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UW’s MBB team clinches the Pac-12 regular season championship, Washington’s football stars are on display at the NFL Combine, and Chris Petersen brings his 2020 quarterback into the fold.

NCAA Basketball: Washington at Stanford Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Times — No. 25 Huskies overcome foul trouble vs. Stanford to narrowly avoid disastrous Bay Area road trip

Percy Allen recaps the Washington Huskies narrow win Sunday over Stanford, in which the Dawgs salvaged a road split after losing in humiliating fashion to last-place Cal on Thursday. Despite clinching sole ownership over the Pac-12’s regular season championship, the Huskies almost certainly need to win next week’s Pac-12 tournament in order to secure a position to play in the NCAA tournament, as the Conference of Champions looks almost assuredly to be a one-bid league in 2019.

The Seattle Times — UW’s Jake Browning shows off arm at NFL combine while WSU’s Gardner Minshew gives ‘all I’ve got’

Bob Condotta checks in on the state of Washington’s quarterback delegation at the NFL Combine, where both UW’s Jake Browning and WSU’s Gardner Minshew II have given the league’s GMs reasons to consider selecting them:

“From a pure accuracy perspective, Browning was as good as any passer on the field during Saturday’s first quarterback session,’’ [NFLDraftScout.com’s Rob] Rang wrote. “He threw the ball confidently and it came off his hand with as much velocity as at any point I’ve seen it during his four years as Washington’s starting quarterback. A team looking for a quick distributor at quarterback will no doubt be intrigued by the smarts, accuracy and apparently improved arm strength from Browning.’’

The Athletic — Washington CB Keith Taylor Jr. is all about his business — and in 2019, that could mean a starring role

Christian Caple profiles Keith Taylor, one of UW’s likely starters at cornerback and someone about whom I mentioned back in November as having “a legit shot to be named to the all-conference team in 2019.” Caple dissects Taylor’s road to Washington that began with his no-drama approach to recruitment, and led to his opportunity to become the latest NFL-caliber defensive back to be developed by Jimmy Lake and Pete Kwiatkowski.

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  • Byron Murphy ran a 4.55-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine today.

Expectations are through the roof for the strong-armed, 6-5 passer, but remember, he hasn’t played regularly since starting 12 games as a true freshman in 2016. After spending the past year running Washington’s scout team, spring is his chance to finally take control of a team that’s gone to three consecutive New Year’s Six bowls but could definitely use a more potent passing attack.

  • Ben Burr-Kirven earned a mention in Daniel Jeremiah’s day three NFL Combine takeaways, with the analyst saying that the former Washington linebacker’s “football instincts are off the charts.”
  • The Dawgs earned a commitment this morning from 2020 three-star quarterback Ethan Garbers. Check out our discussion of the news here.

“People might look at me and say, ‘She has her undergraduate degree and she’s getting a master’s degree. She’s been to a Final Four. She’s playing basketball and getting a free education.’ People will see all that and say, ‘She has everything to be happy about. She has great people around her, great memories, so why is she depressed?’

“What I’ve tried to explain to people is that it’s something I can’t always control. And I don’t completely have the answer as to why it’s happening. As I’ve told people, ‘Do you think I want to be sad my last year of college basketball? If I could have it my way, I’d be in a great mood every day and I’d be enjoying my last year and maybe it’d be my best year.”

  • Finally, a very happy birthday to Coach Hop’s son Grant!