Kasen Williams - 2012 Breakout Candidate
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- Ted Miller chimes in on the "new look" to the UW-Oregon rivalry. He points out, fairly, that many of UW's traditional comebacks including the old Rose Bowl tweak are no longer valid. What he hasn't gotten into is the interesting dynamic to the rivalry in terms of the lingering bitterness that Oregon feels towards Washington. While it is certainly understandable why bitterness has descended upon the Husky side - eight straight blowouts by a team that brashly flaunts its rule-breaking as a badge of honor will do that - the fact that Oregon crowd hasn't gotten more blase about UW after nearly a decade of dominance speaks to the depths of their acrimony over the years. One thing is for sure, UW will beat Oregon again ... maybe this year, maybe next year, maybe the year after ... and when it happens, there will be some fireworks around these message boards.
- Speaking of the Oregon-Washington rivalry, here is a unique take on it told from the point of view of a wine connoisseur. Warning, this isn't really a football link, but it is fun. Cheers.
- The Huskies are #23 in this SI post-spring power poll. They also happen to have scheduled three of the top four teams in the rankings. This year's schedule is going to be brutal.
- Steve Sarkisian was interviewed on KJR yesterday. Among the more interesting things he said, he noted that he wasn't all that concerned about the offensive line and that most of the sacks in the spring game came against the second unit.
- Bob Condotta attended the Northwest Hall of Fame luncheon and got some good video, including a few items covering Steve Emtman. Check out his blog for some other items, including a video of Dick Baird.
- Realignment has gone crazy in the so-called non-AQ conferences. Frankly, I've lost track of it all. Thank goodness for Stewart Mandel. Anyone else think that the formation of playoffs compels Boise St and SDSU to drop their commitments to the Big East and head back to the Mountain West?
- Kevin Gemmell has a poll on potential Pac 12 breakout players. Included is one-time Washington commit DeAndre Coleman and Kasen Williams. Also inlcuded, only because Gemmell is the worst Stanford homer since John Elway, is James Vaughters. James Vaughters...over Brett Hundly, Dominique Williams, Sean Parker, Curtis McNeal, Cameron Marshall, Joe Fauria or either Oregon QB? Please.
- Pacific Takes of our very own SB Nation has a run down of the top 10 sleeper recruits of the past decade. One Husky is on it ... and, yes, it is the one you probably thought of. And, no, Cort Dennison did not even make honorable mention.
- Mason Kelly has a really nice rundown of Washington state recruits in a review with Tom Lemming of CBS Sports. Highlights include Lemming's assessment of Sammie Long ("He catches everything in sight") and Sean Constantine ("He's a potential All-American").
- On the topic of recruits, here is a little coverage on Max Browne.
- The roundball Huskies will be Globetrotters this summer. And a really big Dawg will get the rare chance to go home.
- Is the UW Men's BBall team getting outhustled on the recruiting trail? Hard to say if they are getting outhustled, but they are certainly witnessing the assembly of some other powerhouses in the Pac.
- Hillary Zevenbergen scored on a legend. But the lady Dawgs still fell in the friendly.
- If you are in Seattle, don't forget to check out the Crew team at the Windermere Cup today (10:20am PDT). UW Men, the defending national champs, are ranked #1 in the country while the ladies are ranked #5. These athletes make up one of the most dominant programs that we've ever had in any sport at UW. Go check them out.
- Here is some national coverage of the Winderemere Cup from the Washington Post. The focus here is on the participation of the Argentina National team in the tournament. Definitely a good read.
And, in case you missed it, the Cougar basketball team under Ken Bone is recruiting for size. Here is some tape on their latest recruit.