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September 26, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Huskies morning links: Senior center Colin Tanigawa a mean leader on UW’s offensive line

UW center Colin Tanigawa and quarterback Cyler Miles warm up before the Huskies' game against Illinois. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

UW center Colin Tanigawa and quarterback Cyler Miles warm up before the Huskies’ game against Illinois. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

It was truly intended as a compliment. In hindsight, calling a 6-foot-3, 292-pound guy a “mean” son-of-a-gun might not have been the smartest move for a reporter who would have trouble doing 10 push-ups.

Then again, if the guy’s nickname is “Panda,” how mean can he be?

In the case of UW senior center Colin Tanigawa, plenty mean, it turns out.

“He’s nasty, man. He’s nasty,” said teammate Dexter Charles, who plays alongside Tanigawa on the Huskies’ offensive line. “He’s a warrior out there. He’s a gladiator. He doesn’t hold anything back. He’s not afraid of anybody.”

Tanigawa’s on-field persona is a stark contrast to his quiet, nice-guy personality off the field. The “Panda” nickname fits off the field, in some ways.

Tanigawa’s transition to center — a position he never played before this year — has gone as well as UW could’ve hoped. He and his linemates will have to be at their best Saturday if the Huskies hope to knock off No. 16 Stanford and its top-ranked defense.

“It’s definitely a huge task at hand,” he said. “We’ve got a whole group of experienced guys out there, and we’re all hungry to get some work done.”

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