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.”
- Good analysis from our Jerry Brewer on the Huskies’ ongoing transition under Chris Petersen.
- A healthy D-line has fueled Stanford this season.
- Former Stanford QB Tavita Pritchard is back in the Puget Sound region this weekend.
- Some predictions from the cool kids at The UW Daily.
- Pac-12 picks from Bud Withers.
- Pac-12 picks from Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News.
- Petersen and David Shaw both mentored Boise State assistant Mike Sanford.
- Are the Huskies a contender in the Pac-12?
- UCLA looked like a title contender Thursday night in routing Arizona State, 62-27.
- This is a cool concept: Petersen supports USA Football’s campaign for a “better, safer game.”
— UW Football (@UW_Football) September 25, 2014
#Washington has offered 2016 four-star athlete Beau Bisharat from Carmichael (Calif.) Jesuit.
— Adam Gorney (@adamgorney) September 26, 2014
Larry Scott said the idea of a standardized injury report hasn't been on the table lately. Would like Pac-12 to institute one eventually.
— Jack Wang (@thejackwang) September 26, 2014