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Dot Dot Dawg: Chip, Meet Shoulder

A fifth-year senior linebacker is hungry for his breakout opportunity, all eyes are fall on local five-star MBB recruit Jaden McDaniels, and UW athletic director Jen Cohen gets candid.

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The Seattle Times — You might think Kyler Manu shouldn’t start. The fifth-year Huskies LB is out to prove otherwise.

Mike Vorel examines the role that career backup Kyler Manu might play for the Huskies this fall. For his part, Manu says that his goals remain the same:

“The expectations never changed,” said the fifth-year senior, who has yet to start a game in his UW career. “My mindset every day was to come in, grind, do what I can do for the team, earn my 20 square feet (in the locker room). I feel like I’ve done that so far throughout my career here.

“This is the last step I need to take, and I think I’m doing a pretty good job of taking it right now.”

The Seattle Times — Washington commits keep recruiting 5-star Jaden McDaniels, but he’s still ‘taking my time’

Percy Allen dives into the Huskies basketball team’s efforts to land the services of the elite high school prospect out of Federal Way, whose preferences toward one university or another remain a total enigma:

McDaniels’ recruitment has been described as mysterious because he’d rather talk about anything other than his college choice. Adding to the ambiguity is the dearth of information coming from his tight-knit circle of advisers that includes his parents and brother Jalen, who played at San Diego State.

“I’m my own person,” said McDaniels, who is one of just seven among the top 50 prospects, according to ESPN, that remains undecided on their college future. “I think differently. People usually commit early and don’t usually wait as long as I am.”

The Athletic — A conversation with Jen Cohen: Washington’s AD talks finances, Adidas, her contract (sort of) and beer and wine at Husky Stadium

Christian Caple has an illuminating conversation with Washington’s athletic director, in which Cohen sheds light on her recent pay raise and contract extension (“I wouldn’t be the person that would ever think it would be cool to announce my contract”), the university’s new apparel deal with Adidas (“We knew that was going to be a great opportunity for us”), and more.