Dot...Dot...Dawg (6/25)

Danny Shelton will solidify his role as the heart of Washington's defense this fall. - Steve Dykes

Singling out the football team's most important player, high praise (and high expectations) for Chris Petersen, and how athletic departments are driving student fans away from the stadium.

Happy Wednesday, everybody.

  • Kevin Gemmell says that Danny Shelton is Washington's most important player. I find that hard to disagree with; certainly, with his combination of size and experience, Shelton is undoubtedly Washington's most irreplaceable player. Tyler Brett at RantSports agrees, calling Shelton "a one-man wrecking crew."

  • Bryan Fischer says that Chris Petersen is among the best coaches in college football, ranking him second only to Nick Saban.

  • LATE ADDITION: When I put this together, I had completely forgotten to link to Mason Kelly's new profile of Kasen Williams that went online yesterday. The closer we get to the 2014 season, the more I'm convinced that Kasen is going to be among the best wideouts in the conference, so long as his leg cooperates with him. 

  • This morning, Ted Miller began his annual position previews for Pac-12 teams. First up is quarterback; as you might expect, Washington is listed in the "we'll see" category.

  • Scott Whitum at The Husky Haul breaks down what Isaiah Renfro's commitment to the Huskies means for the team's future at the wide receiver position.

  • Bud Withers writes about KOMO's acquisition of the University of Washington's broadcast rights, and reminisces about the university's history with the radio station.

  • Mel Kiper is onboard the Bishop Sankey Hype Train, calling Tennessee's running back his No. 1 fantasy prospect among rookies. Dustin Hockensmith at PennLive gives similar praise.

  • Yahoo! Sports has a fantastic story on how the Michigan athletic department's business-minded decision-making process has turned students away from attending football games in unprecedented numbers.

  • I'm kicking myself for forgetting to link this when it came out last month: The Pac-12 Networks' Yogi Roth penned a great piece for the Huffington Post about how Michael Sam being drafted as the NFL's first openly gay player is symbolic of the way college football teams across America are fostering more inclusive cultures.

  • The details behind Hope Solo's arrest are starting to come out, and suffice to say that they are not flattering.
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