The influence of Don James over the football landscape carries on today.
I've traveled the globe and seen dots of all kinds. But I've never seen anything to make me believe that there was some all powerful dot controlling everything. If there were, well, I'm screwed.
- Tim Booth previews the Huskies in 2012 in a story that shows up all over the web. Nice quotes from Keith Price on what it is going to take to "take the next step".
- Many parties have debated the relative strength of Stanford in 2012 (ahem). Athlons jumps into the fray with a roundtable debate of who is more likely to finish second in the PAC: Stanford or Washington. Part of the problem in forecasting the Cardinal is that we are reduced to forecasting the play of QBs that we've never seen convert a third down pass, the play of WRs who have never taken the field, the play of one if not two true freshman offensive linemen, and the play of an unestablished set of backup RBs in what is supposed to be a run oriented offense.
- Also from Athlons, a look at their pre-season all-conference teams for the PAC.
Tre Watson: walk-on who is making it happen.
- GoHuskies profiles Colin "Panda" Tanigawa as part of their daily update series. I still don't know where the nickname Panda originated (although it doesn't take a huge imagination to figure it out.
- Dawgs in the NFL Update:
1. Jake Locker really struggled last night in his start vs Tampa Bay. Jared Cook didn't help matters by dropping a few easy passes. Still, Jake looked not good. Accuracy wasn't really the issue. On plays where he worked progressions, he was really late and seemed to miss open guys on a few occassions. He also threw a ridiculous intereception. I tweeted that he just doesn't look ready.
2. Alameda Ta'amu is getting beat out as the primary back up to Casey Hampton. Rumors persist that he has had an inconsistent camp.
3. War Daddy may be getting moved to fullback. Keep in mind that the Eagles are mostly a one-back offense and the fullback, when used, is usually a passing downs type of player. This could be a natural for CP1.
- Andy Staples talks about the "Sabanization" of college football and how Saban's philosophies are rooted in the mentoring provided by the Dawgfather, himself, Don James. I guess that means that college football is getting "Dawgfather-ized".
- PSA LB Myles Jack has been hanging around Huskies practices and is now telling Mason Kelly ($) that he is only "90% committed" to UCLA and that it is "cool" that other schools are still talking to him. It is pretty clear that this talented prospect is still in play.
- As reported in our fanshots, Sarkisian has reinstated Josh Perkins and Willis Wilson following the revealing of new information about the incident that led to their dismissal and the testimony of fellow teammates. I think many people are aware of the rumors floating around about this incident. While I won't comment on those, I will say that it is good to see teammates going to the mat for each other.