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Profiling a handful of players, establishing a pecking order at running back and tight end, and examining the records of all Power 5 coaches against top-25 opponents.

Deontae Cooper (6) and Ralph Kinne don't plan to spend 2014 sitting on the bench.
Deontae Cooper (6) and Ralph Kinne don't plan to spend 2014 sitting on the bench.
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  • Chris Petersen took the ice bucket challenge for ALS research.
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  • Mason Kelly checks in with stories on Kevin King's maturation, and what it means for Tani Tupou to realize his dream of playing major college football.

  • Christian Caple writes about the running back competition, and spoke to Brandon Beaver, who says that his farewell conversation with Justin Wilcox is one that sticks with him. He also posts video of his conversation with Beaver and Trevor Walker.

  • Adam Jude says that Andrew Hudson is thrilled to have the opportunity to play one more year in purple and gold, and talks about Coach Pete's very hesitant first step into social media (GeekWire has a non-sports take on Petersen's decision to jump aboard the Twitter wagon). He also mentions that, while Shaq Thompson might occasionally tote the rock, the vast majority of carries will go to players like Dwayne Washington, Jesse Callier, Lavon Coleman, and Deontae Cooper. Elsewhere at the Times, Percy Allen looks at the competition to succeed Austin Seferian-Jenkins at tight end.

  • The Wall Street Journal compiled the career records of all Power 5 coaches against top-25 teams, and Chris Petersen (8–4) is one of just 13 coaches with a winning record against such programs. The others are Alabama's Nick Saban (50–35), Auburn's Gus Malzahn (5–3), Florida State's Jimbo Fisher (9–5), Georgia's Mark Richt (34–31), Louisiana State's Les Miles (40–31), Notre Dame's Brian Kelly (15-11), Ohio State's Urban Meyer (25–12), Oklahoma's Bob Stoops (an insane 50–23), Oregon's Mark Helfrich (2–1), South Carolina's Steve Spurrier (62–52–1), Stanford's David Shaw (14–4), and Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin (8–7). USC's Steve Sarkisian, as I'm sure you noticed, is not likely to join such lofty company anytime soon, with a career record of 8–18 against premiere competition. (H/T: /r/CFB)

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  • Stewart Mandel just became every Washington fan's favorite sportswriter after picking the Huskies to win the Pac-12 North.

  • The Pac-12 Networks its Football Training Camp series' episode on Washington last night; if you have a subscription to a cable network that airs the channel, you can catch it online here. If not, you'll have to survive with these clips of Chris Petersen talking to hosts Mike Yam, Curtis Conway and Rick Neuheisel, and of Deontae Cooper talking about how he's grown through the adversity of three major knee injuries.
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  • Speaking of the conference's media outlets, check out Ryan McGrady's preview of the Huskies for Pac-12.com.

  • ESPN's Mark Schlabach talks about players across the college ranks transferring to different schools to gain a fresh start, leading with Damore'ea Stringfellow's transfer to Ole Miss as his first example.

  • Jared Shanker breaks down which top college football programs play the most freshmen.

  • Download your copy of the 2014 Washington Football Fan Guide from GoHuskies.com.
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