Day four of UW’s training camp doesn’t figure to be an easy one as the team continues to digest the tough news of last night — that running back Deontae Cooper will miss a third straight season with an ACL injury. This one, though, to his healthy right knee — the first two were to his left.
As noted last night, many of us had talked to Cooper on Monday on what was the first day of the season he hoped would mark his full return to the field
And I’m reminded of some other words he spoke that day when asked if he’d ever gotten down while rehabbing his first two injuries.
“You’ve got to consistently grind and get through it,” he said. “Because your situation can always be worse.”
It’s that attitude that makes Cooper so popular among teammates and others around the program, an attitude that that unfathomably — if not unfairly — gets yet another stiff test.
Cooper had hoped to get into the competition for time at tailback this season as the Huskies look to replace Chris Polk.
With Cooper again sadly out of the picture, junior Jesse Callier and sophomore Bishop Sankey remain the 1-2 at the tailback spot, and the Huskies will now have to turn elsewhere for depth after those two.
UW coach Steve Sarkisian has already twice singled out true freshman Erich Wilson II for his play in camp — with the caveat that the Huskies have yet to get in full pads. Redshirt frosh Dezden Petty and walk-on Willis Wilson are also in the mix.
Now, even if football can seem somewhat secondary upon hearing such news, some links. …
First, those related to UW. …
— In my main story for today, I wrote about receiver Kasen Williams and the more focused approach he is taking to practice this season.
— I also had this on Cooper.
— HuskyNation with some thoughts on Cooper’s injury.
— GoHuskies.com with a nice story on tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
— CollegeFootballTalk picks UW third in the Pac-12 North.
— In your daily Jake Locker update, a starting quarterback for Tennessee’s game at Seattle Saturday could be named today.
— Chris Polk and the Eagles will play against Alameda Ta’amu and the Steelers in a pre-season game tonight. Here’s a feature on Polk with his thoughts on finally playing an NFL game, and an assessment of how much Ta’amu may play tonight.
Now for some links around the Pac-12/college football. …
— Here’s the Oregonian’s daily Pac-12 rundown.
— And lots of Pac-12 links in Christian Caple’s daily WSU rundown.
— WSU LB Logan Mayes, son of Rueben Mayes, hoping to make a bigger impact for the Cougs this season.
— A look at USC’s contingency plans at middle linebacker and left tackle.
— This is a Scout.com subscription story, but here are some San Diego State practice notes including Aztec coach Rocky Long saying “it’s a dumb rule” that college teams cannot be in pads the first two days of practice. He says since all college players workout all summer they are in the necessary shape to begin working out in full gear from day one.
— Looks like new LSU QB Zach Mettenberger is inspiring confidence early on in camp.
— And here are a lot of quotes from LSU’s media day.
— Jon Wilner has LSU No. 1 in his Top 25.
— Here’s an update on the renovation of the Rose Bowl.
— A few Pac-12 players, but no Huskies, on SI.com’s pre-season All-American team.
— Finally, Bishop Sankey was a guest on KJR-AM last night. Listen here:
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