Percy Allen filed this for today’s paper:
Nothing against Travis Coons, but the Washington Huskies hope their triple-threat kicking dynamo makes fewer appearances this season.
Some players might hold a grudge if the coaching staff wanted to limit their time on the field, but Coons isn’t taking it personally.
“I guess they’re thinking less is more,” he said, laughing.
In his first year at UW last season, the transfer from Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif., won the kicking duties and took over the punting job after three games to become the first Husky since 1987 to handle both responsibilities for most of the season.
Coons also took care of kickoffs, which made him the only player in the Pac-12 to do all three kicking jobs.
Looking back on 2012, he rubbed his stubbly chin and shook his head in amazement.
“After thinking about it, it’s really cool to think about I got the opportunity to do that,” he said grinning. “I thank the coaches for that. But that’s what I wanted to do coming out of JC (junior college).”
It may have been Coons’ plan, but the Huskies didn’t expect him to participate in 171 plays — 63 kickoffs, 54 punts, 39 PATs, 14 field-goal attempts and one fake punt. He booted the pigskin 5,863 yards, which is 3.3 miles.
“It took a toll,” special-teams coordinator Johnny Nansen said. “It’s a wear and tear on the kid.”
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– Austin Seferian-Jenkins makes yet another preseason All-American team, this from CBSsports.com.
– Boise State’s defense shut down the offense in the Broncos’ first scrimmage on Sunday night.
– This story’s worth following: The NCAA says there is no final decision yet on the eligibility on a 24-year-old ex-Marine hoping to play for Middle Tennessee this season.
Scheduling note: The Huskies practice at 6:15 p.m. today. The first 20 minutes are open to the media, and then interviews will be after practice, around 8:30-9. The Huskies moved into their new locker room on Sunday, so we’ll certainly ask them about that.