A snippet of Jerry Brewer‘s column today on Deontae Cooper:
Hope is close enough to have a countdown now. Eight days. If Cooper can make it eight more days, he’ll play Aug. 31 against Boise State before 70,000 fans in the much-anticipated reopening of Husky Stadium.
“It’s just going to tell me that I’m back,” Cooper said of the moment. “And I’m over it. The hard times are over. And that’s what I’m looking forward to.”
It’s unrealistic to think Cooper will return and dominate the game as some predicted when he came out of high school. He admits to watching film and seeing “some timid things I do,” and he still hasn’t had what he refers to as “that cut” — a ferocious, hard-planting, defender-ditching change of direction — yet.
But coach Steve Sarkisian says Cooper has been good enough throughout the preseason to join a fully stocked rotation of running backs behind starter Bishop Sankey.
— That’s Ken Griffey Jr. above with his 2-year-old son, Trey, in the Kingdome on Sept. 22, 1996 (Rod Mar photo). Earlier this week, I caught up with Trey Griffey, now a redshirt freshman receiver at Arizona, as part of our ongoing series previewing the Pac-12.
— The Huskies are one of the few college teams invited to test out a new technology that monitors an athletes’ history of head injuries with a chip-like patch placed behind the right ear. Sounds intriguing.
— SI.com’s Stewart Mandel predicts UW will go 8-4 overall and 5-4 in the Pac-12 this season.
— As Bob Condotta has noted, former UW fullback Jonathan Amosa is on the Green Bay Packers roster. He’s No. 48. Someone else to watch out for when the Seahawks and Packers play their preseason game tonight in Green Bay.
— If you haven’t yet, check out Condotta’s story on Jermaine Kearse. Little doubt Kearse will make the squad and have an impact for the Seahawks this season.
— Chris Polk has been a top performer in Eagles camp.