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- Super Bowl touchdowns aren't the only good catches that Jermaine Kearse has made lately.
- Danny Shelton, Shaq Thompson, Hau'oli Kikaha and Marcus Peters were named to the watch list for the 2014 Bronko Nagurski Award, given annually to the best defensive player in America. The only other program in America to have four players named to the list is Stanford. In addition, Shelton was named to the watch list for the Outland Trophy, recognizing the best interior lineman in the nation, and Peters was named to the Jim Thorpe Award watchlist, given to the nation's best defensive back.
- Fox Sports put together a list of "20 star playmakers who could own the Pac-12 this season," and followed Ted Miller and Kevin Gemmell's patented Who Needs Huskies Anyway?® method of neglecting to include a single Washington player. I'm sure all of our readers will take that well.
- UPDATE: I forgot to add this when I posted the story earlier today, but this is too timely to wait until Monday's Dots. In this ESPN Insider piece, Travis Haney, Brock Huard, Brad Edwards, Tom Luginbill and Mark Schlabach omitted Washington from their ranking of the top 25 football programs as they project them over the next three seasons, but note that the Dawgs just missed the cut, coming in at No. 28.
- The Pac-12 Blog says that Washington is in good shape at cornerback heading into the 2014 season. If Jermaine Kelly plays to his potential, there's no reason why UW shouldn't be in great shape by the end of the year.
- Sports Out West lists five key objectives the Huskies must meet in order to compete for a conference title.
- Fantasy Football Toolbox assesses where Bishop Sankey belongs in the pecking order among the Tennessee Titans' running backs, concluding that he'll likely become a good flex pick for fantasy players this year.
- Fantasy Football Toolbox also turns their attention to Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who is confident that he will be healthy in time to report for training camp later this month. Meanwhile, Fox Sports says that ASJ's history as a dual-sport athlete should serve him well in the NFL.
- UW baseball coach Lindsay Meggs received his latest commitment for the 2015 class from Andy Cosgrove, a standout catcher from Juanita High School.
Panelist Brock Huard played QB at U-Dub and lives in Seattle. He told me has heard extremely positive things about Chris Petersen's first few months on the job.
As I wrote at the time Petersen was hired, it's distinctly possible that Lane Kiffin's departure from the USC Trojans allowed Washington to upgrade its head coach. No offense to Steve Sarkisian, but we had all wondered for years if, when and where Petersen would go to take his first power conference gig.
At Washington, Petersen inherits decent talent -- we gave the Huskies a 6.4 in the category. But what would we have given Boise State a year ago? It's going to feel like a step up in talent for Petersen, who is as good as any coach in the country at finding best fits for his program and system.
Petersen, by the way, got an 8 in coaching from our panel. That was the same score for FSU's Jimbo Fisher, who just won a title, and Notre Dame's Brian Kelly, who played for one the previous season. Their programs were both in the top 10.