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September 18, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Morning links: UW passing game better by numbers

“Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike. …

“What day is it?”

Hump Day links:

The debut of “The Jetsons” was a hit for the UW defense.

Jerry Brewer writes that the UW passing game is better by numbers — and that’s despite the relative lack of touches for stars Kasen Williams and Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

As Brewer writes:

They’re better because Kevin Smith, who was recovering from a knee injury last season, is back. He’s currently leading the Huskies with 86.5 receiving yards per game. They’re better because young players such as sophomore Jaydon Mickens can handle more responsibility. Mickens caught 20 passes as a freshman; he already has 17 this season. He’s tied for ninth in the nation with 8.5 receptions per game. And they’re better because they have more depth, with freshman John Ross making an impact and leading a well-regarded freshman-receiver recruiting class, with tight end Joshua Perkins emerging as a threat and with DiAndre Campbell looking much improved.

“Last year, it was, ‘Oh, I hope I catch this ball,’ ” Mickens said. “This year, it’s, ‘Throw it here. I want it.’

“You see the Oregons and the Texas A&Ms giving a lot of people the ball, and they’re all making plays. That’s what we want to be. Whoever gets the ball, great. Whoever doesn’t, we’ll be blocking our tails off.”

If this keeps up in Pac-12 play, defenses will have to respect those secondary options, and as a result, (Keith) Price can foresee more big plays from Williams and ASJ.

“It’s going to be easy for them because it’s going to be one-on-one coverage,” Price said. “Teams are playing us straight up now. They can’t really favor guys. One week, one guy will have 100 yards receiving. Next week, another guy will have 100 yards.”

— Idaho State hopes to leave Seattle after Saturday’s game with its health and confidence intact.

Freshman receiver Samajie Grant is sending an early message for Arizona.

Keep an eye on Bishop Sankey in the Heisman discussion.

Some ‘amazing’ stats from around the Pac-12.

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