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Dot...Dot...Dawg (7/24)

Your mid-week Husky news and notes from across the internet.

Head coach Steve Sarkisian enters his fifth season with the Huskies.
Head coach Steve Sarkisian enters his fifth season with the Huskies.
Steve Dykes

It is the calm before the storm, at least for everyone involved with the media. Pac-12 Media Day kicks off this Friday on July 26, but before then, here are some links to hold you over until then.

  • First off, chances are you'll see Coach Sark on ESPN today. Sark and the other Pac-12 coaches are going through the ESPN "car wash." We'll keep you posted on the coverage throughout the day, but see this link for a detailed schedule.
  • Todd Dybas from the Tacoma News Tribune comes through with a great profile on junior running back Deontae Cooper who has suffered from three straight ACL tears. Dybas calls Cooper a "wild card" player for the Huskies. If he can contribute to this football team it will end up being one of the best stories of the year.
  • ESPN's Pac-12 blog is pumping out content at a high rate. First, Ted Miller breaks down the amount of players from different Pac-12 teams on national award watch lists, surprisingly, UW's total number of candidates ranks them on the lower end of the conference. Miller also covers five of the conference's most surprising games from last season – Washington is mentioned twice, one good result and one bad result. Finally, Miller says the Huskies are in "good shape" at the kicker position with senior Travis Coons.
  • Paul Somerstein from the HuskyHaul expresses his confidence in quarterback Keith Price heading into this season.
  • Former Husky cornerback Desmond Trufant has yet to agree to contract terms with the Atlanta Falcons. Trufant's agent is trying to get a deal that matches with what Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden was able to obtain when he was also picked at the No. 22 spot in the 2012 NFL Draft. You can read more about the contract negotiations at the Falcoholic and Falcons 101.

  • Last but not least, a little self-promotion, but I ranked Seattle's current top five most popular athletes with two Huskies making the list. Find out who they are at Wait For It Seattle.

Question of the Day:

Steve Sarkisian enters his fifth season as the Huskies head coach. Knowing this, Husky Nation knows what to expect from Coach Sark. From a broad perspective, he's enthusiastic, he's an effortless recruiter and he's a competitor. Let's throw out the "fire Sark" debate and instead focus on Sarkisian's coaching strengths and weaknesses, both on and off-the-field. As a fan, what about Sarkisian have you enjoyed compared to past Husky coaches, and what are some areas for improvement for the fifth-year head coach?