadium.

— The Times is inviting you to share your own memories of Husky Stadium as it nears renovation.

— Here’s our weekly 1991 Flashback on the big win over Arizona State.

Bud Withers wonders if a mega-conference is on the way.

— UW is offering a new package that allows you to get tickets for the Oregon and Arizona games for $92.

— GoHuskies.com notes UW’s ability to rebound after big losses.

Jim Moore helpfully reminds UW fans how bad things could be and also ruminates on Holt.

Jon Wilner (who remember, still has UW in his AP Top 25 this week) is picking the Huskies to win but Arizona to cover.

— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller picks UW to win 42-31.

— Rivals.com previews the week in the Pac-12, focusing on Arizona’s revival but also predicting a big game for Keith Price.

— Miller also says Price vs. the Arizona secondary is worth watching this week.

— Arizona safety Robert Golden calls Chris Polk a faster Toby Gerhart.

— The Tucson Citizen also notes what a special night it will be for the Tutogi family Saturday.

— Miller notes how interim Arizona coach Tim Kish is “doing things his way.”

— The Sports Network has a good preview and picks UW to win, 35-24.

— The Salt Lake Tribune picks UW 42-38.

— The Arizona Daily Star has a good look at the last time the Wildcats played at Husky Stadium.

— Kentlake High’s Caleb Saulo has committed to Oregon State.

David Locke and Ian Furness break down the Pac-12.

Chris Dufresne scratches his head at some of the oddities of the BCS rankings.

John Canzano wonders if Cliff Harris is still worth the bother for the Oregon Ducks.

— Lots of other Pac-12 links from Vince Grippi.

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